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New Orleans, LA
Travel Guide

Royal Street featuring street scenes

New Orleans charmswith its energy and community spirit: Dixieland jazz, laid-back locals,cherished architecture and a distinctive French flair. 

Lashedby Hurricane Katrina in 2005, New Orleans continues to rebuild. Meanwhile, intrue Southern style, the city embraces the mantra “let the good times roll.”You’ll find the locals relaxed, and unhurried, always ready for a chat, andembodying the spirit of the city’s nickname, “The Big Easy.”

New Orleans sits onthe Mississippi River in southern Louisiana. It was founded in1718 by Phillippe d’Orleans, then the Regent of France. The city was underSpanish control for decades before it passed back into French hands, and thenwas sold to the United States in 1803.

A magnet forimmigrants, the city attracted sugar and cotton workers from France, Ireland,Germany and Africa. Today you’ll find it a multicultural blend of Creoles,African Americans and French-speaking locals.

Goto the FrenchQuarter to see the rattling streetcars made famous in TennesseeWilliams’ play A Streetcar Named Desire. This lively area is known for its ornate,Spanish Colonial architecture. Each year, leading up to Lent, theFrenchQuarter hosts the colorful Mardi Gras festivities, said to havestarted as early as 1743.

While in the quarter,stop by the famous Café du Monde, beloved for chicory-laced cafe au lait andFrench-style beignets. From here, cross the road to Jackson Square.This beautiful park has been a popular hangout for artists since the early1920s. Today, it’s home to painters, tarot readers, musicians, streetperformers and classic Creole cuisine. Sample traditional food, includingpo’boy sandwiches, fresh Louisiana crawfish, spicy gumbo, jambalaya stews andsugary pralines.Don'tmiss a night out on iconic Bourbon Street, known for itsnightspots, cafes, strip joints and jazz clubs. Venues here have hosted manyfamous musicians, including Louis Armstrong, a New Orleans native.

New Orleans also hasstrong ties to a strain of Voodoo religion that is still practiced by a handfulof locals. You can take a voodoo-themed tours of the infamous St. LouisCemetery, whileLafayette Cemetery is a popular location for movieshoots.

Getting around iseasy, though, as the city is flat and ideal for walking. Alternatively, jump ona streetcar for an inexpensive bit of fun. Several lines originate in Downtownand cover most of the areas you will want to visit. At night, find a cab at acab-stands and hotels, or telephone one and it will generally arrive fairlyquickly. Driving in New Orleans is not recommended. Parking spaces are scarceand expensive, and finding your way is sometimes difficult with many one-waystreets and a rather complicated layout.

For more details oninteresting local attractions and activities, check out our things to do in New Orleans page.

Best time to visit New OrleansThe best time to visit is late winter, or early spring—you'll enjoy moderate weather (nights can be cool), blooming azaleas, and a busy, fun atmosphere filled with festivals and other special events. During the most popular festivals like Mardi Gras (February) and the Jazz and Heritage Festival (April–May), the city is bustling with excitement and activities, but hotel rooms are in short (and expensive!) supply. If you plan to visit the city during these events, it’s wise to book your room well in advance.

Peak season: February through May is the busiest time for travel to New Orleans. Temperatures are warm, but not hot, the azaleas are in full bloom, and the city is hopping with festivals and special events.

Value season: In December (before and during Christmas), tourists are scarce, so you can take advantage of dramatically lower hotel rates. The weather is mild and the city is decorated in seasonal glitter, making this a great time to visit the Big Easy. From June through August, the weather is hot and humid. During the summer months, the sun can shine for as long as 11 hours each day, providing little break from the heat.

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Where to stay in New Orleans

Royal Sonesta New Orleans
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
4.5 out of 5
300 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥16,301 per night from Apr 19 to Apr 20

Located in French Quarter, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bourbon Street and Jackson Square. French Market and National World War II Museum ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,070 reviews)

"Great property, wonderful area, but they did not share it would be 50 dollars to park, and we had to wait 2 hours before the room was ready."…"

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2021

Royal Sonesta New Orleans
Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
4 out of 5
621 Saint Louis St, New Orleans, LA
The price is ¥13,686 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21

This family-friendly New Orleans hotel is located in the historical district, within a 5-minute walk of Bourbon Street, Jackson Square, and Preservation Hall. ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,656 reviews)

"Wonderful experience at the Omni! Our fist time in New Orleans, we will definitely be back someday!"…"

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2021

Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans, an IHG Hotel
Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
739 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA
The price is ¥13,566 per night from Apr 22 to Apr 23

Located in French Quarter, this luxury hotel is steps from Canal Street, Bourbon Street, and Royal Street. Decatur Street and Saenger Theatre are also within ...

3.9/5Very Good! (2,643 reviews)

"Beautiful hotel that is walking distance to just about everything you would want to see in the French Quarter."…"

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2021

Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans, an IHG Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Luxury Condos in California Building by Hosteeva
Luxury Condos in California Building by Hosteeva
3.5 out of 5
1111 Tulane Avenue, New Orleans, LA
The price is ¥7,111 per night from Apr 14 to Apr 15

Located in New Orleans Central Business District, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Canal Street, Harrah's New Orleans Casino, and Mercedes-Benz ...

4.2/5Excellent! (304 reviews)

"I loved the location, I was able to walk everywhere I wanted to go. Views were amazing from the top floor,and the whole unit waa luxury down to the dishwasher. My flight left at 3:00pm so I asked for a late checkout. They extended it from 10am to 11am which was no help,I was even willing to pay more ..."…"

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2021

Luxury Condos in California Building by Hosteeva
Sonder - Duncan Plaza
Sonder - Duncan Plaza
4 out of 5
925 Common Street, New Orleans, LA

Located in New Orleans Central Business District, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Canal Street, Bourbon Street, and Saenger Theatre. Royal Street ...

4.1/5Very Good! (98 reviews)

"It was much bigger than expected. The toilet was constantly running and the sink had a drip, but I was very impressed with the overall condition of the room and the security guards were extremely friendly and helpful. Would definitely stay again."…"

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2021

Sonder - Duncan Plaza
The Brandywine by Sextant
The Brandywine by Sextant
4 out of 5
888 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA
The price is ¥6,673 per night from Apr 21 to Apr 22

Located in New Orleans Central Business District, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of National World War II Museum, Smoothie King Center, and Canal ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (119 reviews)

"Our penthouse had everything we needed except a wine opener, which we got from housekeeping the very next day. If you can process that this is not your typical hotel with a front desk that you can call and there is nowhere to store your luggage before and after check-in then I recommend this property. ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2021

The Brandywine by Sextant
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of New Orleans

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5/5 - Excellent

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Jun 5, 2020

Due to COVID amenities at the hotel were closed which was fine. Also I didn’t see any staff but the front desk clerk also due to COVID but they both were very sweet and helpful. I know that if I was able to experience all amenities it Would be nice

4/5 - Good

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Jun 4, 2020

Not really.

5/5 - Excellent

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Jun 2, 2020

It is a wonderful city and we will be visiting again soon.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

Most of the busineses were closed due to the Covid19 epidemic, but we still found great takeout food and always, great sightseeing.

5/5 - Excellent

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May 26, 2020

Amazing hotel.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 21, 2020

People are friendly and food is delish no matter where you decide to go for a bite.

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