Best area to stay in New Orleans

Where is the best area to stay in New Orleans?

New Orleans is a bustling city on the Mississippi River in Louisiana, famous for its party atmosphere, live music, vibrant culture, and Creole and Cajun cuisine. It is home of the famous Mardi Gras celebration with its huge parades that last for two weeks and culminate on Fat Tuesday, the day before Lent. The Jazz Fest is another great reason to visit this lively city, as well as its many music festivals and live performances. New Orleans also has a fabulous food scene with some of the best restaurants to try Oysters Rockefeller, shrimp gumbo, jambalaya, po-boys or its Monday tradition of red beans and rice.


The best area to stay in New Orleans is the French Quarter with its lively atmosphere and many attractions. Considered a national landmark, it’s the heart of the city and where it’s happening when the party gets started, particularly on its nocturnal Bourbon Street that stretches thirteen blocks of bars and clubs. Sitting right on the waterfront, this area is thriving with live music, excellent restaurants and festivals year round to keep you busy. The French Quarter is simply charming with its characteristic Spanish architecture (the French architecture suffered in two major fires and was rebuilt by the Spanish), its bright Caribbean colors, and its many typical balconies and galleries.

Hotel   Avg price
Grenoble House
323 Dauphine St
206€ - 210$
Haunted Hotel New Orleans
623 Ursulines Ave
208€ - 212$
Hotel   Avg price
Best Western Plus French Quarter Courtyard Hotel
920 N Rampart St
167€ - 170$
Hotel Mazarin
730 Bienville St
200€ - 204$
The Westin New Orleans
100 Iberville St
235€ - 240$
Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans
300 Bourbon St
240€ - 245$
Hotel Monteleone
214 Royal St
283€ - 289$
Hotel   Avg price
Four Seasons New Orleans
2 Canal St
473€ - 482$


On the map, which shows the most convenient area to stay in New Orleans, you can see a selection of some of the best located hotels.



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French Quarter, the best area to stay in New Orleans


French Quarter

The French Quarter is the best place to stay in New Orleans for its nightlife and entertainment, with its raucous Bourbon Street pulsating with energy. With its lively festivals, parties and music events, there’s always something to do or see in this area. Don’t be surprised if you find jazz bands parading down the street, local artists selling their wares and street performers waiting to entertain you.


There are plenty of things to do and see in the French Quarter. If you’re interested in museums, visit the Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture where you can have a tour and even dress up in some of the spectacular costumes. The New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum is a great place to learn about the legends and mysteries of voodoo of which NOLA is so famous for. They also give haunted cemetery tours.


Be sure to try a few of the great restaurants and bars that serve up typical NOLA foods. For French Creole cuisine, stop in for a bite at the historic Brousssards, a restaurant that has been around for over 100 years. For fine dining, book a reservation at GW Fins and enjoy delicious lobster dumpling appetizers while waiting for your meal. For cheaper deli food and great sandwiches, try Alberto’s Cheese and Wine Bistro for a delicious Caprese or turkey sub sandwich.



Hotels in the French Quarter


Other areas to stay in New Orleans




Downtown CBD New Orleans

The Central Business District (CBD) and Downtown area of New Orleans lies just south of the French Quarter and borders the Mississippi River. It’s the best place to stay for its large selection of accommodations and for its proximity to the French Quarter. In this area you will find the Hyatt, Hilton, Marriot and Windsor hotels, as well as some boutique hotels. You can also treat yourself to some upscale shopping in the South Market District. Here you will find high-end boutiques for anything from fashion to beauty products.


Amongst its high rises, the Downtown area offers a number of great options for dining that will meet any budget. There are a number of upscale restaurants, such as NOLA Caye, Restaurant R’evolution, and August for a special treat. Chophouse New Orleans is a popular steakhouse. For cheaper eats, try the Daisy Dukes Express where they serve up some of the best burgers and hearty breakfast plates, along with the Cajun and Creole cuisine.


For entertainment, the Orpheum is an historic world-class theater for performing arts. The Saenger Theater happens to be on the National Register of Historic Places and holds Broadway shows, comedians, concerts and more. If you’re traveling with children, the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas might be of interest.



Hotels in the CBD/Downtown




Arts/Warehouse District


Arts Warehaouse DistricThe Arts/Warehouse District is located in the south of the Central Business District. It’s the best place for visiting museums and galleries, as its full of art culture. For large art museums, be sure to visit the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, which has the largest collection of Southern art in the world. There are plenty of smaller galleries to choose from as well. The Callan Contemporary Gallery, George Schmidt Gallery, and Gallery ESTELLA all have excellent reviews. For those war history enthusiasts, don’t miss the National WWII Museum with its many artifacts, photographs and educational films. There’s also a Confederate Memorial Hall Museum with the largest collection of Confederate memorabilia.


Take a walk down Fulton Street with its busy pedestrian mall and square. It’s also a great destination for its outdoor entertainment space that hosts parties, concerts and other events.


The Arts District serves up some delicious cuisine when you’re tired from visiting the many galleries. For high-end dining, try Restaurant Rebirth along the port for Cajun and Creole dishes, as well as seafood. For a quick, healthy bite to eat, try the Daily Beet, a cafe that offers vegetarian and gluten-free options, smoothies and grain bowls.



Hotels in the Arts/Warehouse District