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New Orleans is a city I’ve always wanted to visit. Mostly because I was to eat creole food and listen to amazing live music, but I know there’s more to this amazing city than that.
I want to see Bourbon Street up close and meet interesting people full of stories. I also want to explore the history of the region. There was the French Rule, then the Spanish. It’s completely different from anywhere I’ve ever been in the U.S., and I simply have to see it with my own eyes.
I also want to enjoy some of its boutique hotels in the process. There are so many lovely refurbished hotels and newly built hotels in unique locations. It’s going to be so hard to choose!
Modern Stay in the Arts & Warehouse District
The Hilton Garden Inn New Orleans Convention Center is a really nice new hotel located right downtown. It’s a block away from the historical Riverfront Streetcar, which will take you to all the best sites along the river. The hotel itself is pretty large. It has a pool, gym, free Wi-Fi, and an airport shuttle. A buffet breakfast is available every morning with plenty of local favorites like Louisiana sausage and grits.
Historic New Orleans Hotel
The Bourbon Orleans Hotel feels like stepping back in time. The rooms are stunningly decorated, the pool is a green oasis, and the location couldn’t be better. Be sure to book a room with a balcony if you’re coming for mardi gras. Coming at another time of year? Not to worry, it’s also surrounded by tons of great restaurants, bars, and live music venues.
French Quarter Luxury
If you’re looking for a mixture of modern and historical in the French Quarter, the Hyatt French Quarter is a great option. The Colonial-style hotel has been refurbished and the interior is modern and chic. The rooms are big and full of natural light. There’s a gym, outdoor pool, fitness center and on-site restaurant. It’s right in the French Quarter, which means is surrounded by top restaurants and bars.
French Design Near Bourbon Street
Le Richelieu is a lovely historical building with period decor to match. If you want to feel transported to the New Orleans of old, this is a good place to do it. Located in the French Quarter, very close to Bourbon Street, this is a great option for getting out and exploring the area’s best food and drink. There’s also a really nice courtyard with a pool for enjoying the Southern sunshine.
Elegant 19th Century Hotel
The Prince Conti Hotel is the perfect balance of old and new. The 19th-century building has been beautifully restored and furnished with top quality antiques, but it doesn’t feel old-fashioned. The bar is all dark wood and rich brown leather, the rooms are full of natural light and quite big for a building of this time. It’s also right in the French Quarter near all the action.
With all of these eventually located hotels, it’s going to be hard to choose just one!