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A few things come to mind immediately when I think of New Orleans: Gumbo, Mardi Gras, and Bourbon Street. I think about creole cooking and parties that go all night. I think about really nice people and really loud music.
It’s amazing that I have all of these associations with a city that I’ve never been to. New Orleans is famous. It’s a city that I’ve always dreamed about visiting — one that I know I will love, if for no other reason than the amount of food there is to try.
As I do my research, it also seems to be a place full of character. There are so many boutique hotels in New Orleans that I want to enjoy, it’s going to be hard to choose just one!
Hilton Garden Inn
The Hilton Garden Inn New Orleans has managed to capture a bit of Southern flare in their decor. I love the bright colors and all the natural light in the rooms. It’s also located in a neighborhood I’m dying to explore: the Arts District. There’s an on-site pool to cool off after a hot Louisiana day and a restaurant offering some top-quality local fare.
When I imagine the perfect neighborhood in New Orleans, I think instantly of the French Quarter, which is where the Hyatt French Quarter is located. The rooms are simple, but big. There’s an outdoor pool, a gym, and two restaurants, but the real appeal is when you walk out of the front door and step onto Bourbon Street. The location simply couldn’t be better.
I’m in love with the decor of the Bourbon Orleans Hotel. It’s old world plantation architecture, the shades of green that surround the outdoor pool, and the dark romantic bar that’s begging for me to order a bourbon cocktail. The hotel is right in the center of all the action with Jackson Square a short walk away and jazz bars around every corner. It’s surprisingly affordable considering how stunning and well located it is.
Le Richelieu in the French Quarter is a little old world, and perhaps a little old-fashioned, but there’s something I like about that. The colonial style façade is welcoming, there’s a big outdoor pool with comfortable looking lounge chairs, and the rooms are decorated in rich colors and plush furniture. The ornate decor in the lobby looks like something straight out of the Palace of Versailles — a lovely nod to the French Quarter, I think.
The Prince Conti Hotel is definitely at the top of my list for hotels to stay when I visit New Orleans. I love the laid back look of the place, the Southern touches, the gorgeous private tables in the restaurant, and the rooms that are full of natural light. It’s right in the center of the French Quarter, so it’s well located for exploring. In the off-season, rooms are less than $100 per night, making it an absolute bargain for the location.
I cannot wait to get myself down to this eclectic city and start exploring!