New Orleans

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New Orleans

Listen to jazz at its best, eat spicy Creole food and dress in costume for parades and festivities during Mardi Gras in this fascinating southern U.S. city.

New Orleans took a battering from Hurricane Katrina in 2005, but the city is gradually returning to normal and opening its arms to visitors in the spirit of true Southern hospitality. This French-flavoured community on the banks of the legendary Mississippi River has seen plenty of good times and bad times, but its infectious joie de vivre is unstoppable.

Founded by the French Regent Phillippe d’Orleans in 1718, the city spent a number of years under Spanish control before returning to French ownership, eventually becoming part of the United States of America in 1803. Sugar and cotton plantation workers came first from Europe and Africa, and subsequent immigration from other continents has given the city its characteristically multicultural flavour. Influences of Creole, African American and French culture can be felt everywhere, from food to architecture, faith to art.

Of course, one of the most famous products of this cultural melting pot is the music for which the city is world-famous – jazz! The slave songs of the cotton fields gradually morphed into the Dixieland sound made famous by locally born legend Louis Armstrong, among others. On any given night in Bourbon Street you can hear great jazz pouring out of the bars and clubs, while the Mardi Gras parades leading up to Lent fill the narrow streets of the historic French Quarter with marching bands and brightly coloured floats.

Jackson Square is a magnet for artists, tarot card readers and street performers, as well as a great place to sample classic Creole cuisine for a fraction of the cost of an upmarket restaurant. Treat yourself to a steaming bowl of jambalaya or spicy gumbo, then cross the street to the historic Café du Monde for one of their famous French-style beignets and a cup of chicory-flavoured café au lait.

The influence of Voodoo is still strongly felt in New Orleans, and guided tours of the city’s ancient cemeteries may well convince you that the spirits are still active. Atmospheric Lafayette Cemetery is often used by horror film crews, while leaving a gift on the grave of the queen of Voodoo, Marie Laveau, in St. Louis Cemetery is said to make wishes come true.

Getting around on foot is easy in this flat and compact city, although it’s fun to take a trip on one of the trams (known locally as street cars) that rattle through the winding streets of playwright Tennessee Williams’ beloved French Quarter, past the ornate balconies and elegant facades of Spanish-colonial houses, hotels and shops. Taxis are plentiful and public transport is cheap and reliable, but parking can be expensive and hard to find and navigating the criss-crossing streets by car can be challenging for those unfamiliar with the layout of the city.

Where to stay in New Orleans

Omni Riverfront Hotel
Omni Riverfront Hotel
4 out of 5
701 Convention Center Blvd, New Orleans, LA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs9,312 per night from 27 Jan to 28 Jan
Located in New Orleans Central Business District, this romantic hotel is steps away from The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk and Julia Street Cruise Terminal. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (909 reviews)
"Loved our stay"

Reviewed on 18 Jan 2022

Omni Riverfront Hotel
Maison Dupuy Hotel
Maison Dupuy Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1001 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA
The price is Rs10,346 per night from 23 Jan to 24 Jan
Located in French Quarter, this historic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Bourbon Street and Royal Street. Canal Street and Jackson Square are also within ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,313 reviews)
"Charming hotel, lovely courtyard and pool area, room was good, beds and pillows comfortable, bathroom small but nice. Great lication to walk around entire french quarter but quiet."

Reviewed on 19 Jan 2022

Maison Dupuy Hotel
Dauphine Orleans Hotel
Dauphine Orleans Hotel
3.5 out of 5
415 Dauphine St., New Orleans, LA
The price is Rs10,346 per night from 23 Jan to 24 Jan
Located in French Quarter, this historic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Bourbon Street, Canal Street, and Royal Street. Jackson Square and Saenger Theatre ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (965 reviews)
"Staff was incredibly nice, check in was available early which was so nice. Clean rooms and excellent location that is walkable to everything in the Quarter area."

Reviewed on 18 Jan 2022

Dauphine Orleans Hotel
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The Brandywine by Sextant
The Brandywine by Sextant
4 out of 5
888 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA
The price is Rs3,405 per night from 24 Jan to 25 Jan
Located in New Orleans Central Business District, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of National World War II Museum, Mercedes-Benz Superdome and Smoothie ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (152 reviews)
"The valet service was not reliable overnight. I waited 20 minutes to get my car out of the garage when requesting it around 2 am or 3 am. But to me that is somewhat expected. Customer service overall was good with all the valet staff. The communication was not the best. Not having a physical person ..."

Reviewed on 20 Dec 2021

The Brandywine by Sextant
Homewood Suites by Hilton New Orleans French Quarter
Homewood Suites by Hilton New Orleans French Quarter
3 out of 5
317 N. Rampart, New Orleans, LA
The price is Rs9,526 per night from 26 Jan to 27 Jan
Located in French Quarter, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Saenger Theatre, Louis Armstrong Park and Preservation Hall. Jackson Square and French ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,062 reviews)
"Decent location, but short walks needed to get to main attractions."

Reviewed on 4 Jan 2022

Homewood Suites by Hilton New Orleans French Quarter
Sonder at Duncan Plaza
Sonder at 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. Harrah's New ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (153 reviews)
"Nice apartment. Large, clean, reasonably priced, close to the French Quarter, several restaurants and a grocery store. However, my opinion was definitely marred by the security staff that refused to call the police when I was robbed. I couldn't call myself because my phone was stolen and there was ..."

Reviewed on 5 Nov 2021

Sonder at Duncan Plaza
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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