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New OrleansUnited States of America

Not for nothing is New Orleans known as “the Big Easy” – its laid-back vibe sets it apart from other cities.

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

French Quarter featuring a city, heritage architecture and street scenes

French Quarter

4.5/5Wonderful!(151 area reviews)

Great live music a vibrant jazz scene and top sights from Bourbon Street to Jackson Square – discover French Quarter, a destination also famous for its historic sites.

French Quarter
Central Business District, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

Central Business District

4/5Very Good!(98 area reviews)

Great live music great entertainment and top sights from Canal Street to Harrah's New Orleans Casino – discover Central Business District, a destination also famous for its sports teams.

Central Business District
Kenner - Louis Armstrong International Airport, Louisiana, United States of America

Kenner - Louis Armstrong International Airport

3/5(10 area reviews)

Kenner - Louis Armstrong International Airport is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Lafreniere Park or Pontchartrain Center.

Kenner - Louis Armstrong International Airport
Uptown Historic District, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

Uptown Historic District

4/5Very Good!(4 area reviews)

The abundant dining options and colourful gardens are top of the list for many visitors to Uptown Historic District. A stop by Magazine Street or Prytania Theatre might round out your trip.

Uptown Historic District
Garden District which includes a park, a house and flowers

Garden District

5/5Exceptional!(2 area reviews)

Unique features of Garden District include the gardens and restaurants. Make a stop by Lafayette Cemetery or Magazine Street while you're exploring the area.

Garden District
Arts/Warehouse District, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

Arts/Warehouse District

4/5Very Good!(6 area reviews)

The ample dining options and fascinating museums are top of the list for many visitors to Arts/Warehouse District. A stop by National World War II Museum or Louisiana Children's Museum might round out your trip.

Arts/Warehouse District

Top hotels in New Orleans

Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
4 out of 5
621 Saint Louis St, New Orleans, LA
The price is Rs8,545 per night from 23 Nov to 24 Nov

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! (1,787 reviews)

"Beautiful hotel-and we loved how quiet it was despite being only a block away from Bourbon street. We had access to the Mississippi, the market, and all of the eateries only a few steps from the hotel. They have a beautiful observation deck near the rooftop pool that gives amazing views of the city ..."…"

Reviewed on 20 Oct 2020

Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
4.5 out of 5
300 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA
The price is Rs9,495 per night from 22 Nov to 23 Nov

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! (2,003 reviews)

"I love my balcony! I’ve stayed there twice in 2 months and I love it! The only hotel I’ll stay at in New Orleans!"…"

Reviewed on 23 Oct 2020

Royal Sonesta New Orleans
The Westin New Orleans
The Westin New Orleans
4.5 out of 5
100 Rue Iberville, New Orleans, LA
The price is Rs10,231 per night from 22 Nov to 23 Nov

Located in French Quarter, this luxury hotel is steps away from The Shops at Canal Place and Canal Street. Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and Harrah's New ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,574 reviews)

"The contemporary finishes to the room along with the amazing views enhance the experience of staying in a hotel room. This became my home away from home. I'll be back whenever I return to New Orleans."…"

Reviewed on 19 Oct 2020

The Westin New Orleans
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.

Top Holiday Rentals in New Orleans

Sonder - Duncan Plaza
Sonder - Duncan Plaza
4 out of 5
925 Common Street, New Orleans, LA
The price is Rs4,342 per night from 2 Nov to 3 Nov

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

4.1/5Very Good! (86 reviews)

"Great location, spacious apartment, very helpful customer service."…"

Reviewed on 21 Jul 2020

Sonder - Duncan Plaza
Canal Express Studios
Canal Express Studios
3 out of 5
4333 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA

Located in Mid-City, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Canal Street, Mercedes-Benz Superdome and Jackson Square. Harrah's New Orleans Casino and Cafe ...

3.8/5Good! (180 reviews)
Home sweet Home

"Excellent place to stay, very homely!!!!!"…"

Reviewed on 18 May 2020

Canal Express Studios
Domio Baronne St
Domio Baronne St
4 out of 5
888 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA
The price is Rs8,946 per night from 26 Oct to 27 Oct

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

4.7/5Exceptional! (110 reviews)

"I will definitely stay here again. The room was everything that I dreamed of. Very clean and comfortable. The view from the private was beautiful. I can’t wait to stay here again soon."…"

Reviewed on 29 Sep 2020

Domio Baronne St
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.

Popular places to visit in New Orleans

Canal Street
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Canal Street

4/5(122 reviews)

Start your exploration of New Orleans with the many attractions on this buzzing pedestrianized street, which is located right in the heart of the downtown area.

Port of New Orleans
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Port of New Orleans

4/5(77 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in New Orleans with a trip to Port of New Orleans. Experience the renowned jazz scene and great live music in this walkable area.

Mercedes-Benz Superdome
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Mercedes-Benz Superdome

4/5(14 reviews)

Catch an event at Mercedes-Benz Superdome during your trip to New Orleans.Discover the top-notch restaurants and renowned jazz scene in this walkable area.

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
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Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

3.5/5(13 reviews)

Find out what's happening in Ernest N. Morial Convention Center during your trip – a top convention centre in New Orleans. Experience the fascinating museums and great live music in this walkable area.

Harrah's New Orleans Casino
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Harrah's New Orleans Casino

4/5(15 reviews)

Why not roll the dice by visiting Harrah's New Orleans Casino where you can enjoy the entertainment at this popular casino in New Orleans? Experience the great live music and fascinating museums in this walkable area.

National World War II Museum
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National World War II Museum

4.5/5(32 reviews)

A rare collection of artefacts, memorabilia and documents piece together the story of America’s involvement in the Second World War.

Reviews of New Orleans

4.6

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

23 Feb 2020

Everything I thought it would be and more! I think highlight of the trip was Frenchmen St. Make sure to go!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

4 Jan 2020

Full of life, character (s) and history. Beautiful French Quarter and Garden District.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

28 Dec 2019

New Orleans is a wonderful place. There are lots of things to see and do and there’s always bourbon street, I highly recommend Frenchman’s though, more civilised.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

11 Dec 2019

Only be very careful booking a hotel which looks so attractive. Our holiday was spoilt by the accommodation at St.Pierre Hotel which didn't even have a bar. Never ever go there again. Awful apart from staff.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

23 Nov 2019

Take your time to see as much as possible. Get out of the French Quarter to see the wider opportunities the. City has to offer.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

11 Nov 2019

Great vibe, especially near Halloween!

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