When looking for an accommodation, the aspects that influence the choice are different: price, parking, quality of services, etc ... however, if you are looking for a place where to sleep in New Orleans there is another important factor to consider: location. In fact, the city has a rather large surface area and at the same time offers many things to see (to get an idea, take a look at our article on how to visit New Orleans), so the choice of the sleeping area must be strategic.
We will not list the geography of the city in detail, rather we will limit ourselves to pointing out the best neighborhoods to find accommodation, as they are aesthetically pleasing and located at a reasonable distance from the main attractions (or in any case with good connections). So here are the best areas for staying in New Orleans.
- The French Quarter
- Central Business District/Convention Center
- Garden District
- Metairie e Lakefront
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The French Quarter
It is the most authentic heart of New Orleans, a historic and picturesque neighborhood that is in itself the very first attraction of the city. It is full of brightly colored apartment blocks adorned with wrought-iron balconies, elegant Creole restaurants, clubs open until late at night and carefree street musicians. The epicenter of nightlife is Bourbon Street, while in the area between St Ann and Esplanade Avenue, the neighborhood becomes more residential and quiet.
If you stay in this area you will be able to be close enough to everything. You can walk past most of the historic sites, restaurants and easily return to your hotel after a night out in a club listening to good jazz.
Il french quarter, which overlooks the famous Mississippi River, is a great, possibly the best, place to sleep in New Orleans, especially if it's your first visit to the city. However, there are 3 less exciting aspects that you need to consider:
- It can be more expensive than other areas as virtually everyone wants to stay overnight in the French Quarter
- Consequently: the number of rooms is limited, book as soon as possible
- The neighborhood can be noisy at times, especially if you go there during Mardi Gras.
I recommend the following facilities:
- Hotel Le Marais: I really like this hotel in modern style, housed in a period building and very close to Bourbon Street, in the heart of the district. In addition to the care in the furnishing of the rooms, the internal courtyard with swimming pool is noteworthy: excellent for a cocktail after a refreshing bath
- Hotel St. Helene: a slightly cheaper solution (2 stars), but equally strategic for visiting the French quarter. Classic and sober furnishings, parquet in the room, the swimming pool is a must.
Accommodations available in the French Quarter
Central Business District/Convention Center
Just across the street from the French Quarter (just cross Canal Street) you will find the Central Business District, affectionately called by the citizens CBD. This is the area that hosts the city soul dedicated to business, equipped to welcome those arriving in New Orleans for business reasons, but it is also an excellent choice for tourists.
The CBD district is home to a number of trendy restaurants, renowned bars, art galleries and, not to be overlooked, the mammoth Superdome stadium, a must for football lovers. Given the proximity, the area can be a good starting point for visiting the nearby French Quarter, but often getting a cheaper price: in fact, even if the area can boast a number of luxury hotels, the rates are generally usually lower and hotels tend to be more spacious, located in quieter areas and complete with all the necessary services.
Here are some accommodations to consider:
- The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery: absolutely original solution that gives a touch of class to the trip. Yes, because the rooms of this particular hotel are obtained from a old warehouse from the 19th century. The common areas and the accommodations are furnished with great class and personality and from the point of view of services and location you cannot really ask for better.
- Holiday Inn Express: the name of the well-known hotel chain guarantees for this motel located in an excellent position for visiting the city. The standards of the rooms and services are of a lower category, but nothing to say about the value for money.
Accommodations available in the CBD
The location in this case is more decentralized than the previous 2 neighborhoods, but you can use the tram to reach them (take a look at our article on how to get around New Orleans). Imagine beautiful tree-lined avenues and historic houses, a serene and relaxed setting, away from the hustle and bustle of the French Quarter. In Garden District you can find streets full of small independent shops selling everything from local produce to antiques.
There are also many excellent restaurants popular with both locals and visitors; if you are looking for a less touristy experience, this district is definitely a great place to start. Compared to the French Quarter, hotels offer more space and less noise.
I point out these two accommodations:
- Hotel Indigo New Orleans: located in a quiet area not too far from the French Quarter, the Indigo hotel offers luxurious rooms in a modern and elegant setting. There is no shortage of green areas in the surroundings, for those who want to rest their eyes for a while.
- The Garden District House: economic solution for those who want to stay in the Garden District, especially for young people; it is rare to find hostels where the welcome is so attentive. Cleaning and care of the rooms and common areas above average compared to the category.
Accommodations available in the Garden District
Metairie e Lakefront
Metairie is out of town, close to the Louis Armstrong International Airport, and it can be a comfortable area to sleep in if you land on the city (you will still need to travel by public transport to reach the main attractions). You will be close to Lake Pontchartrain, the beautiful city park (New Orleans City Park) and the New Orleans Museum of Art. If you have rented a car, you can explore the small villages in the swamps of the Cajun countryside, where you will be able to meet some zydeco musicians. or to take a water tour.
- Sheraton Hotel Metaire: this neighborhood is a little off-center, but it offers the possibility of not traveling too far from the airport. In the case of the Sheraton Hotel Metaire you don't even have to give up the comforts, services and comforts of a 4-star hotel. The quality of the breakfast is noteworthy.
- Comfort Suites Kenner: For a 2 star hotel, this accommodation offers many good quality services, including shuttle to the nearby airport, a good breakfast, swimming pool, gym and clean rooms. At a very economical price!
Accommodations available in Metairie and Lakefront
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If you are looking for low-priced accommodation or accommodation on offer, I suggest you take a look at the page indicated below, which is always updated with interesting offers. Have a nice stay!
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Map of New Orleans
To choose where to stay in New Orleans it can be useful to have a general idea of the city, so we have included this map.