Preliminaries & Pre-Trip
E-Tickets: if you haven't tried it, use an online ticketing agent to
find cheep fares: www.travelocity.com, www.orbitz.com, www.expedia.com
are all fine online ticketing companies. Airlines are a secondary consideration
when compared to lodging. Since New Orleans' economy is based in great
part on tourism, and one national convention of 200,000 taxidermists can
take up all the really good rooms, we strongly advise getting accommodations
lined up first, then worry about airline tickets.
Two new websites that may be of help in making
arrangements are these:
Whatever you decide, make your reservations as
is a good place to start looking around. Also try the listing at A
French Quarter Wedding. Almost any hotel you call will be a subscriber
to a citywide accommodations computer service, and will be able to offer
you some choices. We've stayed at the Carleton and at the Days Inn (both
outside the French Quarter on Canal St.) in the past, but have come to
the conclusion that we want to be in the French Quariter and close to that
provides free, unbiased reviews written by real travelers for a wide range
of travel options. In 2003 on our last trip we were thinking about staying
at a hotel because of the room rates. Trip Advisor saved us from disaster!
is a discounting site that might be useful in researching accomodations.
Some of our favorite hotels are listed here.
Our two favorite French Quarter hotels are the Place
D'Armes for convenience, atmosphere, and high-romance and the Hotel
Monteleone for convenience, upscale accommodations. Everything outside
the Quarter involves taxi-cabs or real long walks. Staying in the Quarter
means you can easily "go back to the room" for a nap (or other pleasures)
in the afternoon before hitting the streets in the evening.
Quarter Hotel Reservations 1-800-523-9091 is a service
that will help you find the room that fits all your needs. Or try
the New Orleans Family of Fine French
These are friendly, service oriented folks who will try to book you
into 1 of 3 hotels:
If you like services that come with a big hotel, our honeymoon hotel -
the Monteleone (214
Royale St. 1-504-523-3341) - is a nice choice. It is about 150 years old
and can accommodate any taste from $100 doubles to $500 a night. It is
right on Royal Street, which is the street to stroll and window shop for
art and antiques. This is considered a "moderately priced" hotel. Last
time the room was $167 a night for a king sized bed on the Royal Street
The Place D'Armes - 625 St. Ann Street (1-504-524-4531) - 1/2 a block off
Prince Conti - 830 Conti St. (1-504-529-4172) - between Dauphine and Bourbon.
Hotel St. Marie - 827 Toulouse (1-504-561-8951)- between Dauphine &
If they have no rooms available, they will happily help you with arrangements
at other hotels. We stayed a week ($130 double) at the Place D'Armes in
1997 and have absolutely no complaints. Our room was huge! overlooking
the pool and courtyard. We were very comfortable, but the nicest thing
about this hotel was the location - almost on Jackson Square and only 3
blocks from La Marquise Coffee Shop
where we promise you that you have never eaten such delectable pastries.
Brennan's is famous and expensive, but here you can get a chocolate croissant
or a napoleon and refillable cafe au lait for under $5! and eat it in the
patio while preparing for your day - it is the best breakfast in the Quarter!
Which brings us to views. Whatever your hotel choice - there may
be a view to ask for. A view of the river is worth any extra cost
of he room. The river at night is pretty spectacular.If you are B&B
people, Bed & Breakfast Inc. Reservation
Service (1-800-228-9711) will find you a room in a 19th century
There is also Lodging.Com,
recommended by our friend Jen, which can be enormously helpful with rooms,
airline tickets, rental cars and other reservations. She likes Lodging.Com's
site organization (by type of traveler) - Thanks Jen!
Finally, an all purpose "roomfinder" is TurboTrips
New Orleans Hotel Index or you can call 1-800-437-7829.
Local Facts, Figures & Considerations
You might also want to check out the New Orleans
Travel Guide for some local facts and figures.
Your first visit ought to be taken at a time when temperatures are cooler
(October through April) and Mardi
Gras isn't happening (smaller crowds, lower crime, fewer drunks, fun
things aren't shut down for the party. etc.)
Our last trip was the middle of November and the weather was nice and
Monday through Wednesdays are slower for Bourbon (that could be good
or bad - depending on your love of crowds)
Take some time and plan your trip using a couple of the Web
sites we've listed and a good up-to-date travel guide (i.e.,
or the Mobil Travelguide), and a good restaurant guide (i.e., Local food
historian and critic Tom Fitzmorris is an absolute necessity). If you are
an architecture fan, a museum buff, or just keen on nightlife, you can
list out all the stops you want to make and note days and times of operation.
If possible, plan at least four full days for your first trip (see the
4 Day Itinerary) to get the full sense of the place.
Safety requires that you always know where you
are, so you need a map of the city and the French Quarter - so get one
now, before you go on your trip (call 1-800-723-5508 for a huge package
of Louisiana brochures and maps).
Big Maps are essential
for planning to see the entire city at once - Small
maps are handy to carry in your back pocket.
Using your hotel as your point of reference (say the Monteleone
- 214 Royal St.), you know that there's a Walgreen's Drug Store
at 3311 Canal St. that has an entrance on Iberville - 1 block from your
hotel and 2 blocks from The Acme Oyster House (724 Iberville) which
is a popular lunch place for tourists and locals. Map out all your stops
in relation to your hotel, a major street or landmark.
Whatever you decide, make your reservations
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