Your first visit to New Orleans is sure to remain a happy memory for a lifetime. The excitement, locals, food, history, and yes the fact that this city knows how to party, will make for an eventful trip. You will find staying in town, especially on the main streets, puts you within walking distance of everything.
When to Visit Based on Price Believe it or not, summertime is the best time to visit New Orleans for reduced rates on rooms, as well as fewer crowds on its streets, restaurants and attractions. June through September would be the best, but don’t rule out October through January too. Without Mardi Gras and with really hot weather, the crowds don’t show up until February to end of May. Low Season: June through September offers the best weather, and destination for families. Average Daily Rates of:
2 Star: $54-$300
3 Star: $79-$194
4 Star: $164-$327
High Season: February to May and October to November. Average Daily Rates of:
2 Star: $54-$500
3 Star: $85-$320
4 Star: $200-$460
Magic Savings Tip: If you don’t mind the heat, dress down and buy yourself one of those little New Orleans fans, and hit this town during the summer/fall season. Plenty to do inside, and it’s a great time to experience 4th of July on the River. You’ll find the lowest hotel rates of the year then.
Sights you mustn’t miss
Definitely spend some time in New Orleans French Quarter, with its array of tasteful and raunchy nightclubs, operating 24 hours a day. This is New Orleans oldest neighborhood, referred to as “The Quarter” by locals. Here you'll find yourself among the history of its inhabitants for centuries, Creole, French and Spanish influences everywhere. Take a walk down the infamous Frenchman Street, considered as the “birthplace of jazz”.
Fun things to do
Experience the history of New Orleans through its culinary delights with a Culinary Walking Tour. You will experience 4-5 of the most historic and well-known restaurants and taste with the chef their signature dishes. Take a tour of New Orleans historic old homes, and experience the French, Spanish and early American architecture. You also get to visit historic Creole neighborhoods and cottages. Lastly, an evening horse drawn carriage ride on a “New Orleans” Toombs and Grave Tour” will leave you breathless, but not literally of course.
Wine and Dine Tips
For New Orleans “fine dining” experience, and dishes that put an experience on your palate you’ll never forget, at a price, visiting Iris’s, Bayona or Emeril’s would be excellent choices. Eat with the local’s at their favorites for down home cooking at its best, with choices like Liuzza’s by the Track or Brigtsens. For delicious quality and unique bar food and cocktails, try Batch just off Bourbon Street. For the best alligator experience in New Orleans, try Cochon in the Warehouse District or Le Bayou on Bourbon Street. This is a local favorite that’s awesome fried with hot sauce or as a cocktail with sauce.
Visit Biloxi on the coast for a day at the beach, casino or possibly some championship golf. Maybe a trip to Baton Rouge for some Caribbean Creole cuisine, or a riverboat cruises on the mighty Mississippi River. As you are visiting the Deep South, famous for its old plantation heritage, it only seems right to take a plantation tour. You can be picked up by a tour from your hotel and spend the day at the Old River Road Plantation. With a tour guide, you will learn everything about the history and life in the old days. This is a great experience for families with children or anyone for that matter.
Where to stay
Cheap hotels in New Orleans, such as the New Orleans Intercontinental and the Sheraton New Orleans, put travelers right in the middle of the city's nightlife, shopping, and restaurants. Reserve a room at the Renaissance New Orleans Arts hotel or the Courtyard New Orleans Downtown and enjoy a prime location near famed attractions like the Louisiana Civil War Museum and the New Orleans Botanical Gardens. Wake the kids up from a slumber at the JW Marriott New Orleans and head out for a day of fun and excitement at family-friendly attractions like the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and the Audubon Zoo. A visit to New Orleans is not complete without a tour of the area's historic homes. Our New Orleans hotels are minutes from some of the oldest examples of French, Spanish, and American architecture. Walk legendary plantations, stroll through Creole cottages, and catch a glimpse of The Edgar Degas House. CheapRooms.com has the perfect hotel for you to experience the magic of New Orleans!
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What's happening on Bourbon St?
It seems like every night is Fat Tuesday on Bourbon St, and for out-of-towners that's about right. The place doesn't shut; the action is always hot and the cool drinks keep on flowing. There's plenty of stuff to do in Bourbon so here's a quick guide to the must do's.
First up; did you know it's legal to drink on the street in New Orleans? This means you can order something your favorite beverage in a 'go cup' and take in the sights with a cool drink. When you're done wandering, head for the Blues at the Funky Pirate at 727 Bourbon and spend time listening to the legendary Big Al Carson. It's a lesson in how to do the blues and you'll walk away with a new appreciation in what raw talent looks like.
You're a tourist so you need to do tourist things - and you'll love the mechanical bull at the Bourbon Cowboy at 241 Bourbon. Its a big, fun bar and the best part is the balcony upstairs from which you sit back and watch all the action take place below. You'll need to get there early to secure a balcony seat.
Burlesque has had a revival in the last few years and you can see how it's all panning out at Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse in the Royal Sonesta Hotel at 300 Bourbon. It's a fun, big show and you can make a real night of it.
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The wonders (hidden?) of NOLA
New Orleans is one of those romantic destinations that holds the promise of something exotic and yet, here it is, right on our doorstep. You'll love New Orleans for many reasons and hopefully we can give you a few more. There's plenty of excellent accommodation to be had on our site and you'll love the range and the pricing.
Of course everyone heads straight to the French Quarter - and why ever not! But did you know the National Parks people run free tours of the place? Every morning at 9:30 am the National Park Services offers a free walking tour of French Quarter and it's a great way to see a great historically accurate tour of the area. Also, if you have the time, visit Jazz Park in the back of Dutch Alley, and if you're there on a Saturday, you'll catch some great musicians hanging out and playing for the pleasure of it.
There's a ferry boat you must catch - jump on it by Aquarium of Americas. It's free for pedestrians and it might look a little uncomfortable, but it's not. You will get a terrific view of Jackson Square, so don't forget your camera.
The French Market is in the French Quarter and it's a bit of a farmer's market style operation but the best part is the quality of the buskers and street performers playing there. It's towards the end of the Quarter and you can catch the streetcar down there if you'd like a little extra treat.
Cool bar-hopping in New Orleans
Is there ever a bad way to spend a couple of days in New Orleans? Not in our book! The delights of this place just get better and better. The French Quarter is top of the pops but bar-hopping in NO includes other areas too. Find Cheaprooms.com accommodation in New Orleans and enjoy an evening out, New Orleans style.
If you're staying close to the French Quarter, rest assured you'll be having serious fun! Find cheap accommodation in New Orleans and look for packages that include breakfast.
If you've had your fill of Bourbon St, head for the Allways Lounge and Theatre at 2240 St. Claude Ave. Definitely an "interesting" place so be prepared for the unexpected - yet fun. Much more than a bar, the Allways might see the occasional burlesque show, the odd bit of theater and musicians guesting every so often.
Tracey's is at 2604 Magazine St. and it's a great place to watch a game on a Sunday afternoon. It does the whole loads of televisions everywhere thing much better than most sports bars and the ambiance is definitely a cut above.
The Crown and Anchor is an English pub in the middle of New Orleans, at 200 Pelican Ave. to be exact. Naturally homey and with bartenders who'll offer you a free tasting of whatever they're cooking out the back. The beer's cold, the company warm.
The grace and beauty of New Orleans
One of the south's grandest cities, New Orleans has a rich history of glorious old homes and mansions. An exploration of the homes and the areas they reside in is well worth a special visit to New Orleans. Check Cheaprooms.com first of all and find a budget room in New Orleans so that you can spend less on hotels, and more on your vacation.
Center your accommodation around the French Quarter area - this is where the most fun occurs and the transport choices to some of the historic areas are easy. Find cheap accommodation in New Orleans and soak up the history of this most 'un-American' of fabulous US cities.
The 1850 House is at 523 St. Ann St., Lower Pontalba Bldg., Jackson Square in the French Quarter and has been kept as a reminder of what middle class domestic life was like in a prosperous part of New Orleans's history. You'll find it lovingly furnished with domestic goods, decorative arts and art of the period.
The Beauregard-Keyes House is on 1113 Chartres St., also in the French Quarter. Famed Confederate General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard lived in the house first and it was he who ordered the first shots of the Civil War fired on Fort Sumter, South Carolina in April 1861. Frances Parkinson Keyes was an author with more than fifty published books and he lived there some 100 years later. Hence the name of the house and the reason for its historic association.
The Destrehan Plantation at 13034 River Rd., Destrehan is the closest classic southern plantation to New Orleans and it's well worth the journey to see how plantations really worked. The guides are in costume and you'll see varied exhibits and even a document signed by Thomas Jefferson.
Hanging out in the Quarter
New Orleans is one of America's favorite destinations - and the French Quarter the most popular attraction in the city. Cheaprooms.com has quality hotels in New Orleans. You'll find more than 200 New Orleans hotels to choose from and many are close to the Quarter.
Much more than a party destination, the Quarter is home to fabulous food with some of the South's finest chefs on duty and plenty of wonderful music clubs, as well as the ubiquitous French Quarter bars. Make sure you get a good deal on Cheap Rooms and enjoy a very cosmopolitan area in a very different American city.
If it's genuine all-night-long nightlife you're looking for, then rest assured, the Bourbon Street bars stay open until the wee small hours. Just wander the street and stop where you feel like for a drink. The daiquiris at Fat Tuesday's are justly famous, while a Hurricane at Pat O'Brien's should get your heart racing.
Part of the real charm in the Quarter is the unassuming places where locals gather and share their love of food or music. Zydeco is a Louisiana thing; washboards and drums, piano accordions and guitars all played at a frenetic pace with a rhythm that is impossible to sit still with. You'll find Zydeco bars everywhere but you'll love Thursday nights at Mid-City Lanes Rock 'n' Bowl (3000 S. Carrollton Ave. They may not be famous, but they're outstanding musicians.
The Creole restaurants are what New Orleans food has come to represent in the national consciousness. You don't have to go all out - just grab a drink in the bar area of the more famous establishments and you can also enjoy a light bite without the expense of a full-blown dine in deal. Try Galatoire's Restaurant (209 Bourbon St) or Arnaud's Restaurant (813 Bienville St).
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