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Bourbon Street
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The birthplace of jazz is a vibrant city boulevard where the history and music of New Orleans comes to life.

Located in the middle of the French Quarter, the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans, Bourbon Street saw the growth of jazz as a new and individual music genre. It was here in the early 1900s that local musicians such as Jelly Roll Morton and King Oliver experimented and developed a sound now known as jazz. Off-beat and full of energy, Bourbon Street has come to embody the qualities this music is famous for the world over.

It’s said that “what happens on Bourbon Street stays on Bourbon Street” and it's not unusual to see people from all walks of life letting their hair down here. Walk along the eight upper blocks and witness a party scene every night of the week. This is the area most popular with tourists and is also where most of the strip clubs are located.

Bourbon Street is not the ideal place for a family outing or a quiet and romantic dinner for two, but if you're out for a good time you will not be disappointed. Grab a cocktail, a bite to eat and then dance the night away at a variety of clubs, most of which feature live music. The area can get quite rowdy late at night but there are plenty of security guards around and police patrolling the streets to keep the partying in check.

One of the unique things about the French Quarter is that it's legal to drink alcohol on the street from an open plastic cup. Most bars will provide a "go cup" so you can take your drink with you and stroll amidst the fun. Some establishments even allow you to enter with your go cup from another bar.

Bourbon Street has changed over the last few decades, with brothels closing down and bars and restaurants opening in their place. However, it still retains much of its dramatic 18th-century architecture, along with a few century-old restaurants and the oldest gay bar in the country.

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Royal Sonesta New Orleans
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
4.5 out of 5
300 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA
The price is $149 per night from May 10 to May 11
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! (2,089 reviews)
"It was a good service I can’t complain I will recommend to others"

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2021

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Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
4 out of 5
621 Saint Louis St, New Orleans, LA
The price is $121 per night from Apr 28 to Apr 29
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! (1,655 reviews)
"within walking distance to resturants and bats"

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2021

Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter
Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter
4 out of 5
124 Royal St, New Orleans, LA
The price is $93 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27
Located in French Quarter, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Canal Street, Royal Street, and Bourbon Street. Harrah's New Orleans Casino and Jackson Square ...
4.2/5Excellent! (2,424 reviews)
"It was in a great location and very clean."

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2021

Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter
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Royal Sonesta New Orleans
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
4.5 out of 5
300 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA
The price is $149 per night from May 10 to May 11
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
4 out of 5
621 Saint Louis St, New Orleans, LA
The price is $121 per night from Apr 28 to Apr 29
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Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter
Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter
4 out of 5
124 Royal St, New Orleans, LA
The price is $93 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27
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The Westin New Orleans
The Westin New Orleans
4.5 out of 5
100 Rue Iberville, New Orleans, LA
The price is $129 per night from Apr 28 to Apr 29
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Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans
Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans
4 out of 5
214 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA
The price is $149 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27
Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans
New Orleans Marriott
New Orleans Marriott
4 out of 5
555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA
The price is $129 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27
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Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans, an IHG Hotel
Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
739 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA
The price is $124 per night from Apr 22 to Apr 23
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Four Points By Sheraton French Quarter
Four Points By Sheraton French Quarter
3.5 out of 5
541 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA
The price is $97 per night from May 3 to May 4
Four Points By Sheraton French Quarter
Hotel Provincial
Hotel Provincial
3 out of 5
1024 Rue Chartres, New Orleans, LA
The price is $125 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27
Hotel Provincial
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.