French Quarter, LA

New Orleans
French Quarter which includes street scenes, a city and heritage architecture

One of New Orleans’ oldest neighborhoods is popular for an ecclectic blend of romantic history, stunning architecture, jazz and black arts.

The French Quarter is a collection of charming streets at the heart of New Orleans. It’s bordered by Canal Street and home to the origins of this modern city. This is where the original settlers built and where many of the freed slaves, no longer required to work on the surrounding sugar or cotton plantations, resettled. Their influence can be seen in almost every building façade or gated garden in this compact district.

New Orleans was where jazz music originated, and the French Quarter led the way. It was the music of the slaves, with its raucous expression of momentary freedom, that started it all. Over the years, and as immigrants began to integrate as free men, the music developed into a blend unique to New Orleans. And, it was given a unique name: jazz. The French Quarter is still a jazz focal point, with parades held throughout the year to celebrate this pioneering music.

Aside from music, the French Quarter’s history has a darker side. Stop by the LaLaurie House on Royal Street, an allegedly haunted house where slaves were tortured in a secret attic chamber. Nearby, journey through the city of the dead at St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 where the queen of Voodoo, Marie Laveau, lies buried. It is believed that leaving a gift at her tomb grants a person their wish.

Relive the romanticism of the past by hiring one of the horse-drawn carriages that wait in lines on Decatur Street, and ride past the district’s varied colonial buildings. Many of these are now home to up-market French restaurants, so couples should take the time for a candle-lit dinner. The French Quarter is also home to the St. Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square.

The French Quarter is best seen on foot, and you can get there by taxi, bus, or streetcar.


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Maison Dupuy Hotel
Maison Dupuy Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1001 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA, 70116
The price is $129 per night from Jun 7 to Jun 8
Stay at this 3.5-star historic hotel in New Orleans. Enjoy free WiFi, room service, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (1,213 reviews)
"The staff here are so friendly and helpful, and the rooms are very clean. Nice pool area as well."

Reviewed on May 15, 2022

Maison Dupuy Hotel
Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter
Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter
4 out of 5
124 Royal St, New Orleans, LA, 70130
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $149 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in New Orleans. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and valet parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (2,586 reviews)
"Door men were exceptionally nice and helpful. Missed having a fridge and microwave in the room. My wife would have been upset about no hair dryer."

Reviewed on May 13, 2022

Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
4.5 out of 5
300 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA, 70130
The price is $189 per night from Jun 8 to Jun 9
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in New Orleans. Enjoy free WiFi, 4 restaurants, and 5 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (2,412 reviews)
"This historic hotel is right at the center of activity in the French Quarter. If you don't want excessive noise until 2 am, ask for a room in the interior courtyard, or on the 5th floor. It wasn't too bad, louder on the weekend. That being said, you can walk the entire French Quarter, get to the ..."

Reviewed on May 12, 2022

Royal Sonesta New Orleans
Dauphine Orleans Hotel
Dauphine Orleans Hotel
3.5 out of 5
415 Dauphine St., New Orleans, LA, 70112
The price is $129 per night from May 17 to May 18
Stay at this 3.5-star historic hotel in New Orleans. Enjoy free WiFi, valet parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (938 reviews)
"The staff was always helpful. Area was safe. Most of sites was within walking distance. Housekeeping did wonderful job room was always clean. Overall would highly recommend this hotel."

Reviewed on May 13, 2022

Dauphine Orleans Hotel
Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter
Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter
4.5 out of 5
739 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130
Fully refundable
The price is $129 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in New Orleans. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff ...
3.8/5 Good! (2,330 reviews)
"Liked it was close to most attractions, staff excellent, did not like toilet so low and pool closed too early."

Reviewed on May 12, 2022

Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter
Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
4 out of 5
621 Saint Louis St, New Orleans, LA, 70130
The price is $188 per night from May 29 to May 30
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in New Orleans. Enjoy a rooftop terrace, breakfast, and WiFi. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,376 reviews)
"Location location location... Its the best"

Reviewed on May 11, 2022

Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
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