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French QuarterNew Orleans

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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Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans
Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans
4 out of 5
739 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA
The price is $98 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10

Located in French Quarter, this hotel is steps from Canal Street, Bourbon Street, and Royal Street. Decatur Street and Saenger Theatre are also within 5 minutes. ...

3.9/5Very Good! (2,640 reviews)

"The room was clean and the staff was helpful and welcoming. The restaurant downstairs has good breakfast as well!"…"

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2021

Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
4.5 out of 5
300 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA
The price is $129 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

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! (2,027 reviews)

"It was a nice stay. My only complaint is that the hotel operator does not answer the phone. I had to get up in the middle of a meal and walk to the front desk to request a late check out. By the time I returned everyone at my table was finished with their meal before I had even started. We tried ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2021

Royal Sonesta New Orleans
Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter
Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter
4 out of 5
124 Royal St, New Orleans, LA
The price is $99 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

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! (2,348 reviews)

"Very helpful front deck and maintenance guy. Location is perfect."…"

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2021

Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter
Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
4 out of 5
621 Saint Louis St, New Orleans, LA
The price is $125 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

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! (1,686 reviews)

"Gorgeous hotel just a block off Bourbon Street. Quiet, yet offers easy access to the “goings on” of the French Quarter. Hotel staff was delightful and very accommodating."…"

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2021

Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
The Westin New Orleans
The Westin New Orleans
4.5 out of 5
100 Rue Iberville, New Orleans, LA
The price is $103 per night from Apr 1 to Apr 2

Located in French Quarter, this luxury hotel is steps from The Shops at Canal Place and Canal Street. Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and Harrah's New Orleans ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,411 reviews)

"We were close to everything! We had amazing views!"…"

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2021

The Westin New Orleans
Hotel Provincial
Hotel Provincial
3 out of 5
1024 Rue Chartres, New Orleans, LA
The price is $107 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Located in French Quarter, this historic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Old Ursuline Convent, Historic Voodoo Museum, and French Market. Saint Louis Cathedral ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (970 reviews)

"Great friendly staff.Great location. Went in February so it was a little messy outside but the staff was working hard."…"

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2021

Hotel Provincial
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