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Garden DistrictNew Orleans

This historic area was named to remember the plantation lands upon which the city was built.

Considered one of the prettiest and greenest districts of New Orleans, the Garden District exists on land which was once plantations. When the original plantations were subdivided, expensive homes were built on large parcels of land and surrounded by magnificent gardens, which is how the area got its name. Today you’ll find there’s still a large collection of original architecture in this Historic Landmark District.

The Garden District is a labyrinth of gardens, parks, canals and fountains. The layout is based on the original 1806 design by Barthelemy Lafon, a French architect who lived and worked in New Orleans. It’s dotted with charming shops that were once cottages and small homes. Many of these buildings still retain original 19th-century architecture. The Garden District embraced the Greek revival period of construction in the late 1830s. A good deal of the streets still bear the names of Greek muses.

Visit George Washington Cable House, a national monument on Eighth Street. Washington, an important figure in the history of Louisiana, was a writer who portrayed early Creole life. A little further south, be treated like a VIP at the Commander’s Palace, a celebrated restaurant built in the 1800s. It has a long and impressive history as the restaurant of choice in New Orleans and is now regularly ranked as one of America’s finest.

Shoppers will want to visit Magazine Street, a commercial avenue lined with souvenir shops, antiques halls and gourmet delis. Further north, St. Charles Avenue offers shopping of a different kind, with bed and breakfasts mingling with fashionable boutiques and trundling street cars.

Several public events are staged here during the year and visitors are always welcome. Dress like the undead for the Zombiefest parade every October, or sample the creations at the annual bake-off competition in July for a true taste of Southern hospitality.

The Garden District is a wonderful place for a stroll, and tours complete with information about the historic mansions are available. The neighborhood is easily accessible by bus or the St. Charles Streetcar Line and there’s plenty of on-street parking as well.


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House of Krewe–1860 Victorian Garden District Home
House of Krewe–1860 Victorian Garden District Home
New Orleans, LA
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Located in Garden District, this historic vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Magazine Street and Lafayette Cemetery. National World War II Museum and ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (38 reviews)
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"The house is exactly as described. The twin beds and trundle‘s were perfect for my three children! My husband and I slept in the nearby bedroom and felt very safe with them so close. We did not technically use the upstairs bedroom, but the extra bathroom was wonderful when we were all trying to get ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2021

House of Krewe–1860 Victorian Garden District Home
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 11 to Mar 12

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! (2,642 reviews)

"I liked the property. The parking was $50 which I wasn’t thrilled about, but the person told us since we have a truck if was $60 which wasn’t on the sign. That’s okay we just parked down the street ourselves. The actual hotel is clean and the staff were friendly and helpful. We bought swamp your ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2021

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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 $129 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9

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! (2,031 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

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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 $99 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9

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! (2,349 reviews)

"Best location ever and amazing staff very clean and safe"…"

Reviewed on Mar 6, 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 $125 per night from Mar 14 to Mar 15

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! (1,688 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

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Loews New Orleans Hotel
Loews New Orleans Hotel
4 out of 5
300 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA
The price is $109 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9

This family-friendly New Orleans hotel is located in the business district, within a 10-minute walk of Harrah's New Orleans Casino, Canal Street, and Audubon ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,303 reviews)

"Great location, beautiful viee of river. Free upgrade to larger room"…"

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2021

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