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New Orleans Hotels and must things to do

Hubby and I have a long weekend in New Orleans in February. We need a boutique hotel to stay in the French Quarter. I would also love suggestions of must see things to do.

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top answer by
Katherine from San Diego

Hi Nicole! We stayed at two French Quarter hotels during our visit, and of the two, I think you would like Hotel Mazarin the best.  It is part of the New Orleans Hotel Collection.  They also have Dauphine Orleans Hotel and Audubon Cottages which also might fit your needs.  I have written extensively about New Orleans.  My article  Top 20 Things to Do in New Orleans should get you started in the right direction, and it links to a number of other articles I wrote which have more detailed information about some of the things to do like where to listen to music, where and what to eat and drink, and of course what sites to see.  Have a great time!

Top 20 Things to Do in New Orleans

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Hotel Mazarin (hotel)
  2. Dauphine Orleans Hotel (hotel)
  3. Audubon Cottages (hotel)
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answered by
John from Carlsbad (California)

Welcome to Trippy, Nicole.  Take a look at the Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans.  We had a great stay there.  The rooms overlooking the pool courtyard are excellent.  Even though the hotel is on Bourbon Street, the hotel is quiet inside.  There is one bar that opens to Bourbon Street if you want to observe the action there.  There are two good restaurants and Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse, which is an elegant jazz club featuring the best musicians in New Orleans.  I second the recommendation of Commander's Palace Restaurant.  It is a classic NOLA restaurant with great food, ambiance and service.  Go for lunch, brunch or dinner and you will be happy.

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answered by
Shayne from Templeton

Hey Nicole... so good to see you on Trippy!! My last trip to NOLA was pre-Katrina so its been awhile but we had a blast and I'd love to share a few spots.  First off the quarter is so insane and different that anyplace else you could kill the weekend walking around eating, drinking and looking.  I would invest part of your trip taking in some music.  We went to Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro for an intimate setting and a bottle of Champagne and it was awesome.  We were there during JazzFest and a bunch of the Marsalis brothers got up on stage and jammed with other musicians. It was pretty epic and from what I'm told this kind of thing happens all the time.  The other place we hit (in addition to JazzFest at the fairgrounds) was Tipitina's which is totally different, bigger hall style venue with more dancing and "freespirits" if you will. As far as food I don't know how you could go wrong but I say try Commander's Palace Restaurant for brunch and if you want to go nuts try to reserve seats at the chefs table.  Caution: Don't also book a fancy dinner on this day, you won't be able to make... trust me. We stayed at a big chain hotel so no help there.  Have fun!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro (restaurant)
  2. Tipitina's (attraction)
  3. Commander's Palace Restaurant (restaurant)
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