Visiting New Orleans should be a bucketlist for everyone in the world, and especially people living in the U.S. New Orleans, NOLA for short, is an incredibly beautiful city, chalk full of history, art, a true melting pot of culture, and food that make you plan your next trip to New Orleans after your first bite. Get ready to dig in because we put together the ultimate neighborhood guide for where to stay in New Orleans to make the most of your trip.
We loved this city so much it’s actually one of U.S. cities we would move to tomorrow.
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The French Quarter, AKA Vieux Carré is the oldest neighborhood in NOLA and the perfect place for where to stay in New Orleans if you want to be in the center of all the action. With its roots dating back to 1718. It’s also the number one place we recommend staying because it’s beauty, the location, and how walkable the city is. These beautiful colonial style homes are such incredible eye candy that you will daydream of owning them all. Even though you have the rowdy Bourbon Street in the French Quarter, you can easily avoid or be right in the center of the party.
Who’s it for
This is where to stay in New Orleans for anyone who is here on a short trip and wants to stay right in the heart of what visitors love about the city. This is for the party goers who want to be close to the Bourbon Street action and anyone who just wants to be in the more quiet streets of the old colonial buildings in the center of the French Quarter.
Nearby attractions include Preservation Hall, Jackson Square, Royal Street, the infamous Bourbon Street, Café Du Monde, St. Louis Cathedral, walking distance to Canal Street, Laffites Blacksmith, and the St. Louis Cemetery No. 1. Plus you’re just walking distance to Frenchman Street where all the best live jazz music in the city performs every night!
When researching where to stay in New Orleans we recommend Bourbon Orleans Hotel. This is where we stayed and we loved its central location, live jazz music performances, and one of our favorite places to get a drink in the whole city (which is saying a lot). The hotel also a gorgeous pool in the courtyard. Besides having a great, quiet location right along Bourbon Street, this hotel is also very historical and has a cool backstory and some even say that it’s haunted! That is New Orleans all summed up in one hotel!
The Garden District boasts some of the most beautiful mansions in the world let alone in the city and is where to stay in New Orleans if you’re looking for a more quiet neighborhood surrounded by some gorgeous architecture. This neighborhood is pretty much just tons of mansions from the colonial era with amazing architecture and beautiful tree lined roads making it seem like you’re in a movie, which is accurate since the Garden District is considered the Hollywood of the South! What we love about the scene here besides just the aesthetics would be how quiet this neighborhood is.
Who’s it for
This is where to stay in New Orleans if you want to feel like an old school millionaire and still be connected to the rest of the city easily. We recommend the Garden District for anyone looking for a more peaceful spot in the city.
Nearby attractions include a few famous mansions including the Buckner Mansion used in a season of American Horror Story, the famous Commanders Place, Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, National WWII Museum, and Magazine Street which is full of shops, restaurants, cafes, and more photo opportunities. Don’t miss old school street cars here either.
The Pontchartrain Hotel is our pick for where to stay in New Orleans Garden District. Adjacent to its charming streetcar route, this is a one-of-a-kind full-service luxury New Orleans hotel. This historic circa-1927, 14-story architectural gem, provides modern luxurious amenities and the rooms are decked out in absolutely to die for chic decor and antiques as well as being conveniently located very close the to the National WWII Museum. Besides having amazing rooms, the hotel also has two swanky restaurants on site as well as an amazing rooftop bar overlooking the city.
Arts District aka Warehouse District
What was once the industrial center of NOLA, the Arts District or the Warehouse District is becoming a bustling hub of activities revolving around art, museums, and food. Most visitors are aware of the French Quarter, the Garden District and Faubourg Marigny before they come but the Arts District has undergone a facelift and has been completely revamped with amazing art galleries, restaurants that are to die for and some museums to show off its diverse history. The Arts district is giving the other neighborhoods a run for their money and giving tourists another reason to come back to NOLA.
Who’s it for
As the name implies, this is where to stay in New Orleans for art aficionados and lovers of culture. Of course, you don’t need to be an art snob to come here, just someone who enjoys beautiful buildings, art, and great food.
Julia Street hosts over 25 galleries, for museums there are National World War II Museum, Lousiana’s Civil War Museum, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and for nightlife, you may wanna stop over at the Howlin’ Wolf, and Republic for Music.
The Ace Hotel is our pick for where to stay in New Orleans Art District. Located next to incredible art galleries that are happening all the time, the room and interior itself is a work of art. Whether you want to enjoy its bar straight out of a Wes Anderson movie or enjoy the Ace’s luxurious amenities you will feel right at home here at this hip boutique hotel.
Faubourg Marigny & Bywater
The locals’ version of French Quarter, without the price. Faubourg Marigny has a wonderful blend of beautiful creole and classic revival cottages that were abandoned in the 50’s and scooped up and restored to their current glory by incredible bakers, artists, musicians, and banks. Minutes south of the French Quarter Faubourg Marigny & Bywater is teeming with locals and artists from all over the world who call these beautiful shotgun houses their homes. Bywater is overflowing with charm and character while Faubourg offers a glimmer of what Bourbon Street used to be like. The worlds best music, played every night in a charming neighborhood and great restaurants that won’t break the bank like some in the French Quarter.
Who it’s for
We believe this is for everyone. This is also a great place to spend a day but it really comes alive at night. It’s Frenchmen Street where famous Jazz musicians from yesterday and today still play and have some of the best live music in NOLA or anywhere really. We feel this is where to stay in New Orleans if you’re looking to be a part of the local scene, stray from the tourist epicenter, connect with the local artists in their neighborhood, and still be conveniently located within the city.
Nearby Attractions include Frenchmen Street, which cannot be missed in the evenings, St. Roch Market, Fry & Pie, Bacchanal Wine & Spirits, and colorful shotgun homes. Plus you’re just walking distance from the French Quarter.
Our pick for where to stay in New Orleans Faubourg Marigny & Bywater is Frenchmens Orleans at 519. What’s better than having a night on Frenchmen Street and then being able to walk back to your own private condo? That’s exactly what you get in this historical and locals only vibe part of town. Also a short walk to the French Quarter and the heart of the city.
Central Business District
By Yair Haklai
The CBD is where to stay in New Orleans if you’re here for business. This area dies down a bit after work hours but since Lafayette Square has free concerts, people come to soak up the atmosphere and eat at some amazing restaurants nearby. Definitely more of a local business scene, as there aren’t many attractions in the area just restaurants catering to business folks.
Who it’s for
This is where to stay in New Orleans for mostly business travelers. Nearby Attractions
Nearby attractions include the Aquarium of the Americas, Harrah’s Casino, and great shopping at Canal Place, and that’s about it!
The Hyatt Regency New Orleans is our pick for where to stay in the Business District. This hotel is fully equipped with something for every traveler. Located in the CBD, which is great for business travelers. This hotel also comes with three different restaurants, a rooftop swimming pool, a couple bars, and a 24 hour fitness. Making it the perfect home office and more for business and family travelers.
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