Have you ever camped out in the swamp? Well, here is your chance!
It is a good place to stay for those of you on a road trip wanting to visit New Orleans. It's about a 30 minute drive from the French Quarter and provides a very direct experience of the louisiana swamplands.
Be prepared for many insects.
Otherwise the campground has very cozy tent/RV sites. The sites have a lot of privacy due to the thick vegetation.
I visited during the month of July, and surprisingly the heat was more bearable at the campsite than the city - the thick vegetation and the wet swamp create a natural AC.
What better way to spend the night after a chrocodile swamp tour - then to sleep in the swamp! well - not really - it's surrounded by it.
Hotels that are in the French Quarter (where you want to be if you're looking for
round-the-clock action) and which have a very French Quarter feel to them in
terms of design and architecture - AND which are reasonably priced, are:
> St. Ann Marie Antoinette Hotel(on Conti St)
> Andrew Jackson Hotel (Royal St.)
> Hotel St. Marie (Toulouse St.)
> Dauphine Orleans Hotel (Dauphine St.)
> French Market Inn (Decatur St.)
> Prince Conti Hotel (Conti St.)
> Place D'Armes (St. Ann St.)
> St. Pierre Hotel (Burgundy St.)
And for a special treat, check out the Monteleone Hotel on Royal St. (I wrote about the Carousel Bar in one of my tips. It's a landmark in the Quarter, and a place with a lot of character. )You can see more of it at its website Hotel Monteleone.
And finally, there's also a cool guesthouse called Lamothe House (on Esplanade which is the very edge of the French Quarter.
It's within walking distance of the French Quarter ) (the blocks go from 100 to
1000, with residential areas starting around the 700 blocks. Sometimes it can
be a bit dicey from the 800 block up to Esplanade, but if you're gutsy and in
the mood for some very cool atmosphere (and if the other hotels are booked),
this could be your spot. It's very "French Quarter" in its ambience.
For some great deals (and New Orleans can serve up some surprisingly great deals, depending on when you go), go to the Orbitz website.
This link takes you to the main New Orleans page where it shows the various sections (such as French Quarter, Garden District, Central Business District, etc).
Once you're there, just click on "French Quarter" link and you'll see the hotels I've listed PLUS many more.
Good Luck! Here's the website:
Orbitz-New Orleans Accomodations
About a half hour before leaving the great city of New Orleans we learned that our flight had been overbooked. When the airlines offered us 2 roundtrip tickets per person, a hotel for the night and vouchers for dinner and breakfast for each of us if we agreed to be "bumped" from our scheduled flight, we jumped at the chance!! (Who can turn down free travel!?!?) The hotel the airline put us up in for the night was the Best Western Landmark Hotel, a high-rise, cylinder shaped hotel in Metarie. It was a run-down, characterless hotel, but we had a large room, ensuite of course, and there was a bar and dining room on the top floor (about 10 stories high) with quite a view of the surrounding area. The best feature of this hotel was that it was only 3 blocks from a very nice mall which gave us something to do the next morning before our flight.
Had the room not been free courtesy of the airline "bump" we took, we certainly would not have chosen this hotel. However, it is not without guests--a few other groups were having a reunion or meeting here.
Good points -- the room was large, there was a dining room and bar on the top floor, and there was a free shuttle to and from the airport, it was close to a nice mall, and there was a gift shop in the lobby.
To avoid the crowds, and get a decent night sleep during Mardi Gras, and because we booked rather late, we ended up staying in Metairie, which is just west of New Orleans.
The room was great, and we had 5 people cram in there with no problem.
The hospitality was fine, and they even called cabs for us each evening that took us downtown. The cab ride was about $20 bucks there and $20 bucks back, so realistically plan on spending $40 dollars less on hotel rooms in Metairie or it would not be worth it.
I've stayed here 3 times during 2001-2002. It's not centrally located, but in quite residential area. With an extremely welcoming host, it's always a pleasure to return here.
Several rooms, some with private bath, also a cabin in the back garden. A lush green backyard. Big breakfast. If you get to know Barb well, she might even let you do your own self-catering.
....southern hospitality and not from the staff.
I don't remember the hotel we stayed at (somewhere in the outskirts of town), but we'd decided to deny daily room service while we were there. We didn't realize, though, that part of room service actually included pest control.... ended up with an early ant problem and a cockroach wanting to share the bed.
I highly recommend daily room service if you're staying anywhere other than the elite of the elite.
WARNING UPDATE: The AmeriHost Inn and Suites is the new name of the Clarion Hotel.
Every visitor to New Orleans has literally hundreds of choices when it comes to lodging, and this place should NOT be one of them.
The only reason we picked the Clarion was to take advantage of a special discount rate, but it turned out to be a disaster. The desk clerk who checked us in did not honor the rate at which he reserved our room over the telephone. Instead, he checked us in at full rack rate, even though we immediately disputed it and crossed off the price on the registration card. Not only did the hotel night auditor fail to correct the discrepancy in the room rate, but the auditor took an additional preauthorization against our debit card until it was tied up for $550.00 more than the total amount of room and tax for our entire stay!
The morning desk staff were gracious and instantly took steps to rectify this disastrous situation, but it still didn't get resolved. We then got a telephone call from the General Manager, but instead of an apology for overdrawing our checking account by several hundred dollars, she proceeded to inform us that she had "a problem with the rate" because of the discount we were entitled to. Talk about adding insult to injury!
Meanwhile, with all our cash in limbo, we spent the weekend sitting around the hotel room doing next to nothing, because we were afraid we wouldn't have enough money to get home. Sure enough, on the morning we were due to check out, someone repeatedly hammered on our door while we were sleeping and we discovered a bill slipped underneath which still had us overcharged by well over a hundred dollars. We went down to sort it out at the front desk, but the clerk didn't even want a signature on the corrected final bill, which was very disconcerting.
It would have been nice to write an upbeat review about things like the old-fashioned Manhattan-style grandeur of the hotel, but having our cash swiped out from underneath us when we were hundreds of miles from home completely overshadowed what we hoped would be a wonderful experience. BUYER BEWARE!!!
At the St Ann/Marie Antoinette Hotel, you are surrounded by the privacy and comfort of a genteel southern lifestyle. Amenities such as a 24-hour concierge and bell desk service, complimentary newspaper, tropical courtyard and pool, and cable television set this charming property apart from the rest. Centrally located in the heart of the French Quarter, the St. Ann Marie Antoinette offers the charm of a fine French Quarter residence.
The Days Inn motel is clean and cheap. It's close to Louis Armstrong International airport and an I10 exit. It's a recommendable motel after arriving from a long and tired flight and before starting a roundtrip thru Louisiana. There's a swimming-pool and breakfast is included (coffee, fruit juice, donuts, danish).
Be sure to ask for a room in the innercourt, near the swimming-pool (less noise of the busy street).
Rooms are big with 2 double beds, a TV, a fully equiped bathroom, a minibar and microwave.
we stayed 10 minutes away from the action in METARIE. the hotel we stayed at had a bus that took you to bourbon st, and picked you up again(if you were sober enough to find the pickup spot). if you book far enough ahead stay on bourbon st..
If money is not a concern, I would recommend the
Hotel Maison De Ville And The Audubon Cottages right at the center of the French Quater.
It has two locations, first is a three-story building, the other (a few short blocks away from the first) has a pool and with several independent units, each unit is a little courtyard (even with a kitchen if you need).
It has its own restaurant serving excellent gourmet food. Every morning, you can have your breakfast either in the main courtyard or in your room, every morning, a long stem rose will come with your breakfast.
The little courtyard is very pretty and quiet. We first stayed in the suite on the third floor of its first location (where Tennessee Williams once stayed or even wrote his famous 'Street Car Named Desire' there) then the second location. Wonderful service and knowledgable staff.
The Bistro at the Maison de Ville offers excellent food. "It was recently named top “Haute Restaurant” by the Zagat Guide, along with a host of other awards and accolades." - According to its own website.
Restaurant phone: 504.528.9206
How about stay in the room where T. Willilams completed 'Streetcar named desire' after a streetcar ride during the day? Enjoy the gorgeous breakfast with a long stem rose in the morning (either in your room or in the little garden courtyard).
Or have a cottage with your own courtyard, and shared a swimming pool at The Audubon Cottages.
More details later, or see their official website.
Last time I was there, it broke down to something like $20-$25 per person, per night. Not bad for a nice place in the New Orleans area. [We had three to a room, in two rooms.]
The price for one night's stay was around $60 or $70, for two people.
There are four rooms in this house, all decorated differently. The yellow room is light and airy, like a farmhouse; the blue room is more formal, like 'country French', all blue and white.
There is a rich red room the color of wine, which looks sumptuous and luxurious. The fourth room I have not seen.
The landlady/proprietor of this establishment lives in the same building, and provides a good continental breakfast for all her guests. She is a musician (in her living room there is both a piano and a harp, which she plays beautifully). Musicians are especially welcome here. :)
Had trouble finding lodging when planning for the trip (no Internet access in 1996). We stayed with friends in Gulfport, Mississippi. There's actually quite a lot in Gulfport including riverboat casinos and seafood restaurants. It's about 90 minutes away from New Orleans, a nice change of pace from an extended stay there.
I like to stay in Guest Houses where the pace is slow. I have stayed in Guest Houses through out Europe and America. I recommend Fig Street in New Orleans.
Old home in a centrally located area, Old Carrollton.
There are many lovely guest houses in the Carrollton area of New Orleans. I stay at my son's Fig House, it is just a short walk from College Inn, and it's free to me. More info and pictures at http://www.figstreet.com
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