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A sure way to beat the winter blues is to join one of the world’s most famous Carnivals, the New Orleans Madri Gras festivities. To help you join the fun, our Hotels Team at Nustay has put together a list of 5 great hotels in New Orleans to stay during Mardi Gras. Check them out!

Mardi Gras – New Orleans

 

It’s now Carnival season, and New Orleans’ month-long Mardi Gras celebrations are underway. Over the next few weeks the city will be bursting with colour and music as floats and parades make their way through the streets. Eager visitors are already lining the routes to catch a glimpse of these exuberant ensembles and immerse themselves in the legendary New Orleanian night life. What’s more, the city’s famed mix of architectural styles, its eclectic cuisine and dissonant Jazz tunes, are all unfurled during the Carnival, making this THE best time to visit New Orleans.

So, here are Nustay’s top picks for where to stay during Mardi Gras.

 

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Close to the action

Although float and parade routes run across the city, most congregate around the iconic French Quarter which owes its namesake to the city’s origins as a French colonial settlement. In fact, it is not to far from here that the very first Mardi Gras (French for Fat Tuesday) was celebrated back in 1699.

The Holiday Inn French Quarter Chateau Lemoyne is located extremely centrally and will give you immediate access to the Carnival street events. These include intricately crafted floats, garish parades and noisy street parties (see info including routes here). Expect plenty of people in extravagantly colourful fancy dress.

Embracing the French Colonial style

Also in the heart of the French Quarter is the Bourbon Orleans Hotel, which fully embraces the colonial character. A ballroom turned convent, turned hotel, the Bourbon is bursting with historic quirks – including a good many ghostly and ghoulish tales…

The hotel is located, as the name suggests, in the heart of Bourbon Street, and a stone’s throw from the famed Jackson Square. Bourbon Street is the city’s epicentre, with all the quirk that its French colonial past, not to mention the New Orleanian nightlife (see below). The Chartres street corner of the square, which is bordered by St Louis Cathedral, has long attracted street performers and artists, and is the perfect place to take in the city’s spirit.

 

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Something a little different

Not quite in keeping with the old colonial charm of the French Quarter and Marigny, the Higgins Hotel in the neighbouring Central Business District, offers a different kind of character. The Higgins Hotel New Orleans is designed in stylish Art Deco which, as the official hotel for the National World War Two Museum, is a homage to the period. The hotel lobby, with its large art deco fresco and features and décor, transports you back in time from the get-go.

The hotel sits in New Orleans’ trendy art district. The Contemporary Arts Centre and the Louisiana are right next door to the Higgins, as are a slew of art galleries and studios along Julia St.

Don’t worry though, it’s not all World War memorabilia and art. The Higgins is less than a 20 min walk away from Bourbon St., so you won’t be missing out on any of the Madri Gras celebrations.

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Party and Nightlife

As the birthplace of Jazz, New Orleans has long been known for its vibrant nightlife. During the Mardi Gras festivities New Orleanian streets – especially Bourbon st. and the southern end of Frenchmen st. – turn into virtual nightclubs themselves, as revellers congregate around favourite haunts.

Sitting on Bourbon Street, the Royal Sonesta New Orleans embraces the city’s nightlife with its own jazz club – The Jazz Playhouse. The club, with its deep red décor, hosts some of the biggest names in jazz every night of the week and is the perfect place to start your night. We also recommend the ‘Desire Oyster Bar’ with its fresh oysters and exquisite seafood, which will send you

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Modern and convenient

Not all hotels in New Orleans are themed. If you’re looking for somewhere close to the action, but with a more modern feel and all the conveniences that come with it, the Troubadour Hotel is the place to stay. Or alternatively Holiday Inn New Orleans Downtown Superdome. Whatever your choice of New Orleans hotel, you will love the city.