French Quarter

New Orleans
French Quarter showing street scenes, heritage architecture and a city

One of New Orleans’ oldest neighborhoods is popular for an ecclectic blend of romantic history, stunning architecture, jazz and black arts.

The French Quarter is a collection of charming streets at the heart of New Orleans. It’s bordered by Canal Street and home to the origins of this modern city. This is where the original settlers built and where many of the freed slaves, no longer required to work on the surrounding sugar or cotton plantations, resettled. Their influence can be seen in almost every building façade or gated garden in this compact district.

New Orleans was where jazz music originated, and the French Quarter led the way. It was the music of the slaves, with its raucous expression of momentary freedom, that started it all. Over the years, and as immigrants began to integrate as free men, the music developed into a blend unique to New Orleans. And, it was given a unique name: jazz. The French Quarter is still a jazz focal point, with parades held throughout the year to celebrate this pioneering music.

Aside from music, the French Quarter’s history has a darker side. Stop by the LaLaurie House on Royal Street, an allegedly haunted house where slaves were tortured in a secret attic chamber. Nearby, journey through the city of the dead at St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 where the queen of Voodoo, Marie Laveau, lies buried. It is believed that leaving a gift at her tomb grants a person their wish.

Relive the romanticism of the past by hiring one of the horse-drawn carriages that wait in lines on Decatur Street, and ride past the district’s varied colonial buildings. Many of these are now home to up-market French restaurants, so couples should take the time for a candle-lit dinner. The French Quarter is also home to the St. Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square.

The French Quarter is best seen on foot, and you can get there by taxi, bus, or streetcar.


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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 CA $147 per night from Nov 15 to Nov 15
Located in French Quarter, this hotel is steps from Canal Street, Royal Street, and Bourbon Street. New Orleans Musical Legends Park and Decatur Street are also ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (2,726 reviews)
"I have to admit…when the taxi brought us to our hotel from the airport I was a little nervous for the area. It was our first time being here in the French Quarter. But we were greeted with friendly faces once we stepped inside the hotel. Extremely helpful staff. Room was very spacious and clean! ..."

Reviewed on Oct. 17, 2021

Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter
Hotel St. Marie
Hotel St. Marie
3.5 out of 5
827 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA
The price is CA $197 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
Located in French Quarter, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bourbon Street, Jackson Square, and French Market. Harrah's New Orleans Casino and ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,298 reviews)
"The staff was friendly and very accommodating. The rooms were quite nice."

Reviewed on Oct. 17, 2021

Hotel St. Marie
Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
4 out of 5
621 Saint Louis St, New Orleans, LA
The price is CA $199 per night from Nov 10 to Nov 10
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. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,624 reviews)
"Perfect location, beautiful lobby and bar/restaurant. Clean room and comfortable bed. Bathroom is really small is the only negative."

Reviewed on Oct. 15, 2021

Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
4.5 out of 5
300 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA
The price is CA $256 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 8
Located in French Quarter, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bourbon Street and Jackson Square. French Market and Caesars Superdome are also within ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (2,440 reviews)
"Liked it was on Bourbon but felt way too expensive. We paid much higher booking ahead than our son did on check in. Feel we should have been given that price. Balcony door Terrible."

Reviewed on Oct. 16, 2021

Royal Sonesta New Orleans
Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter
Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter
4.5 out of 5
739 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA
Fully refundable
The price is CA $184 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Located in French Quarter, this luxury hotel is steps from Canal Street, Bourbon Street, and Royal Street. New Orleans Musical Legends Park and Decatur Street ...
3.9/5 Good! (2,799 reviews)
"Really nice property with a perfect location! Everything was in walking distance, and being right off of Bourbon St is really convenient!"

Reviewed on Oct. 17, 2021

Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter
New Orleans Marriott
New Orleans Marriott
4 out of 5
555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA
The price is CA $210 per night from Nov 16 to Nov 16
Located in French Quarter, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Canal Street and Jackson Square. Cafe Du Monde and French Market are also within 15 minutes. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,922 reviews)
"Comfortable lobby/bar, bed was extremely relaxing for sleep. Short-staffed like most establishments, cleaning of room delayed."

Reviewed on Oct. 12, 2021

New Orleans Marriott
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