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French QuarterNew Orleans

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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Top Hotels in French Quarter

Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
4 out of 5
621 Saint Louis St, New Orleans, LA
The price is CA $135 per night from Dec 20 to Dec 21

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. ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,769 reviews)

"Great location and quiet. Just few streets away from Bourbon st. Great restaurants just steps away."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 21, 2020

Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter
Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter
4 out of 5
124 Royal St, New Orleans, LA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $104 per night from Nov 29 to Nov 30

Located in French Quarter, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Canal Street, Royal Street and Bourbon Street. Harrah's New Orleans Casino and Jackson Square ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,447 reviews)

"I loved the location of this hotel. Near everything in the French quarter. There is a Walgreens next door and a cute Mediterranean restaurant across the street. The block from bourbon was super convenient as well."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 17, 2020

Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
4.5 out of 5
300 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA
The price is CA $169 per night from Nov 24 to Nov 25

Located in French Quarter, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bourbon Street and Jackson Square. French Market and National World War II Museum ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,006 reviews)

"Balcony on Bourbon was a great view, saw the excitement of Halloween night."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 7, 2020

Royal Sonesta New Orleans
The Westin New Orleans
The Westin New Orleans
4.5 out of 5
100 Rue Iberville, New Orleans, LA
The price is CA $166 per night from Nov 30 to Dec 1

Located in French Quarter, this luxury hotel is steps away from The Shops at Canal Place and Canal Street. Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and Harrah's New ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,564 reviews)

"Ebrything was near to the places where need to go tru the canal fresh markets the other stores Burban street ebrything good"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 25, 2020

The Westin New Orleans
Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans
Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans
4 out of 5
214 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA
The price is CA $195 per night from Nov 24 to Nov 25

Located in French Quarter, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bourbon Street and Jackson Square. French Market and National World War II Museum are ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,674 reviews)

"Carousel bar big disappointment Ou were doing the best you could"…"

Reviewed on Nov. 14, 2020

Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans
Holiday Inn FRENCH QUARTER-CHATEAU LEMOYNE
Holiday Inn FRENCH QUARTER-CHATEAU LEMOYNE
3.5 out of 5
301 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA
The price is CA $117 per night from Nov 25 to Nov 26

Located in French Quarter, this hotel is steps away from Bourbon Street and Canal Street. Jackson Square and Harrah's New Orleans Casino are also within 15 minutes. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,103 reviews)

"Covid effected house keeling so that was some issues"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 11, 2020

Holiday Inn FRENCH QUARTER-CHATEAU LEMOYNE
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