New Orleans Journals

Weekends in the French Quarter

A travel journal to New Orleans by cassidy90

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Quote: We spent several weekends in New Orleans when I was on a ship in the area. What a great town! So much to see and do, so many great places to stay. And the food . . . wow!

Weekends in the French Quarter

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Overview

Mississippi River Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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New Orleans is a great town to visit just to see the sights. My favorite thing to do there is walk. This is the type of city where you can drop your car when you get there and not touch it again until it's time to leave.Quick Tips: If you're going to New Orleans when it's not too busy, (outside of Mardi Gras season) you should definitely stay in the French Quarter. We have stayed in the outskirts and it is not worth it. There are too many good places to stay that are only a block or two off of Bourbon Street to pass up. If you look you can find many hotels that are right around a night that are in the middle of everything.Best Way To Get Around: Once you get into town, park the...Read More
Hotel Provincial Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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The Hotel Provincial was a really great place. It is truly tucked in on Rue Chartres. From the front gate it looks beautiful, but small. Once inside you realize how grand this little hotel actually is. Provincial has several small, beautiful courtyards, and two pools. The courtyards were very calming, almost like a refuse from the crazy world outside. Valet parking is an additional $15 daily. This is both reasonable and worthwhile. Several of the hotels we stayed in downtown did not have their own parking facility. At night the front gates are locked and guarded, so the hotel is very safe. The rooms were relatively small, but very clean and wonderfully decorated. The staff at the hotel was ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 15, 2003

Hotel Provincial
1024 Rue Chartres
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
(800) 535-7922

Cornstalk Hotel

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Hotel

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With only 14 rooms, staying at the Cornstalk is like staying in someone's home. You enter the building and walk down a long hallway to register at the small check-in desk at the end. The charge for a night's stay was remarkably cheap at only $75. This hotel was a great little place to stay for the weekend. Definitely different from what you're used to. The wrought iron cornstalk fence out front is what gives the place its name and makes it so famous. The fence alone is over 130 years old. Behind the fence is a beautiful little courtyard that is nice to sit in and relax. Royal Street is my favorite in New Orleans. It is in a quiet, secluded section of the Quarter, but being only a block off of...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 15, 2003

Cornstalk Hotel
915 Royal St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
504-523-1515

Hotel Villa Convento

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Hotel

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The Hotel Villa Convento didn't look like much at first glance. It is situated slightly out of the way on the southeastern corner of the busy part of the French Quarter. It is still very much within walking distance of everything. The building is the original House of the Rising Sun Bordello, so there is a lot of history involved. The whole facility is situated around a central patio/courtyard. Breakfast is served daily in this area. Even once you're inside the courtyard area, the place doesn't look like much, but once we were inside our room we were pleasantly surprised. All of the rooms open up onto the patio area with inside balconies above. The rooms were well sized with large clean ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 15, 2003

Hotel Villa Convento
616 Ursulines St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
504/522-1793

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The Hyatt is a lot like most other. It is a huge building that is very extravagant and beautiful. Our stay there was very pleasant. The rooms were sizable and very clean. The Superdome is very close and there are two restaurants inside. The location puts you within walking distance of the French Quarter. We took a cab out, but ended up walking back to the hotel at night. The route back is sort of deserted, because you're close to the business section, but seemed relatively safe. The night's stay was excellent and the hotel would be great for a business traveller, but I wouldn't recommend it if you really want to experience New Orleans. There are too many interesting small ho...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 15, 2003

Hyatt Regency New Orleans
500 Poydras Plz
New Orleans, Louisiana 70113-1805

Gumbo Shop

Restaurant

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A small cafe-style restaurant about a block off of Jackson Square. We had great crawdads several times here while we were in town. We had different experiences with the other food. We had the Po-Boys a couple of times. For some reason, once the sandwiches weren't so good. It may have been a fluke thing. They had many different kinds of good drinks. The atmosphere was always very pleasant and open feeling. The waiters and waitresses were all very friendly to us on all occasions. Overall, it was a nice spot to sit and watch the people of New Orleans pass by. Definitely worth the try for some good classic regional food.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 15, 2003

Gumbo Shop
630 St. Peter St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
+1 504 525 1486; +1

Mr. B's Bistro

Restaurant

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The whole dining experience was wonderful. In a town full of food, this restaurant definitely stands out. The wait was rather lengthy, but it was well worth it. Conveniently, there are several pubs in the immediate area where you can go to wait until they are ready to seat you in Mr. B's. Run by the famous Brennan Family, the restaurant is quite a mixture of food styles. It is advertised as "Creole Cuisine", but is so much more. The atmosphere was very lively and fun. When we were there a live pianist was on the premises. Jazz tunes filled the air and mixed with the wonderul aromas of fine cuisine.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 15, 2003

Mr. B's Bistro
201 Royal St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 523-2078

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Crescent City is the only brewhouse in the French Quarter. It is situated on Decatur St. looking out over the river. We had a wonderful dining experience here. We ate out on the balcony hanging over the street, only two blocks from Jackson Square. The warm sounds of a local jazz band downstairs helps saturate the night air that is so specific to New Orleans. The menu offers more than the traditional New Orleans cuisine. It is an eclectic mix of several flavors and styles of cooking. Their beer selection was suberb and the waiter offered suggestions regarding that went well with our meals. The building itself offers a rich historic past, as it is one of the buildings in New Or...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 16, 2003

Crescent City Brewhouse
527 Decatur St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
+1 504 522 0571

Howl at the Moon

Attraction

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Howl at the Moon was a pretty nice little bar. Earlier in the evening, there was plenty of seating at both the bar and tables. Happy hour is from opening until 8pm. During happy hour, drinks are two-for-one. The performers were dueling pianists and were pretty entertaining. I think this may be a chain, but it was fun nonetheless. Later at night, the place was packed. Anywhere you go downtown after midnight is going to be like that though. I'd recommend stopping in just to see the performers!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 16, 2003

Howl at the Moon
127 Bourbon St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 410-9000