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Addiction to New Orleans!!!

A March 2005 trip to New Orleans by xphile1067

Quote: I admit it... I'm a New Orleans junkie. The "Big Easy" does that to you. You visit once, and you're hooked for life! Here's my yearly trip and info!

Frenchman

Hotel

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The Frenchman Hotel, one of the French Quarter Quartet chain, is a half a block from where the Quarter officially ends, at Esplanade. It is located next to a fire station, but no alarms sounded during my stay. The rooms are clean, and the location offers a pool and spa, both open until midnight. This hotel is very accessible by either walking through the Quarter or taking the Riverfront streetcar to the last stop and crossing the street. Also located nearby is the U.S. mint on Esplanade. This hotel is located in the "newest hip spot," a jazz lover’s dream. On the upside, I fell asleep to the sounds of live jazz nightly. On the downside, if you’re on the first floor and there are kids staying wit...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 12, 2005

Frenchman
417 Frenchman St
New Orleans, Louisiana
(888) 365-2775

The Original Pierre Maspero’s Restaurant

Restaurant | "Pierre Maspero’s"

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Pierre Maspero’s - This restaurant on Chartres offers much of the same cuisine as Café Maspero. This location has more ambience and a much nicer and more helpful staff. The drawback to eating here is that it is on the "route" for the horse drawn carriages, so if you’re eating next to the windows/doors, the "odor" from the horses is not so pleasant, along with the constant drawl of the tour guides.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 12, 2005

The Original Pierre Maspero’s Restaurant
440 Chartres Street
New Orleans, Louisiana
(504) 524-8990

Port of Call

Restaurant

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Port O’ Call - Tourists, locals, and repeat visitors will tell you that this is THE place for the best hamburgers in the Quarter and surrounding districts. For $8.95, you get a big burger and a baked potato. You can add cheese for a small charge. Service is really great, and although it’s on Esplanade and closer to the Marigny, it’s not too far from the Quarter--just a couple of blocks' walk. One warning, however--there is a VERY long wait, as this is an extremely popular restaurant. Worth the wait, though, in my opinion.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 12, 2005

Port of Call
838 Esplanade Ave
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
+1 504 523 0120

Gray Line tours

Attraction | "ISPR/Grayline Paranormal Tour"

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The Grayline Ghost Expedition is kind of a pricey tour, but it’s a fun one. This tour takes a group, 10 or less, inside an “actively haunted house.” They give you the “tools” to hunt out the ghosts yourself and encourage you to do so. If you have the “skeptic” or the “just along for the ride” person in your tour, it won’t be as impressive. For $65, you can board a bus at Jax Brewery and be driven to the haunted house. While not in the best neighborhood, a security guard stays with the group the whole time, as do the tour guides. It’s interesting if you’re tired of the cemetery/plantation/swamp tours.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 12, 2005

Gray Line tours
2 Canal St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
+1 504 587 0861; +1

Gray Line tours

Attraction | "Gray Line"

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Gray Line’s Off the Beaten Path Tour is one of their "newer" tours. This 2.5-hour tour takes you away from the main sites. Tom, my guide, was quite knowledgeable, and this tour takes you to St. Roch cemetery, which is one of the cemeteries not on the usual tour route. It is immaculately taken care of, and the St. Roch shrine is located here, though it is locked at 2pm daily. Groups are fairly small, for the moment, for this tour. Other highlights are the last three remaining buildings from Storyville and lots of jazz information for the enthusiast. For Louis Armstrong fans, it’s a must. The tour also includes a stop at Coffee, Friends and …, run by Carl Meyer. Located on Burgundy Street, it ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 12, 2005

Gray Line tours
2 Canal St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
+1 504 587 0861; +1

Le Monde Creole

Attraction | "Step Back in History With Le Monde Creole"

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Le Monde Creole - This tour leaves from the Le Monde Creole shop. $24 is a bit pricey for the tour, but it’s another one that is not mainstream. Go to the rear of the courtyard to purchase tickets, located at 624 Royal Street. Loads of information on the “Laura” plantation heiress, Laura Locoul, and delves into their family history and the background of what “Creole” is. Your guides are informative, but make note: there are no restroom stops, nor drink breaks. Take a drink with you, and go beforehand! There's lots of walking, so it's not a handicapped-friendly tour. The last stop is at the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, and there is a restroom you can use there.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 12, 2005

Le Monde Creole
1000 Bourbon Street - Suite 332
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 568-1801

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There are dozens of swamp- and/or plantation-tour companies to choose from. Louisiana Swamp and Plantation Tours offers pickup at your hotel, and they were timely. Of course, you spend the next hour picking up the rest of the people in your tour as well. While I am a seasoned visitor to New Orleans and have been on many tours, this one would not be advisable for first-time visitors. There is no lunch stop, only a minimal snack offering at whichever plantation you choose to visit, and you have less than an hour to tour the grounds and house, take photos, and view the gift shop. Then it’s off for a ride to the swamp. I was more impressed with their swamp tour than I have been with others. It was ...Read More