Some cities defy definition. New Orleans is one of them. The soothing tunes from live crooners bubbling up from the neighborhood of Marigny will mirror the effervescence of your gin fizz. Just blocks from the cozy and colorful jazz bars, the French Quarter is sprinkled with high-rises and trimmed with wrought iron. And Uptown? That’s where the quietude of suburban life and college-town studies are set aside each winter to make way for the psychedelic floats and shiny beads of Mardi Gras. NOLA is without a doubt a magical city—a shape-shifter extraordinaire—from the soft strum of the bass to the carefree days of Carnival.
No thoroughfare combines the many facets of NOLA quite like iconic Bourbon Street, which runs through the heart of the French Quarter. Historic homes, stunning theaters, and boisterous bars line up along this narrow passageway just waiting for you to explore them. Beyond the fabulous parties and bold cuisine, you’ll find a city rich in history and culture—Spanish, French, Native American, and African influences weave through town like French lace. Book your Bourbon Street hotel today and become part of the beauty in the Big Easy.
Where to Stay On and Near Bourbon Street
- Royal Sonesta New Orleans: Stay on Bourbon Street, just steps from New Orleans Jazz Museum and Germaine Wells Mardi Gras Museum, where you can immerse yourself in hypnotizing harmonies or fantastic floats, depending on which way you turn. Keep an eye on the action below from your private balcony, edged in intricate ironwork. If you stay out late, dining on small bites and cocktails, don’t fret; order in 24-hour room service and relax.
- Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans: Located a short walk from A Gallery of Fine Photography, Hotel Monteleone is picture perfect. Snap a photo of the ornate façade as you step into your equally opulent suite. You may never want to leave the lovely tapestries and plush furnishings of your own slice of the French Quarter, but it’s high time you pamper yourself with a trip to the full-service spa, where you’ll really start to feel like royalty.
Life on Bourbon Street
As its boozy moniker implies, Bourbon Street can be wild any time of the year, but few events in the world eclipse the smorgasbord of celebration and shenanigans that dances through Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras. This festival fills the hotels on Bourbon Street with free spirits, and the street is packed with partygoers, performers, dancers, and more. Listen to an up-and-coming blues band at a bar, order an absinthe frappé, and sample some exquisite Cajun seafood.
When the party scene isn’t your soup du jour, hide away from the fray with a tour of St. Louis Cathedral, built in 1794 over the foundations of churches past. With hymns humming in your ear, wander over to Jackson Square, one of America's most historic public spaces—here you can enjoy a cup of coffee and casual conversation. And what shall you talk about? The mystical collections at the New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum are an intriguing place to start.
Eat to Your Heart’s Content
As you embark on this multicultural city, you may be asking the age-old question: What’s the difference between Cajun and Creole cuisine and where can I find some? First of all, locals tell us the difference lies in the inclusion of one key ingredient. Creole cuisine showcases more tomato-based recipes than Cajun fare. That’s a broad generalization, but it’s certainly a delicious one, wherever you dip your spoon on the spectrum. When the time comes to taste your way through New Orleans, there’s no better place to start than the French Quarter. In addition to the local French-Creole restaurants, like iconic Antoine’s Restaurant, you’ll find some chic cocktail bars—perfect for a relaxing night cap or a rollicking pub crawl.
From the legendary nightlife to the twists and turns of history, New Orleans is truly a city unto itself. Even the roads are landmarks. Book hotels near Bourbon Street with Travelocity and save with our price-matching guarantee. We’ll offer or match the best price available, and you can use that extra time and money to plan and splurge on a wickedly wonderful getaway in New Orleans.