“Laissez les bon temps rouler” (Let the good times roll) is the motto of New Orleans. So, it's no wonder why flights to New Orleans are full of primed party-goers; people want to let loose and enjoy themselves. And, it’s not just during the Mardi Gras festival that revelers flock to the Big Easy. Bourbon Street is the embodiment of the “laissez-faire” attitude of the city, no matter the season. But, the New Orleans pulse pounds strong and can be found in nearly every pocket of town—from the majestic St. Louis Cathedral to the refined Ogden Museum of Southern Art. The city flirts with the senses and fascinates the mind, so start looking for hotels and rental cars in New Orleans today. Fun like this can't wait. And, when you book one of Travelocity’s amazing New Orleans car rental deals, you’ll save enough money to take a bite out of every flavor the city has to offer.
Where Are the Best Places to Stay in New Orleans?
With the money you save thanks to Travelocity’s cheap car rentals in New Orleans, you can afford to stay at a nicer hotel. Here are some of our favorite hotels in downtown New Orleans to serve as your home base in the Big Easy:
Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans – Located at the intersection of Canal and Bourbon Streets, the Astor Crowne Plaza is at the source of the city’s heartbeat. The newly renovated hotel offers four-star luxury throughout the property—from the outdoor pool to the well-appointed guestrooms. Off-site self-parking is available, but the on-site valet is a much more convenient option for your rental.
Le Pavillon Hotel – This downtown hotel’s location—and valet parking—makes it easy to hit the highway for a day trip. Although, with a heated rooftop pool, private cabanas, and award-winning restaurants, you may not want to leave the hotel grounds.
Bourbon Orleans Hotel – The recent multi-million-dollar restoration has brought modern amenities to this boutique hotel, while at the same time accentuating its historical charm. Explore the Mississippi delta in your rental car, then return for contemporary Creole cuisine at the hotel’s restaurant, Roux on Orleans, followed by a jazz show at Bourbon “O”, home to the New Orleans famed mixologist Miss Charming.
Omni Royal Orleans Hotel – Plan your day’s itinerary over a cup of morning coffee on the rooftop observation deck. Drive over to the Audubon Zoo or across Lake Ponchartrain for a day trip you won’t soon forget. Toss the keys to the valet, then head to the Rib Room for a fine-dining experience, followed by a nightcap at the Touché Bar.
Hopping about New Orleans
Your flight into town lands at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, which is a short 11-mile drive into downtown. You can take a shuttle, public bus, or taxi to New Orleans hotels, or you can get a New Orleans rental car. Before you know it, you’ll be at your accommodation where you can freshen up before strolling down Bourbon Street. If you do rent a car in New Orleans, you can explore areas outside the city, such as the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area—a great fishing and canoeing spot. Baton Rouge and Louisiana's Old State Capitol are nearby as well, making for excellent day trip options.
Feeling the Vibes in New Orleans
It's easy to feel the rhythm of the New Orleans drum. Start with an impromptu street jazz concert in Jackson Square; window shop for crafts, cigars, and other local remembrances in the French Quarter; kick your inhibitions to the curb on Bourbon Street; and repeat as needed. In between stops on your city tour, grab a bowl of jambalaya or a po' boy sandwich—that Cajun and Creole cuisine has the proper spice palette to keep you going. If you want an other-worldly spiritual experience, check out the Historic Voodoo Museum or take a guided ghost tour. Give your mind and body a peaceful respite with a stroll through New Orleans City Park or the elegant Garden District.
With such an extensive itinerary, it's best to plan early. By bundling a hotel and flight together on Travelocity, you’ll save up to $537. That’ll buy a bunch of muffuletta sandwiches, beignets, or hurricane cocktails. You get the point. You can also find New Orleans rental car deals on Travelocity, as well. And, with the Travelocity app, you’ll have access to mobile-exclusive offers, too.