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New Orleans is a city rich with cultural heritage, famous for its food and music. The city is famous the world over for its world class jazz and blues music. You’ll find the best live music down Bourbon Street, one of the most well-known bar strips in the world. New Orleans’ Creole cuisine is an epic fusion of many styles, blending French, Spanish, West African, Caribbean, German, Italian and Irish influences. It’s an incredible cavalcade of smoky Cajun spices, sweet shellfish, tasty sausages and a little of the unusual too, like alligator, skunk and snake. Fill your stomach, fill your heart and book a hotel in this city; you’re bound to fall in love with New Orleans.
Skyscrapers and office blocks dominate the business district of New Orleans, but that does not mean that the district is just a modern monstrosity. Among all those gleaming commercial building, the city has still preserved much of its 19th Century architecture. The highlight is the historic Lafayette Square, where you can enjoy free concerts.
The range of hotels is a mix of old and new, with modern hotels for shoppers and business travellers, and quaint historic hotels for those looking for a bit of culture. The vast majority rate at either three or four star, many offering a delicious breakfast in the morning (American portions), a king-size bed and a bar & lounge to relax in after a busy day visiting the Audubon Insectarium or the New Orleans Jazz Park.
New Orleans was once a French colony, sold to the Americans by Napoleon 1803, and its name has French roots (the original in France was named after Philip II of Orleans). So it’s not surprising that New Orleans has a French Quarter. It’s an area known for its beautiful French and Spanish colonial architecture, fine restaurants and cafés and, of course, its world famous bar strip, Bourbon Street. Here you can also shop for antiques at Royal Street, check out a little New Orleans jazz and blues at Preservation Hall or take a look at the St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square. Accommodation around here is mainly around three star rating and mainly focuses on the shoppers and romantics. There are also a good number of historic hotels, reflecting the areas past as both a former French and a Spanish colony.
Uptown New Orleans will definitely appeal to the history buffs. Check out the 19th Century architecture in St. Charles Avenue and Magazine Street. It’s also home to the Audubon Park, where you’ll find magnificent golf courses, bike trails and the city’s zoo. Families will find themselves feeling particularly at home in an Uptown hotel, thanks to the spacious layout of the rooms. You’ll find that breakfast is usually free so you’re well fuelled for exploring New Orleans.