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Old 09-14-2010, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Fulshear, TX
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My wife and I want to head down to NO for our anniversary. I'm looking for a nice location that doesn't necessarily need to be in the french quarter. Our only criteria is that we're near a shopping center (or mall) and a Target store. That's been our anniversary getaway criteria since we've been married.... We're hoping to find locations and hotel's that's off the beaten path. We'll be driving from Houston, so we'll have transportation to drive around town.

Any suggestions on where to stay?
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Old 09-14-2010, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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There's a nice mall (Lakeside) and a two-story Target in Metairie on Veterans Blvd within a couple miles of each other. There are hotels in the area, but nothing "off the beaten path". Just some of your staple hotels (Comfort Suites on Idaho is nice and a great price IMO). If you have a vehicle, I wouldn't think staying in the 'burbs and driving to where you want to go (French Quarter, Garden District, etc) would be a problem at all, although if I were coming for a vacation I'd want to get a little more "authentic" experience I suppose.
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Old 09-14-2010, 06:35 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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Definitely no off the beaten path when you're staying in the suburbs. Target is in a smaller mall (Clearview) that has a Sears and a Bed Bath and Beyond. There's Zea restaurant there that's pretty good - they have their own beer and I love their Thai ribs. Lakeside Mall is down the road a couple miles with much more: JCP, Dillards, Macys, a bunch of mall regulars, and some higher end stores like Coach and Bebe. If you're into beer, Lagers (at Veterans and Severn) has 75 beers on tap and a really chill crowd that includes me most Fridays . Dragos has a location in Metairie and Crazy Johnnies is right around the corner.

I'd just search hotels in Metairie if that's what you're looking for. Other than being around 10-15 miles from the French Quarter, there's seriously nothing to write home about in the New Orleans suburbs, but I suppose you can still have a decent time. Just difficult for me to picture tourists WANTING to be in the suburbs, I guess.

The shopping in Metairie should meet your requirements - it's 10 miles from the French Quarter. The only hotel advice I can give you there is to stay away from the La Quinta on Veterans - not a happy place.
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Old 09-14-2010, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Fulshear, TX
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Just difficult for me to picture tourists WANTING to be in the suburbs, I guess.
Haha... I guess we like going to the action rather than staying in the middle of the action,

Well here's another question...

What place would you suggest we stay in or around the French Quarter?
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Old 09-14-2010, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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What's your price range?
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Old 09-15-2010, 04:23 AM
 
Location: Fulshear, TX
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What's your price range?
Looking for something under $150 a night..
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Old 09-15-2010, 12:10 PM
 
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There are several Holiday Inns in the Qtr in that price range, as well as the Hotel Richelieu and some others. Check on a travel site as I haven't been to any in a long time.
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Old 09-15-2010, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Fulshear, TX
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I checked out Hotel Richelieu... This might be the place where we'll stay...

Thanx for all your help!
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