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Old 09-11-2007, 08:50 AM
 
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Good morning all, I will be spending a week in New Orleans during March 16-22, I have been to N.O. on several weekend trips since the storm. However I was very dissapointed the hotels that I stayed in so I am looking for advice.

Like most people I plan to stay right in the middle of all the action, I would like to be close all the typical tourist attractions in the Burbon street area. So, can anyone give me some great hotel recommendations? Also, outside of Jackson Square, Aquarium and the Zoo what are some other great activities.
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Old 09-11-2007, 09:33 AM
 
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Default An authentic place

My boyfriend and I have stayed in a number of locations in the Quarter and would recommend the 1822 Bougainvillea House Bed & Breakfast on Gov Nicholls to anyone. It's technically a B&B but really it is two large apartments rented out by the most amazing owners (an older couple who will invite you to breakfast in their home). The location is great - near the FQ but far enough away that that you have peace and quiet - safe area and private off street parking in their hidden courtyard - also close to Frenchman St which is a great place to hang out. We stayed in the Riverboat Suite which is in a separate building with no one beneath or above you – it’s a second floor 1 bedroom apt which can sleep 5 and has it’s own private bougainvillea covered balcony, 2 tvs with HBO and such, a fully stocked kitchen, fully stocked bathroom, fully stocked linen closets – you can just move in and live there (it’s where the owners lived while they were refurbishing their main house and left everything there). There is a private courtyard with a dining area and a hot tub off in the corner and a washer and dryer – they just give you the key to the gate/garage door and you come and go as you please. BTW - Pat, the wife - belongs to a Bonsai Society in La and the whole courtyard is adorned with her unique creations & Greg, the husband - ran for office as a Libertarian but didn't win - they're really great to talk to.

The best thing is – the apts rent for $125 per night which is an insane price for what you get.

Just Google 1822 Bougainvillea and take a look at their website for pics of the apts.



For things to see and do - you can easily take a taxi or drive up to Jacques-Imo's Cafe which is amazing food - must take a stroll through the Garden District and again - must check out Frenchman Street for all the different music clubs and some great food too -- best pic is Cafe Brasil on a Fri/Sat nite and then cross the street for BBQ off the truck.

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Old 09-11-2007, 11:51 PM
 
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OFF THE BEATEN (TOURIST) PATH: places locals and the more adventurous tourists frequent

In my opinion, the absolute finest in Fine Dining, Uptown: The Upperline (1413 Upperline St.)

Go to Audubon Park (out St. Charles Ave.) for beautiful idyllic scenery (spanish moss, live oaks, wildlife, etc.), walking/ jogging paths, an old golf links, the renowned Audubon Zoo, lush green park areas; view the palatial southern homes surrounding the park and St. Charles Ave.; Tulane University and Loyola University (some of the most exquisitely manicured lawns you have ever seen on college campuses) are across the street.

Take a ferry to Algiers (across the river) and view the city from a unique and slightly distant vantage point across the muddy Mississip; tool around the sleepy neighborhood of Algiers Point (believe it or not, it is purported to be the oldest settlement in New Orleans)

Go to Bucktown for a seafood experience at Deanie's Seafood (on the Lake)... best fried seafood in the city (ask any local!) -- worth the trip out, sho' nuff

Great live music venues:

Tipitina's: Napoleon at Tchoupitoulas (Uptown): quintessential NOLA live music venue

Maple Leaf: on Maple St. (in Carrolton) next door to the aforementioned Jacques-Imo's (superb authentic New Orleans cuisine -- the "place to be" in funky Uptown)

Monkey Hill on 6100 Magazine St.: a cozy but somewhat posh hole-in-the-wall -- good for swanky cocktails and a night out to experience intimate live music with a touch of class

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