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Old 01-31-2013, 09:56 PM
 
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I am heading to New Orleans in May to visit a couple of frineds who are stationed in the area and would like to see the normally touristy stuff, but am driving down there. I am planning to be there for two days and have been there twice before: once when I was in high school for youth conference and the other for a day trip when visiting good friends who were stationed in Biloxi (so my familiarity with the area is somewhat limited). I would like to stay in a suburban area if possible. Where are good areas to stay in New Orleans if one is driving? Would Metairie or Harvey be good places to stay?
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:45 PM
 
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There is a Ramada at the corner o Causeway and I-10. Fairly safe area, parking, restaurents close.
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:53 PM
 
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Would the LaQuinta hotels in that area be safe also? I am looking at ones in Metairie and Harvey. My friends are in the Westbank area but I want to stay somewhere that is reasonably-priced, safe, and convenient. I know that trying to balance the three may be a little trickier in New Orleans compared to other places I have been to.
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Old 01-31-2013, 11:00 PM
 
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There is a Ramada at the corner o Causeway and I-10. Fairly safe area, parking, restaurents close.
I am considering that area with its good access and a suburban area may be better (with me being from a smaller town and used to driving when going places). At this point, I am keeping options open, but would like to stay under $100 a night if possible.
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Old 02-01-2013, 06:43 AM
 
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Sure. My parents used to stay there, they liked the Denny's breakfasts.
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Old 02-01-2013, 05:05 PM
 
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I work in the hotel industry. One of the things I need to ask is when you are choosing to go. May is still the busy season with some weekends being more expensive in hotels than others.

Metairie and Harvey can both be considered Suburbs of New Orleans, though that isn't strictly correct since they are both also their own city but unincorporated. I live in Metairie. It's alot smaller than you think.

If you're doing touristy stuff, I suggest the French Quarter, the Central Business District, St Charles Avenue or the Garden District for a taste of New Orleans rather than Metairie and Harvey. While both Metairie and Harvey are good, they are also extremely generic (except for Old Metairie). In the areas I mentioned, you will have a true New Orleans experience.
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Old 02-01-2013, 07:12 PM
 
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Advice: "When" is May is important even for the outer areas. May 3rd thru 6th is the second weekend of Jazz Fest, which means booking as soon as possible. And you do not want to stay in New Orleans for that weekend if you have a car (parking Hell).

But if you're going at another time in May, consider the Marigny. There are some B&B's that are reasonable, including the one I stay at. If you're interested/curious, email me.
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Old 02-02-2013, 12:13 AM
 
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I plan to go Memorial Day weekend, which I am sure that there are enough people out and about then. I am leaning towards Harvey due to being closer to my friends who are stationed at the air base in that area. Being handy for there and not having too terribly far to drive to the downtown/French Quarter areas.
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Old 02-02-2013, 08:53 PM
 
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If you're going to stay on the Westbank, try the hotel on the Westbank Expressway (anyone? it's the high-rise- I think it's a Holiday Inn?). The best way to get to the quarter from there would be to park in Algiers and take the (free) ferry across the river- it lets you off at Canal St., the "Main Street" of New Orleans.
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Old 02-03-2013, 02:30 AM
 
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Metairie and Harvey can both be considered Suburbs of New Orleans, though that isn't strictly correct since they are both also their own city but unincorporated. I live in Metairie. It's alot smaller than you think.
They are suburbs, and no they are not cities. A city is incorporated and provides services as such.
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If you're going to stay on the Westbank, try the hotel on the Westbank Expressway (anyone? it's the high-rise- I think it's a Holiday Inn?). The best way to get to the quarter from there would be to park in Algiers and take the (free) ferry across the river- it lets you off at Canal St., the "Main Street" of New Orleans.
Yeah that's Holiday Inn.
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