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Old 02-26-2008, 07:14 PM
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I have a week off from work and school this July and im thinking of heading down to either to New Orleans or Memphis.

I appreciate the rich history of New Orleans and would like to experience Cajun culture and the whole funky "aura" of the city.

I have a limited budget so a french quarter hotel is out of my price range. One place I was looking at staying is the St. Vincent's guesthouse on Magazine Street which is low priced "no frills" type lodging in a 150yr old historic building.

But I am a bit concerned about the neighborhood I will be in. The hotel is at 1507 magazine street near between a couple of parks called "coliseum square" and "annunciation square". Judging by the map it is about a mile or so south of the french quarter.

Is this a relatively safe area, or a bad neighborhood? I will not have a car and will have to walk to the french quarter area during the day. Of course at night I would take a cab back to the hotel.

Thanks for any advice or suggestions.
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Old 02-26-2008, 08:04 PM
Location: New Orleans, LA
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a. New Orleans isn't Cajun. It's Creole if anything.

b. I've stayed at St. Vincent's many times, it's not the nicest place to stay although the owner is a fairly nice guy. He cannot afford to fix that building up, that said the neighborhood is pretty nice. It's not as busy as Uptown or the Quarter...but I do have a soft spot for the Lower Garden District. Look at the Prytania Park Hotel which is nearby...I liked staying there before I moved here.

c. it's not a low or high crime area. Stuff does happen in that area but its also made up of $750,000 Greek revival homes from the 1830s. Nothing is wholly safe in New Orleans, just keep an eye on who is behind you and don't stop and talk to strangers in spots away from other people. Of course I stayed in that area for 12 years in my travels here and I didn't ever have a problem so YMMV.
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Old 02-26-2008, 08:28 PM
Location: Da Parish
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I would walk to St. Charles Ave. and take the street car to avoid the walk Or as much walking as possible

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Old 02-29-2008, 01:15 PM
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I work about a block away from the area you are talking about. Check out the Avenue Garden Hotel. Summer Rates are usually pretty low. July 4th weekend which is Essence Fest is pretty expensive but other than that you can prob find a room at the AGH for around $50 a night. Some rooms are really nice and some are just okay (all at the same price) free coffee and tea in the morning and right on the street car line. they have a website but to see more pics i would go to tripadvisor.
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