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Friend coming from Australia: which hotel should we choose?

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Friend coming from Australia: which hotel should we choose?

My friend is visiting from Australia and is a huge jazz fan, so we are going to New Orleans. We want to stay in the French Quarter, but there are way too many choices that I can't decide. We are a male and female: 23 and 24 years old. Any suggestions? Thank you!

Oh, and he mentioned wanting a balcony, but that is not a necessity.

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1. Re: Friend coming from Australia: which hotel should we choose?

It depends. How much are you looking to spend? Do you want to be in the middle of the Bourbon St. Madness or in a quieter section of the FQ?

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2. Re: Friend coming from Australia: which hotel should we choose?

On average, you'll probably pay about $50 per night more for a balcony (sometimes a lot more).

Royal Sonesta has pay-in-advance midweek rates that aren't too bad.

You'll find balconies overlooking Bourbon at the Royal Sonesta and the Bourbon Orleans.

If you just want nice rooms nearby at reasonable rates including continental breakfast, check out the Iberville Suites.

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3. Re: Friend coming from Australia: which hotel should we choose?

I'd recommend the Astor Crowne Plaza, Iberville Suites and Bourbon Orleans hotels, which are all reasonably priced, have great French Quarter locations, and fit in well with your age group.

Also, when are you traveling? Many of the pricier hotels have special summer rates which are excellent deals!

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4. Re: Friend coming from Australia: which hotel should we choose?

Thanks for the recommendations! We are going during the week (Tuesday-Friday). Are there things to do on weekdays? Do you have any recommendations for jazz clubs? Also, if we stay on Bourbon St. during the week, does it tend to be very loud in the hotels?

Thanks!

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5. Re: Friend coming from Australia: which hotel should we choose?

Yes, if you stay on Bourbon St. the noice level is higher than if you stay elsewhere even during the week. Keep in mind most hotels with balconies on Bourbon are much higher than hotels with balconies elsewhere in the quarter. Every time we've gone to New Orleans we've had a balcony but we never stay right on Bourbon. Too expensive and too loud. It's nice to escape to your quiet hotel balcony after strolling Bourbon.

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6. Re: Friend coming from Australia: which hotel should we choose?

Where do you recommend off Bourbon St., Paul? We won't have a car, so it would be nice if it was within walking distance.

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7. Re: Friend coming from Australia: which hotel should we choose?

If you're staying on Bourbon such as at the Astor Crowne Plaza or Bourbon Orleans, ask for a hotel room on a high floor facing away from the street, and the noise levels should be at a minimum. Otherwise, there are lots of hotels in the French Quarter that are close to Bourbon, such as Iberville Suites and Place d'Armes that you might want to check out.

As far as jazz clubs, the best ones are on Frenchmen St in the Marigny (area adjacent to the French Quarter and within walking distance). I love Snug Harbor, but the Spotted Cat is pretty good as well. There are a lot of other nice live music venues on Frenchmen too.

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