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first timer with only 3 days to visit

I will be arriving at the beginning of June with my grown daughter. Trying to decide between these 2 hotels. Any advice would be appreciated. Country Inn & Suites by Carlson or Wyndham Garden Hotel Barone Plaza. As we are booking a package vacation through Jet Blue these are some of the options we have. Plan on walking most everywhere, want to do a swamp tour, Aquarium of the Americas and all the must do street walks from Royal to Decatur. Haven't decided on meals yet.

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1. Re: first timer with only 3 days to visit

Both are located in the Central Business District, about the same distance from Canal St. and the French Quarter. Being right on Magazine St. and closer to the River and Jackson Square, I would give Country Inn & Suites the location edge for most visitors.

Have not stayed at the Wyndham Garden, although I have walked by it and it looks fine. We stayed at Country Inn & Suites last week, and were very pleased. Each room has a fridge and microwave. The complimentary breakfast includes fresh fruit and fresh eggs, along with a nicely prepared breakfast meat and the other more typical offerings; one of the better complimentary breakfasts I've come across. Though not "posh" or luxurious, the hotel is very clean, nicely furnished and well maintained. The staff was both cordial and knowledgable. Being in a renovated warehouse/factory building, the hotel is also somewhat "NewOrleanish".

What lodging options, if any, do you have within the French Quarter?

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2. Re: first timer with only 3 days to visit

We have The Bourbon Orleans, Queen & Crescent, Pelham Hotel and Prince Conti are within our budget. Our first pick was Country Inn because of all the great reviews.

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3. Re: first timer with only 3 days to visit

The Bourbon Orleans is a charming, very New Orleans hotel located smack dab in the middle of The Quarter. Of your choices, it would most definitely be my preference. My DH and I have lodged there, and it is among our favorites. Queen & Crescent and Pelham aren't nearly as convenient for French Quarter activities. The Prince Conti generally receives favorable reports by this forum's folks, too and is also within The Quarter. If an inclusive breakfast is a consideration, Loopwhole's advice, as usual, is spot on. But, with only three days, I would want to be in the center of the action.

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4. Re: first timer with only 3 days to visit

The room amenities, including breakfast, and size will likely be greater at Country Inn than at Bourbon Orleans. But as Lilidalla points out, it's hard to beat Bourbon Orleans' charm and location in the middle of the French Quarter. Being in older buildings, there is often quite a bit of disparity among rooms in the same French Quarter hotel; pay particular attention to room descriptions.

It's not clear if you are staying 2 or 3 nights. If it's just a 2-night visit, you might want to forego the swamp tour.

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The Bourbon Orleans has always been one of my favorites. Centrally located on Bourbon and Orleans Sts with main entrance on Orleans St it is steps from the back of the St Louis Cathedral and Pirates' Alley that leads into Jackson Sq. The pool area is very nice and is an added amenity in June when it will be hot and humid. You are only steps to Bourbon St and the Funky Pirate Blues Club which is adjacent to Fritzel's which has wonderful Dixieland Jazz nightly. To the left of the Funky Pirate is one of the Tropical Isle Bars that has various bands but has a balcony you can easily access and sit, enjoy a beverage and watch the activities on Bourbon St. Currently on the St Ann side of the BO filming of a pilot episode of NCIS New Orleans is underway. You are only 1 1/2 blocks to Rouses Grocery Store on the corner of Royal and St Peter's Sts. Royal St has abundant art and antique galleries. The street itself closes in the afternoon for street performers. One of my favorite restaurants the Orleans Grapevine is directly across the street from the main entrance of the BO. You are also only three blocks to Louis Armstrong Park and a three blocks to the French Market and the famous Cafe du Monde.

Edited: 11 March 2014, 11:16
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6. Re: first timer with only 3 days to visit

We are staying 3 nights. What wonderful first hand suggestions from all. Still leaning towards the Country Inn. I think having the breakfast (that sounds delicious) included is going to make this hotel our choice. One less meal we will have to pay for. The only downfall we see is the pool, as we both like to swim..but dipping will be fine to cool off. It seems we will have to come back in the next few years and experience life ON Bourbon Street. Thanks so much.

Edited: 11 March 2014, 12:42
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7. Re: first timer with only 3 days to visit

Sorry forgot to add...ideas about 2 women walking at night. Should we take taxi's around. Wondering how far it will be to walk if we were at the casino during the evening, or on Bourbon Street?

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8. Re: first timer with only 3 days to visit

The entire French Quarter is walkable and the casino is just a couple of short blocks farther. My DH and I go back and forth (that area) several times during each of our trips. I have always considered it safe as it is generally well traveled and lit. However, we rarely are out very late at night or in the wee hours of morning. Cabs are abundant and inexpensive as are pedicabs. And actually, the Country Inn and Suites is probably as close (if not closer) to the casino as the French Quarter hotels you have mentioned.

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9. Re: first timer with only 3 days to visit

As we won't be out very late or in the wee hours, this is perfect. Thanks so much, you have been very helpful.

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10. Re: first timer with only 3 days to visit

I would not choose a hotel in New Orleans based on a free breakfast. You can eat in NO fairly inexpensively if you choose to. My husband and I can have a great breakfast at Johnny's (in the Quarter) for about $15 for both of us. Or have beignets at Cafe duMonde ($3), or you can eat inexpensively at Clover Grill, where you can get wonderful omelettes (and all of the other usual breakfast items), or eat at Daisy Duke for their very inexpensive Early Bird Special. Being right in the French Quarter means easy access to your room for a quick nap, or freshening up, or returning packages..and a much quicker return to the hotel at night if are out enjoying the French Quarter. If the price of the Bourbon Orleans is comparable with CI, I think that the Bourbon Orleans is a much better deal. I have stayed there and had a beautiful room overlooking the pool area. I haven't stayed at CI and I'm sure it is fine, but the convenience of being in the French Quarter definitely outweighs having a free breakfast in my opinion. Whichever you choose, have a wonderful time in New Orleans!