New Orleans – The Best (and often most expensive) Hotels

New Orleans offers an abundance of hotels, from cheap motels, B&B’s and affordable and good family and mid-range hotels to exclusive luxury hotels. Here you can find a listing of the best and often the most expensive hotels in the Crescent City:

The Roosevelt New Orleans, Central Business District
123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112, 504-648-1200

The Ritz-Carlton, French Quarter
921 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70112, 504-524-1331

Royal Sonesta Hotel, French Quarter
300 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-586-0300

Le Pavillon Hotel, Central Business District
833 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA 70112, 504-581-3111

Hotel Mazarin, French Quarter
730 Bienville Street, New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-581-7300

Windsor Court Hotel, Central Business District
300 Gravier Street, New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-523-6000

JW Marriott New Orleans, Central Business District
614 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-525-6500

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New Orleans – Affordable & Mid-range Hotels

You might come to New Orleans for a holiday or just for a quick break, either way, you will need a hotel to stay in New Orleans.  Here is a list of affordable and mid-range hotels in the Crescent City:

Check out this long list of affordable and mid-range hotels in the Crescent City:

Lafayette Hotel, Central Business District, Warehouse District
600 St Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-524-4441
Located next to Lafayette Square, good location, 8 blocks from the French Quarter and it sits on the border of the Central Business District and the Warehouse District (the up-and-coming area). Friendly staff, and reasonable prices. Large and impeccably clean rooms. Cons: fixtures and decor are dated.

Crescent Palms Motel, Central City
3923 Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70125, 504-821-7773
The Crescent Palms Motel is a very clean place with a secure parking area. It looks like a new motel in a not so decent neighborhood, and you can be in the French Quarter in 15 minutes with no problems. The service is good and staff very helpful. Cons: they really should exchange the beds and offer free wifi.

905 Royal Hotel, French Quarter
905 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70116, 504-523-0219
Clean, private, quiet. Beautiful location, right in the heart of the Frensch Quarter. Old-fashioned, old-school place, far enough removed from the Bourbon Street craze but close enough to walk there in 2 minutes Staff is friendly and prices are relatively reasonable. Cons: no front desk or reception area, and very outdated.

Biscuit Palace, French Quarter
730 Dumaine Street, New Orleans, LA 70116, 504-525-9949
Great location, on Dumaine just south of Bourbon. It’s an old house converted to a hotel. Of course, it is not the Ramada or the Hilton. The price is reasonable for the location. Rooms have a kitchenette, coffee maker, microwave, mini-fridge, sink, and breakfast corner. Cons: maintenance.

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New Orleans – Uptown Best Restaurants

Check our list of the best restaurants in New Orleans. In Uptown there are quite a few very nice upscale restaurants to get discovered. Magazine Street, Prytania Street and Freret Street (the best NO symbol of the rebirth of the city after Katrina) are filled with many local shops, restaurants, and art galleries. Uptown was the place to be in the 19th century when New Orleans was booming.

Here are some quality Uptown Restaurants:

Apolline
4729 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70115, 504-894-8869
This restaurant offers a great experience, the atmosphere is lovely, and the staff is friendly. For dinner, it’s a quiet place, intimate and with soft lighting, and the crab taco appetizer is unique.

Bistro Daisy
5831 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70115, 504- 899-6987
Daisy is a small, intimate restaurant that serves both locals and visitors. Set in an old house, the rooms are small, which makes it a great place for date night

Clancy’s
6100 Annunciation Street, New Orleans, LA 70115, 504-895-1111
A local’s favorite and most of the dishes are creative applications of New Orleans favorites. Famous for the seasonal smoked soft-shell crab.

Coquette
2800 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70115, 504-265-0421
This amazing corner bistro features a menu of seasonal modern-American dishes. The place is renown for its seafood dishes, and the menu changes almost nightly.

Dante’s Kitchen
736 Dante Street, New Orleans, LA 70118, 504-861-3121
In this restaurant, there’s always something new on the menu. Everything they do, they do with perfection. The biscuits are heaven, and everything is truly fairly priced.

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RVing As A Main Way To Travel

The last few weeks, I’ve been very busy with working and traveling so It’s been a while that you could find any new posts here. I think I haven’t been blogging since our last trip to Utah as we visited the fair and enjoyed some wonderful skiing out there. But now it’s back to explaining the benefits of RVing.

When planning an exciting trip for some adventure and time away from the stressful workdays, seriously consider renting or buying an RV as the main way to travel. Thus, traveling in an RV is called RVing. While RVing, you have combined freedom of the open road with the luxuries of home.

On the open road, there are plenty of places to stop for the night and hook up your RV. Some places even offer swimming pools, hot tubs, and other recreational activities such as tennis and volleyball.

RVs allow you to unpack your belongings and put things away instead of living out of a suitcase for the whole trip. Instead of going out to eat for every meal you have the option of cooking a good homemade meal right out of your RV kitchen.

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New Orleans – All French Quarter Hotels

Tourism is the number 1 industry in New Orleans so in spring and fall, you better book a hotel in advance. Especially for the big events such as Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, Essence Fest, French Quarter Fest, Southern Decadence, Halloween, and Sugar Bowl you really should book a room at a very early stage.

Also keep in mind that for these big events rates are going to jump (doubling is not exceptional), and most hotels require a minimum stay of 4 nights during those busy periods.

If you don’t mind a bit of a chill and rain, December is a perfect time to visit New Orleans. It is just before the Sugar Bowl and New Year’s activities, and hotel prices will fall considerably and big money saving deals can be found everywhere.

There are no very cheap hotels in the French Quarter, but you still can find a few places that offer quality accommodation at a reasonable price. If you’re on a budget and must stay in the Big Easy, give some thought to a guesthouse. Generally, however, you will find a better and cheaper choice of cheap accommodations outside the French Quarter.

In case you visit New Orleans for the first time, accommodation in the French Quarter will make sense, as you are likely to spend most of your time in this part of the city. If you want to visit some other part of New Orleans, think about the beautiful Garden District. This part of the town isn’t really far away from the Quarter and near quite a few fantastic clubs and restaurants. In case you would like to get a good idea of how the locals thrive, visiting the gradually more fascinating neighborhoods of Mid-City.

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New Orleans – Affordable Uptown Restaurants

Uptown is a relatively high-end area and one of the safest in New Orleans. In Magazine Street you will find many local shops, restaurants, and art galleries, and this part of the city was developed when New Orleans was booming in the 19th century when New Orleans was one of the fastest growing cities in the United States.

Uptown’s most visited streets are St. Charles Avenue (famous for its historic streetcar line), Magazine Street, Prytania Street, Freret Street (a symbol of New Orleans’ rebirth after Katrina).

Here Are Some Affordable Uptown Eateries:

Ancora Pizzeria
4508 Freret Street, New Orleans, LA 70115, 504-324-1636
This welcoming pizzeria, just like so many places on booming Freret Street, satisfies the desires of locals but serves food deserving visitors’ attention.

Babylon Cafe
7724 Maple Street, New Orleans, LA 70118, 504-314-0010
A nice and traditional restaurant and the homemade bread is absolutely wonderful. Gyro is great and the dishes here remind of the food the neighborhood families would prepare.

 Blue Oak
530 Lyons Street, New Orleans, LA 70115, 504-621-9837
This BBQ is famous for its burgers, wings, smoked specials, and their homemade sauces. A local’s favorite.

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Utah “The Greatest Snow On Earth”

Over the past months, I’ve been writing mostly about RVing and related things but winter is here and we checked out Utah for some great winter skiing! Utah, “The Greatest Snow On Earth.” I’ve grown up hearing about how awesome the skiing is in Utah, but never had the opportunity to verify the rumors until this year.

We visited the area years ago with our RV but that was in the summer. Well, this time I’m not sure I experienced “the greatest snow on earth,” but I did experience some of the greatest skiing on earth! Last week, Veronica and I drove to Salt Lake for the Outdoor Retailer show and had the opportunity to spend 3 days up on the slopes.

Wednesday, Day 1 of skiing… Solitude Ski Resort up Big Cottonwood Canyon. We woke up super early, got on the computer and learned Solitude was getting hammered and that Big Cottonwood Canyon was closed to all vehicles without chains or 4-wheel drive (which we happen to have!). A mere 15 or 20 minutes from our hotel in South Jordan, we were at the ticket window chomping at the bit to hit the 10-inches of fresh powder.

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My Favorite Travel Deal, Paris in 30 hours

This is a post written by my sister Roberta, who loves traveling. 

In January, my family had just returned from a 7-night cruise and I was eager to plan our next vacation. Maybe it was the 50 below wind chill that inspired me? Or maybe it was just my love of travel. In any case, the same night we returned from a Western Caribbean cruise, I was on my computer at home considering various destinations. At one point I decided to go to the Sun Country airlines website to check on fares, and an advertisement on their home page caught my attention. It said something like, “Visit Paris for 30 hours”. I had been to Paris several times before, and it is one of my favorite cities. My husband had never been to Europe, and I knew it was something that he really wanted to do. So, having just returned from a week-long vacation, I did what any other vacation-lover would do… I turned to my husband and said, “Do you want to go to Paris for 30 hours, leaving two weeks from now?” My husband’s response? “Sure, let’s go!”

 

Here’s what Sun Country was offering. They were trying to meet some type of requirement in order to obtain a specific contract. In order to do this, they needed to accumulate a certain number of hours flying internationally each month. I’m not sure about all the details, but in order to meet the requirements, they decided to offer one flight to Paris, with certain restrictions. Passengers had to depart and return on the same aircraft (same flight crew and everything), and the plane would only stay in Paris for 30 hours. Although this isn’t very long for a city like Paris, the price was right: $230 per person round trip! And for us, with three small children, this was an ideal quick little getaway. I called my mom right away and she was ready to go. Seats for the three of us were booked within the hour. (more…)

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Discover New Zealand

Waitomo Caves

People who really love to go to new places just to get an adventure are really suitable for this place. People can enjoy the view that they can find inside the cave. They can also enjoy the track that leads to the Waitomo Caves. These days, there are a lot of companies that build facilities that can be used by the tourist who visits Waitomo Caves.

Usually, there are two kinds of facilities that can be visited by the tourist. One is for those who really want to enjoy the view of Waitomo Caves, and one is for those who want to really have an adventure in Waitomo Caves. Usually, most people will choose the first one since they don’t need a lot of effort to visit Waitomo Caves. But there are also people who choose the second one since they want to have a little adventure on their trip to Waitomo Caves.

Waitomo Caves is a place that you can’t miss out when you visit New Zealand. The Caves are really suitable for those who visit New Zealand to get a lot of adventure. Waitomo Caves is an attractive location that people usually visit this place if they want to get a lot of adventures that they never experienced before. Waitomo Caves is located on the North Island of New Zealand. It is 12 kilometers northwest of Te Kuiti.

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The Best Of Bali’s Food And Drink

While on your Bali Holiday trip, make sure to indulge in some delicious food and drink merrily.  Enjoy this great article.

Bali is a great place to go for pretty much any type of traveler, with various activities to make anyone happy. But among the things that are great about Bali is the wide variety of food and drinks available. Simply gastronomical!
Traditional Bali Cuisine- Some Must-Tries
When I was in Bali, obviously I made it a point to try the foods that are native to Bali and that the locals enjoy on a daily basis. One of these wonderful foods is Bebek Bututu. This dish is a specialty dish where a duck is baked in banana leaves with many different kinds of herbs and spices to form a dish that is just excitement on the tongue. It was really delicious and I thoroughly enjoyed this particular dish.
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