If you want to experience New Orleans like a local, book a hotel in the Garden District on or near St. Charles Avenue. The French Quarter is a hub of activity and nightlife for most visitors year-round, particularly during Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest, but the Garden District and Uptown are local havens for families and locals.
When you’re coming to New Orleans to explore the city, check out hotels in New Orleans along St. Charles Ave. During the day, you can ride the St. Charles Ave. streetcar and explore the city from Carrollton St. Uptown to Canal St. at the edge of the French Quarter. If you book a room at the Avenue Plaza Resort, the St. Charles Inn (Best Western Plus), the Clarion Grand Boutique Hotel, or the Maison St. Charles Quality Inn & Suites, you’ll be right on the streetcar line – the perfect location for easy travel during the day. For a real Southern feel, there are also quaint bed and breakfasts in this area.
If you’d like to be in the heart of the Garden District, book a room in one of the New Orleans hotels along Prytania Street. Located between St. Charles Ave. and Magazine St., these Garden District hotels offer easy access to shopping, restaurants, and bars along famous Magazine St. The Magazine St. bus is a great mode of transportation to get to and from Downtown. It takes you from Canal Street to Audubon Park and everywhere along the way safely and conveniently. Garden District hotels include The Prytania Park Hotel, The Queen Anne Hotel, or the The Prytania Oaks Hotel. Round out your vacation with a trip the Audubon Zoo or a 18 holes of golf in the center of Audubon Park. See the live oaks and enjoy the park in some of New Orleans’ most pleasant weather.
Uptown and the Garden District are known for landmark cemeteries, historic mansions and sweeping oak trees, but these neighborhoods are also filled with great local bars and music venues to explore when you’re in town. Tipitina’s is an iconic bar that plays a mix of genres – from bluegrass and blues to New Orleans funk and brass band. You can also listen to local favorites playing at clubs like Le Bon Temps Roule on Magazine and the Maple Leaf Bar on Oak Street.
Some of the best restaurants in the city are also located Uptown, including Patois, Boucherie, Clancy’s, Coquette, Lilette and La Petite Grocery. If you’re interested in exploring the food culture, make your reservations just after the parades have passed for a long evening of inventive cocktails and simply delicious food.
New Orleans hotels in the Garden District and Uptown area are great for those visitors looking to experience New Orleans a little more like a local.