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Old 02-13-2018, 12:48 PM   #1
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I am going to New Orleans for a conference. The conference is at the Sheraton on Canal St where I will stay during the week. My wife would like to come the weekend before the conference. We have never been to New Orleans and looking for suggestions on places to stay and what to avoid. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 02-13-2018, 02:34 PM   #2
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You are going to be across Canal st from the French Quarter. You can walk there from your hotel. The Sheraton should be close to everything. I thought the WW2 museum in New Orleans was incredible. Good food everywhere. I think my favorite was Oceana in the quarter. We stayed at the Monteleone but you will need to decide if you want to stay additional days in the French Quarter with your wife. I would advise against renting a car. I think Uber is $35 from the airport to the hotel. The street cars take you into the Garden District and there are self guided walking and cemetery tours you can take or you can take an organized tour. Have fun
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Old 02-13-2018, 03:03 PM   #3
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Restaurants:

1. Brennan's
2. Cafe Maspero
3. Commander's Palace Restaurant
4. Cafe du Monde
5. Central grocery
6. Ralph & Kacoo's
7. Deanie's Seafood Restaurant
8. Court of Two Sisters Restaurant
9. Mike's on the Avenue
10. K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen
11. Galatoire's
12. Crescent City Brewhouse
13. Acme Oyster House
14. Copeland's Cheesecake Bistro

Things to See At Night:

1. Pat O'Brien's
2. Cat's Meow
3. Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville
4. Tipitina's
5. House of Blues
6. Funky Pirate
7. Bourbon Street! (Adults Only During Mardi Gras; not a law just a recommendation)
8. Harrah’s Casino

Things to See Day:

1. River Walk (closes at 6pm; leave area)
2. Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
3. Cajun Critters Swamp Tours
4. Creole Queen
5. National World War II Museum
6. French Market
7. Royal Carriages, Inc.
8. Street Car Ride
9. Audubon Zoo
10. Oak Alley Plantation
11. Haunted History Tours, Inc.
12. Gallery Bienvenu

Tip:

If asked to take a bet on someone telling you where you got your shoes at even though they weren’t there when you got’em, just say, “there on my feet!” And move on. It is a street hustle.


Here is where you can find out info on everything listed. http://www.neworleanscvb.com/
Here is what is called lagniappe:

Recommended Fishing Guides:

1. Bayou Charters ( cause he guides out of , wait for it, Hopedale LA) http://www.captaincharlie.com/
2. Bourgeois Fishing Charters (guides out of Lafitte, LA) http://neworleansfishing.com/index.html
3. Captain Phil Robichaux’s Saltwater Guide Service (also guides out of Lafitte, LA) http://www.rodnreel.com/captphil/index.asp
4. Mike Fernette (for Venice, LA) http://www.venicefishing.net/
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Old 02-13-2018, 03:05 PM   #4
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Gumbo Shop for good gumbo. Always do Cafe du Monde, evenings better than mornings. A lot slower in the evening. Pat O'Briens is over rated. If your wife likes things clean and neat, Bourbon Street is a cesspool filth. The majority of things to do in NOLA are all within walking distance of the main touristy places, French Quarter etc.
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Old 02-13-2018, 03:06 PM   #5
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I always make it by Acme Oyster House - great po-boys and oysters, and get some "boo fries".

You've gotta get some beignets and cafe ole at Cafe DuMonde.

The cemetery tours are pretty interesting.

One of the things my wife and I enjoyed the most was touring the Laura Plantation out on the river road outside of town. Incredibly interesting, sobering history in that part of the world.

Search for other threads on this same topic. Lots of us swing by NOLA.
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Old 02-13-2018, 03:14 PM   #6
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You can stay on Canal or French Quarter.. several nice hotels in the quarter we stayed in the Omni Royal Orleans. Try Acme oyster House for Oysters, stop at Cafe du Monde for beignets . Jean lafittes blacksmith bar is a cool place on Bourbon ( one of the oldest bars in the US ) pat Obriens for a hurricane or two. You can go to Jackson and see art work for sale by local artist. You can proceed south on Canal to Harrahs for some Casino action or go to the aquarium . If you go North on Canal I would not go past Rampart St that area is sketchy .
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Old 02-13-2018, 03:37 PM   #7
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This time of year rooms will be expensive due to Mardi Gras and they place will be wild. Keep your head on a swivel. Lots of crime during this time as well. My favorite place to eat is Irene's. It is down closer to Café de Monde. If your wife isn't the jealous type, bring some beads........
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Old 02-13-2018, 03:51 PM   #8
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I am going to New Orleans for a conference. The conference is at the Sheraton on Canal St where I will stay during the week. My wife would like to come the weekend before the conference. We have never been to New Orleans and looking for suggestions on places to stay and what to avoid. Any help would be appreciated.
what dates are the conference and when is wife coming to visit ?

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This time of year rooms will be expensive due to Mardi Gras and they place will be wild. Keep your head on a swivel. Lots of crime during this time as well. My favorite place to eat is Irene's. It is down closer to Café de Monde. If your wife isn't the jealous type, bring some beads........
Mardi Gras is Today as rates will be somewhat cheaper
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Old 02-13-2018, 03:59 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the info. We will be going in May.
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Old 02-13-2018, 04:13 PM   #10
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The Royal Orleans its an Omni hotel. Check it out online. Just a few blocks from St Louis Cathedral and he heart of the true French Quarter.
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Old 02-13-2018, 04:18 PM   #11
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The Royal Orleans its an Omni hotel. Check it out online. Just a few blocks from St Louis Cathedral and he heart of the true French Quarter.
This is where we stay.

I’d recommend a quick strole down Bourbon street to say you’ve done it then head over to Frenchman street for better music and less craziness.

Also, I always stop for a drink at the Carousel Bar, Sazerac Lounge and char grilled oysters at felix’s.
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Old 02-13-2018, 04:22 PM   #12
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Great authentic jazz: Preservation Music Hall. Quite the experience.

http://www.preservationhalljazzband.com
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Old 02-13-2018, 04:41 PM   #13
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Garden District is a pretty area. Bourbon, you've got to do Bourbon like others said...just to say you did. It really is pretty fun if you stay in the safe parts, but it is a stank *** area. It smells, and don't wear sandals. You don't want to get that bourbon juice on your feet. Parasol's has the greatest po boy I've ever had in my life. Razoo's is a blast if you're in the mood to party, great people watching. Drago's chargrilled oysters...life changing. Oh, and the tip about the shoe joke...just fell for it about a month ago and had some man bend down to squirt "cleaner" on my shoe which looked more like a loogie. I said no thanks and walked around with what a dime size booger looking substance on my shoe until I had enough cocktails to brave up and wipe it off. New Orleans is a fun and cultural city, great music and food. Stay safe and Enjoy!
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Old 02-13-2018, 05:11 PM   #14
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If you're going in May, you may consider checking out Jazz Fest.
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Old 02-13-2018, 05:20 PM   #15
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I went, had fun, smoked a cigar, had a few drinks, watched people puke in the streets, visited Jackson Square.

Bourbon Street stinks. Not as in it sucks, but as in it stinks. It smells like a nasty dumpster that hast been dumped in 4 months. On top of that people puking and peeing in the streets. You’ll feel like you need a bath when you leave.

The garden district was nice, Jackson Square used to be beat. I don’t think it’s there anymore though.

As far as food, I didn’t sit down anywhere that wasn’t good.

Overall, NO isn’t somewhere I’m looking to go again
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