First time to New Orleans

Old Oct 9th, 2007, 01:41 PM
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First time to New Orleans

Hello everyone. My boyfriend and I (both 26) will be visiting New Orleans the first weekend in Novemeber. We would LOVE some information on hotel recommendations as we are clueless. We want to be close to as much music and food as possible. Should we concerned about certain areas as far as safety goes? Is there anything we really should not miss. we'll be in town for three days and 3 nights. I'll look at the other posts on this topic too but any thoughts you have would be appreciated! Thank you.
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Old Oct 9th, 2007, 02:30 PM
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If you want to be close to "music and food" you will probably want to stay in the French Quarter, near the main tourist areas of Bourbon and Royal, and not far from Jackson Square. There are a lot of hotel choices, so it depends on your price range. The Royal Sonesta, Monteleone and Prince Conti are popular.
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We love the Royal Sonesta, especially if you can snag a corner room overlooking the pool/patio area. I wouldn't get a room on the Bourbon Street side - they're noisy and most are very small.

Don't miss Preservation Hall!
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Definitely stay in the French Quarter. Regarding safety - pretty much all of the FQ is pretty much fine, with normal precautions about dark, deserted streets, walking alone at night, being aware of your surroundings, etc.

We stayed at the Place d' Armes on St Ann in June and really liked it. The hotel is made up of several historic townhouses around a courtyard - we had a room with a balcony overlooking St. Ann, which was great for hanging out with our coffee, planning our days, and relaxing when we got back to the hotel. The location is great - right off Jackson Square, block from the river, a couple short blocks from all the happenings on Bourbon St, but far enough away for some quiet.

As for what not to miss - there are so many cool things, it is hard to say. What are your interests? That may help narrow things down a bit
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for things to do, please read Frommers.com info on New Orleans first. They even have suggested itineraries. It's online and free. Print and take it with you if you want.
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