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New Orleans Mardi Gras 2019 – Best Hotel Guide

New Orleans and Mardi Gras go together like shrimp and grits. In February and March, the beloved Southern city goes all out with beads flying and colourful parades. A sea of revellers adorned with purple, green and gold floods the streets of New Orleans for lively Fat Tuesday festivities. Try to find the plastic baby in a traditional king cake, and as they say in The Big Easy: “Let the good times roll!”

With over 400 million annual visitors to HotelsCombined, we’ve found the best hotels for experiencing Mardi Gras in New Orleans. These hotels are conveniently located within walking distance of all the Mardi Gras parades and street parties. They also include on-site perks, such as city views from private balconies, fine-dining restaurants and chic cocktail lounges.

Royal Sonesta New Orleans

Royal Sonesta New Orleans

Located on the world-famous Bourbon Street, Royal Sonesta New Orleans boasts charming rooms and suites with traditional gabled windows, French doors and wrought-iron balconies. Stay in the Sonesta Guest Room for a flat-screen TV, Keurig coffee maker and pillow-top mattress or upgrade to a Bourbon Balcony King for prime Mardi Gras viewing from a semi-private balcony.

Relax in the quaint courtyard or swim in the rooftop pool, then indulge in classic Creole and Cajun cuisine at Restaurant R’evolution. Start your night with seasonal cocktails at Bar R’evolution, listen to live jazz tunes at The Jazz Playhouse or catch the latest sporting events on the big screens at Le Booze.

Hotel Highlights

  • Fresh Gulf oysters and po’boys in Desire Oyster Bar.
  • The separate sitting area and private Jacuzzi in the Jacuzzi Suite.
  • Less than a 10-minute walk from Jackson Square.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 232 – USD 819
Guest Rating: 8.9
Address: 300 Bourbon Street, French Quarter, New Orleans, United States

Ace Hotel New Orleans

Ace Hotel New Orleans

Located in the Warehouse District, Ace Hotel New Orleans is known for its chic rooms with bespoke furnishings. You can enjoy a king-size bed, outdoor terrace and two-level living in the Ace Suite, while the budget-friendly Double has two double beds a fully-stocked mini bar and Smeg refrigerator.

Tuck into fresh Italian cuisine at the hotel’s signature restaurant, Josephine Estelle, or pair oysters with craft cocktails at Seaworthy. Relax poolside with panoramic city views from the rooftop garden, Alto, then dance to live music at 3 Keys. With a streetcar stop just outside, you can easily visit Harrah’s New Orleans Casino or House of Blues New Orleans, both of which are one stop away.

Hotel Highlights

  • Late night snacks and nightly entertainment in the Lobby Bar.
  • Window seats, an acoustic guitar and Music Hall turntable in the Suites.
  • The 24-hour room service and on-site coffee shop.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 242 – USD 426
Guest Rating: 8.6
Address: 600 Carondelet Street, Central Business District, Louisiana, New Orleans, United States

Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

Sheraton New Orleans Hotel is set in the French Quarter, within walking distance from the Mardi Gras action on Bourbon Street. Savour Cajun flavours at the on-site restaurant, Roux Bistro, or enjoy refreshing libations at Pelican Bar. Take advantage of the rooftop pool, sun deck and modern fitness centre.

Relax in one of the spacious pet-friendly rooms, which have plush bedding, work desks, floor-to-ceiling windows and flat-screen TVs. For extra space, stay in the Governor’s Suite, which boasts a sofa bed in its separate living room. The Presidential Suite, meanwhile, overlooks the French Quarter.

Hotel Highlights

  • A Starbucks in the lobby serving coffee and freshly-baked pastries.
  • Specialty cocktails and light bites at Pelican Bar.
  • A five-minute drive from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 405 – USD 555
Guest Rating: 8.3
Address: 500 Canal Street, Central Business District, Louisiana, New Orleans, United States

Fleur De Lis Mansion

Fleur De Lis Mansion

Dating back to 1824, Fleur De Lis Mansion is a boutique bed and breakfast with themed rooms. Experience NOLA like a local in the adults-only rooms, including the sultry Red Room with soaring ceilings and the opulent River Suite with a whirlpool tub. For mirrored ceilings, stay in the Hollywood Bungalow.

Join the complimentary wine hour at the antique wet bar in the Dining Room or kick back in the Jacuzzi at the Mansion Courtyard, which boasts hammocks and a waterfall. HotelsCombined visitors rave about the hotel’s location, as it’s within walking distance from iconic attractions, including beignets at Cafe Du Monde and local jazz at Frenchmen Street.

Hotel Highlights

  • A Mansion TV Lounge with a Jacuzzi, projection screen and surround sound.
  • A daily breakfast and private chef in the Grand Kitchen.
  • The fully-equipped outdoor kitchen, barbecue grill and outdoor seating in the courtyard.

Star Rating: 3.5*
Price: USD 155 – USD 1,840
Guest Rating: 9.1
Address: 1216 Annunciation Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

Hotel Indigo New Orleans Garden District

Hotel Indigo New Orleans Garden District

Located on St. Charles Avenue, Hotel Indigo New Orleans Garden District is situated directly on the scenic St. Charles Streetcar line and Mardi Gras parade route. Choose from bright and colourful Guest Rooms that include flat-screen TVs, desks and coffee makers or upgrade to a Suite for a separate living room, a balcony and a wet bar.

Pre-party at the hotel’s Babin Bar & Bistro, which serves local fare and creative cocktails on its outdoor patio, then step outside to explore the lively oak tree-lined Garden District. Want to watch NOLA’s most iconic music legends? Drive 25 minutes to catch a show at Tipitina’s or the Maple Leaf Bar.

Hotel Highlights

  • Views overlooking the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line at the on-site restaurant.
  • A five-minute trolley ride from The National WWII Museum.
  • A modern fitness centre with treadmills, ellipticals and weights.

Star Rating: 3.5*
Price: USD 177 – USD 1,284
Guest Rating: 9
Address: 2302 Saint Charles Ave, Garden District, New Orleans, United States

The Pontchartrain Hotel

The Pontchartrain Hotel

Nestled in the Garden District, The Pontchartrain Hotel is a landmark New Orleans hotel dating back to 1927. The 14-storey architectural gem houses a beautiful Calliope King Suite with a king-size bed, reading nook and living room with a sofa and entertainment area perfect for couples as well as a lavish Two Bedroom Suite that can accommodate large groups.

In the evening, visit the Hot Tin-Rooftop Bar to admire panoramic views of the Mississippi River and downtown New Orleans. You can also browse the extensive whiskey and beer list at Bayou Bar or sip sparkling rose in the garden patio at Jack Rose restaurant.

Hotel Highlights

  • A budget-friendly Clio King with a king-size bed, desk and flat-screen TV. 
  • Fresh blueberry muffins and breakfast Po Boy’s in the historic Silver Whistle Cafe.
  • The 1940s decor with a nod to Tennessee Williams, who lived at the hotel while writing “A Streetcar Named Desire”.

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 149 – USD 415
Guest Rating: 9.3
Address: 2031 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

Henry Howard Hotel

Henry Howard Hotel

Henry Howard Hotel is a chic hotel constructed in 1867 as a double-gallery townhouse by Henry Howard. The intimate 18-room boutique hotel boasts a King Royal Gallery room with custom antique furnishings and a walk-out balcony, while the Queen Royal has floor-to-ceiling windows. Travelling with a large group? Combine three individual guest rooms in the North Millie Wing.

Soak up the sunshine on the relaxing front porch with coffee or cocktails or watch the Mardi Gras parades roll by on the balcony patio, then visit The Parlor for “to-geaux” drinks. Don’t forget to stroll through nearby Magazine Street, famed for its shops, art galleries and historic mansions.

Hotel Highlights

  • The private three-bedroom Edward Conery Apex Suite capable of housing six guests.
  • Coffee and pastries served for breakfast in The Parlor.
  • In-room perks like fluffy down duvets, bespoke robes and cotton-terry towels.

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 342 – USD 1,037
Guest Rating: 9.1
Address: 2041 Prytania Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

Hampton Inn & Suites – New Orleans Convention Center

Hampton Inn & Suites - New Orleans Convention Center

Hampton Inn & Suites – New Orleans Convention Center is set across two towers, right across the street from the Ernest N Morial Convention Center and Riverwalk Outlet Mall. Guest Rooms include king-size beds, comfy chairs, flat-screen TVs and work desks, while suites also have small kitchens and whirlpool tubs.

Reinvigorate your muscles in the Fitness Centre or cool off with a swim in the outdoor pool. The beautifully decorated courtyard offers a quiet respite from the late-night Mardi Gras parties. Wrap up your day with a drink at the Warehouse Bar, which boasts original wood floors and high ceilings.

Hotel Highlights

  • On the Run breakfast bags for a quick, healthy meal to go.
  • A recently renovated King Studio Suite with a full kitchen and sofa bed.
  • The closest hotel to the New Orleans Cruise Ship Terminal.

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 141 – USD 164
Guest Rating: 9
Address: 1201 Convention Center Blvd., Warehouse District, New Orleans, United States

Hotel Provincial

Hotel Provincial

Hotel Provincial is a five-minute walk from Jackson Square Park, where you’ll often find an array of painters, musicians, and street performers. This family-owned hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, beloved for its tropical courtyard and sparkling pool. Start your day with sweet and savoury crepes at French Toast restaurant before indulging in Happy Hour at the on-site Ice House Bar when the sun goes down.

Pick from a collection of oversized guest rooms and suites, which feature Southern antiques and period furniture as well as flat-screen TVs, mini fridges and complimentary Wi-Fi. Upgraded rooms include mighty Mississippi River views from private balconies. Need a break from Mardi Gras? Explore the walking paths and botanical gardens at nearby New Orleans City Park.

Hotel Highlights

  • The selection of beer, wine and mixed drinks at Ice House Bar.
  • The King Cake French Toast stuffed with cinnamon cream cheese and topped with sprinkles at French Toast.
  • A 15-minute drive from the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 161 – USD 463
Guest Rating: 8.9
Address: 1024 Rue Chartres, French Quarter, New Orleans, United States

Holiday Inn Superdome

Holiday Inn Superdome

HotelsCombined visitors love the city views from Holiday Inn Superdome, as every room includes a private balcony. Guest rooms feature pillow-top mattresses and local Louisiana artwork, while one and two-bedroom suites boast wet bars, French doors and separate sitting areas.

Sunbathe at the rooftop pool, then refuel with gumbo and Southern home-style entrees at Streetcar Restaurant or treat yourself to a drink (or two) at The Clarinet. Just steps from the hotel is the Loyola Ave streetcar, while the French Quarter is only 10 minutes away on foot.

Hotel Highlights

  • Within walking distance of Mardi Gras parties and festivities on Bourbon Street.
  • A private balcony in every room.
  • Famous artwork adorning the walls, including an original Andy Warhol titled “Mick Jagger” in the lobby.

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 135 – USD 375
Guest Rating: 8.4
Address: 330 Loyola Avenue, Central Business District, Louisiana, New Orleans, United States

St. Christopher Hotel

St. Christopher Hotel

St. Christopher Hotel is a modern hotel located on Canal Street, located across the street from the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium. Budget-conscious travellers will appreciate the value of a 1 Queen or King Bed with a coffee maker, work desk and flat-screen TV, while those looking for luxury can upgrade to the Whirlpool – 2 Double Beds for an in-room whirlpool.

Satisfy your appetite with a hearty breakfast of American dishes, such as pancakes, scrambled eggs and bacon, before exploring nearby attractions or joining a haunted tour of the city. If you need to get work done, visit the on-site business centre before perusing the menu of libations at the elegant cocktail lounge.

Hotel Highlights

  • Complimentary breakfast and high-speed Wi-Fi.
  • A 24-hour front desk.
  • A laid-back cocktail lounge with drink specials.

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 170 – USD 294
Guest Rating: 8.1
Address: 114 Magazine Street, Central Business District, Louisiana, New Orleans, United States

Maison Dupuy New Orleans Hotel

Maison Dupuy New Orleans Hotel

Located in the heart of the Vieux Carre district, Maison Dupuy New Orleans Hotel is just two blocks from Bourbon Street in a quiet residential section of the French Quarter. Rooms come with flat-screen TVs, pillow-top mattresses, in-room movies and coffee makers, while the popular Deluxe King Balcony also includes a private balcony overlooking the courtyard or French Quarter.

Swim in one of the largest swimming pools in the French Quarter, then retreat to a luxury cabana with poolside service. Visit the on-site Bistreaux restaurant for all-day dining, live entertainment and people watching from floor-to-ceiling windows. The St. Louis Cathedral, one of the most significant historical landmarks in the city, is a 10-minute walk away.

Hotel Highlights

  • An outdoor swimming pool with cabanas.
  • A daily Happy Hour at the on-site restaurant with draft beer and affordable wines.
  • The two-person Jacuzzi and private courtyard in the charming two-storey Carriage House cottage.

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 380 – USD 394
Guest Rating: 8.1
Address: 1001 Rue Toulouse, French Quarter, New Orleans, United States

Le Richelieu Hotel

Le Richelieu Hotel

Less than a five-minute walk from the Beauregard-Keyes House, Le Richelieu Hotel is among the creole townhouses in the French Quarter. Its two historic buildings house 90 deluxe rooms and suites, each individually decorated and boasting refrigerators, satellite TV channels and air conditioning. For a full-size living room, skylighted foyer and steam room, upgrade to the VIP Suite.

The quaint Terrace Cafe serves breakfast and complimentary coffee, while the Terrace Lounge is open late. Visit the lush courtyard area and outdoor saltwater pool before exploring nearby attractions, such as The Maison, a famous live-music venue on Frenchmen Street.

Hotel Highlights

  • The spacious one and two-bedroom suites with separate sitting areas.
  • It’s prime Mardi Gras location only one block from Bourbon Street.
  • A 24-hour concierge to help organise tours, dinner reservations and transportation.

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 117 – USD 239
Guest Rating: 8.4
Address: 1234 Chartres Street, French Quarter, New Orleans, United States

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Experience Mardi Gras Like a Local at These Top New Orleans Hotels

A small city in Louisiana jam-packed with cultural attractions, New Orleans comes alive during its annual Mardi Gras celebrations. A mashup of colourful parades, lively street parties and an infectious spirit, Mardi Gras is one of the most captivating festivals in the United States. It’s important to select your Mardi Gras accommodation carefully to take advantage of perks like balcony views over the parades, on-site restaurants, spacious living spaces and convenient locations near the festivities.

What is your favourite Mardi Gras hotel in New Orleans? Let us know in the comments below.

Author: Charity De Souza

Born and raised in Orlando, Florida, I have been travelling with my battered backpack full-time for over a decade. My favourite travel memories include skydiving in Switzerland, wine tasting in Portugal, road tripping through Iceland, snorkelling in Indonesia and watching a sunset in the Sahara Desert.

Charity De Souza
Born and raised in Orlando, Florida, I have been travelling with my battered backpack full-time for over a decade. My favourite travel memories include skydiving in Switzerland, wine tasting in Portugal, road tripping through Iceland, snorkelling in Indonesia and watching a sunset in the Sahara Desert.
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