Bourbon Street to Beignets - Insider's New Orleans favorites

Discussion created by communitymanagers on May 17, 2013

From its mouth-watering cuisine to its iconic music scene, New Orleans is a city for the senses. Stefaniesuggests indulging your sense of hearing at Fritzels Jazz Club and your sense of sight in the Garden District, home to some of the city’s best-preserved historic mansions. If you want to put your sense of taste to the test, she also recommends the New Orleans School of Cooking, located in a renovated molasses warehouse from the early 1800s. You might want to leave the cooking to the experts, though, and you’ll find a number of suggestions for everything from gumbo to beignets here, here and here. For the lowdown on the best oysters, bread pudding and more, check out this delicious read from member erc.


The National WWII Museum gets a recommendation from razorbackfan, whose last visit offered the opportunity to see the museum’s “amazing additions,” including the 4-D Beyond All Boundaries exhibit. You can also get familiar with the city through the lenses of Insiders mike929 and New Orleans, who both offer their photographic take on the city.


msybr_phototour49.jpgWhen you spend all night indulging your taste for great music, food and drinks, it’s important to have a good place to rest your head. The JW Marriott New Orleans is a top choice with Insiders including landmsmith27, who says this “awesome” hotel has “great” service. Nanaglo45 had an “excellent” stay as a Platinum Elite member, noting thefantastic views of the Mississippi River and a great spread for breakfast and evening” in the concierge lounge. “Being on the other side of the canal…yet close enough to the action” makes the JW ercs choice. “I loved the I Club downstairs,” he says, calling it a “great place for easy-going jazz [and] a beer or wine to top off the day.” Chrisf likes Shula’s in the hotel, where “the food and service were brilliant” and the portions “huge.”


The Renaissance New Orleans Pere Marquette Hotel “sets the mood for New Orleans-style fun,” says scroot, who likes this “quality lodging” because it’s “convenient and affordable” and has “a quirky, jazzy style.” It also comes highly recommended by marshallp, who says it’s “a great boutique hotel with character…and a great French restaurant.” A short walk to the French Quarter, this hotel is also a good place to save some points, he says.


If you’re simply stopping over between cities, the Fairfield Inn & Suites Kenner New Orleans Airport gets glowing reviews from regular guests including razorbackfan, who says it’s “our hotel of choice when we have an early morning flight,” and erc, who says it’s “very well run” and has a “caring staff.”

For a detailed trip report on New Orleans, check out this Concierge Corner entry; New Orleans – A Geaux-To Destination.

Special thanks to members stefanie erc razorbackfan mike929 happy landsmith27 nanaglo45 chrisf scroot and marshallp. To see one of your posts featured, we encourage you to contribute helpful tips, thoughts, experiences and insights throughout the community.