Hotel at a Glance: Historic Streetcar Inn
Winner of TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence for two years running, the Historic Streetcar Inn sits just steps from the St. Charles streetcar line in the historic New Orleans Garden District. Guests can find a reprieve from the city in their guest room or at the inn’s relaxed inner courtyard—yet the thrills of the French Quarter are only minutes away.
- Year built: 1897
- Room amenities: cable TV and free WiFi
- Free breakfast: fresh breads, juice, and coffee
- Distance to French Quarter: 1.7 miles
New Orleans’s Garden District: Historic Neighborhood with Gorgeous Antebellum Mansions and Green Spaces
In the years before the Civil War, New Orleans was a hub of international commerce, thanks to its strategic position along the Mississippi River. This made it one of the richest cities in the country. American merchants flocked here to make their fortunes—and when they did, they built elegant neoclassical mansions with two-tiered porches supported by tall white columns.
Today, you can still see these monuments to wealth throughout the Garden District (located 2 miles west of downtown), mainly along St. Charles Avenue. The oak-lined street boasts one of the best collections of historic mansions in the south. Take a self-guided tour aboard the vintage St. Charles streetcar, which has been running for more than 150 years. It cruises through the Garden District and downtown New Orleans before reaching the French Quarter.
A few blocks south of St. Charles Avenue lies Magazine Street, the neighborhood’s main shopping and dining zone. Named for a string of 18th-century warehouses (magasins in French) designed to hold products awaiting export, the six-mile-long stretch offers some of the best antiquing in the city amid a mishmash of Greek Revival and Victorian buildings. You also might want to pay a visit one of the many green spaces and public squares for which the Garden District was named. Coliseum Square, a particularly lush spot, is lined with concrete walking trails leading to a central fountain.