Hotel at a Glance: AAA Four-Diamond Omni Royal Crescent Hotel
Tucked within New Orleans’ Arts District’s galleries and restaurants, the Omni is a two block walk from the famed French Quarter.
- DIY tours: at an additional cost, the hotel offers wine and self-guided tours of the NOLA Arts District or passes for streetcar rides and the WWII museum
- Order’s up at Dress It, the onsite gourmet burger restaurant
- Something for the kids: little ones receive a backpack filled with games at check-in.
- Shuffle up and deal at Harrah’s Casino, which is less than a mile down the road.
New Orleans’s French Quarter: Let the Good Times Roll
Some folks think there is something distinctly foreign about New Orleans, a place where people’s priorities seem inclined toward enjoying life and relishing the moment at hand. Nothing says it better than the town’s unofficial Cajun creed: “Laissez les bon temps rouler,” or “Let the good times roll.”
Historical buildings with intricate wrought-iron balconies line the narrow streets of New Orleans’s French Quarter. Here, street musicians often fill the air with jazz music, their trombones and tubas swinging back and forth. Just off the Jackson Square park and near the towering St. Louis Cathedral, the legendary Café Du Monde serves beignets under heaping piles of powdered sugar, as well as cups of iced or steaming café au lait.
And then there’s Bourbon Street, where neon lights advertise frozen cocktails and gaudy strip clubs and crowds gather along 13 city blocks. The nearby Frenchmen Street, just north of the Quarter, provides a slightly less touristy taste of New Orleans nightlife. Some of the city’s most popular live jazz and blues bars dominate this historic two-block district, with each venue hosting world-class musicians nearly every night of the week. Jazz fills the air at the Spotted Cat Music Club, where a sign warns that both drinks and drunks are barred from the piano—but like all rules in New Orleans, it’s one that’s bound to get bent from time to time.