Hotel at a Glance: Wyndham Garden Baronne Plaza
Housed in a renovated art-deco building one block from the French Quarter, the Wyndham Garden Baronne Plaza is perfectly positioned for an exciting New Orleans getaway. Party-centric Bourbon Street is just two blocks away, and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome is seven blocks away. Nearby bus and streetcar stops make it easy to reach other New Orleans attractions.
- Start the day right with freshly baked pastries, fruit, and coffee at PJ’s Cafe.
- Fuel up for a big night on the town at the Original City Diner, located onsite.
- In-room amenities: 32-inch flat-screen TV and free WiFi
- Break a sweat in the fully equipped fitness center.
New Orleans’s French Quarter: Let the Good Times Roll
“Stop thinking of New Orleans as the worst-organized city in the United States,” writes author Dan Baum in Nine Lives, his post-Katrina book. “Start thinking of it as the best-organized city in the Caribbean.” 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 bons temp 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.
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