WHERE TO STAY FOR A BACHELOR PARTY IN NEW ORLEANS
Where you stay in New Orleans can be almost as fun as all the things you’ll actually do in the city. Areas like the Bywater-Marigny are now some of the go-to locales for lodging, providing scenic and (relatively) quiet neighborhood respites, while both the Uptown and Mid-City neighborhoods are removed from the more touristy spots and would make sense for more seasoned New Orleans veterans. Depending on your price range and desired proximity to the action, start your search here.
Go all-out in a New Orleans classic
With its name erected in giant letters on the rooftop, it’s hard to miss this landmark establishment. Open since 1886, the Monteleone has housed all sorts of dignitaries, stars, and literary types -- its Carousel Bar (yes, it’s literal) was a favorite haunt of Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams, Eudora Welty, and William Faulkner. It costs a pretty penny, but you’ll understand why as soon as you step into the lobby.
The Roosevelt Hotel
Keep it classy, but at a modest price
Like the Monteleone, the Roosevelt is a downtown staple, and boasts its own crazy historical lounge, the Sazerac Bar -- home of the original cocktail itself. Great if your crew wants that New Orleans feel during off-hours, but also provides close proximity to the casinos down the street.
Stay sweet and simple
Perhaps because it’s supposedly haunted, but the Hotel Provincial’s prices are hard to beat for its location in the Quarter. The accommodations are nice albeit small and not over-the-top, but it’s overall a great place if you’re thinking about a longer stay in town. This spot also features a really chilled out courtyard pool. Jury’s still out on the ghosts, though.
Maison Saint Charles
Save your cash for all the town’s vices
The Maison Saint Charles isn’t located in the thick of it, but it’s still a nice place to crash, especially if you’re pinching pennies. No-nonsense rooms, but, hey, they got a hot tub and free continental breakfast. Think of this as an alternative to the chain motel options in the surrounding suburbs.
What about an Airbnb?
New Orleans has seen an explosion in short-term rental properties over the last few years, largely thanks to visitors such as yourself. A lot of these spots are great, and there’s nothing inherently wrong in wanting to book a more local stay, but the industry has been disastrous for housing costs here. Often the building owners don’t even live in New Orleans, so a local plea: Do a little background research on who’s offering the house before booking, just to make sure they ain’t screwing the rest of us.