New Orleans is one of the most unique cities in the United States. People who’ve visited can’t wait to come back – people who haven’t say it’s atop their list. The eclectic city is known for round-the-clock nightlife, iconic jazz scene, and cuisine you won’t find anywhere else – a blend of French, American, and African. Whether you’re visiting during the inimitable Mardi Gras days or just any old weekend, you’ll always find a party in New Orleans and The Big Easy.
New Orleans, or NOLA, as it’s called in these parts, isn’t a particularly large city, so getting around is easy, and even just a short weekend stay is perfect for getting a feel for the vibe. If you’re a first-timer, you must visit:
- The French Quarter
- Garden District
And hey, get one of those Cajuns to take you on a swamp tour. Promise, it’s a blast! And of course, don’t forget all the food choices! You’ve got Gumbo, Jambalaya, and some crawfish to attend to! Finally, one simply doesn’t leave NOLA without having a Hurricane on the famous Bourbon Street.
So, where should you stay during your time here?
NOLA can get exceptionally hot, so it’s a good idea to stay at a hotel that has a pool. The Ace Hotel is a fantastic option, as there’s not only a pool, but a rooftop pool. It can be a party-filled place, especially on weekends – not a place for small children.
Right next to the Ace, there’s a coffee shop, Stumptown, where you can get your morning grind started, and the hotel itself has two dining establishments attached – Seaworthy Oyster Bar and a great Italian place, Josephine Estelle.
The best part about the Ace? It’s not just a place to sleep. It’s not just lodging. It’s the best place to meet and greet with the locals and really learn about this city and its people – some of the nicest you’ll ever meet!