Last updated on March 7th, 2017
Thinking about booking a trip to New Orleans but not sure how to find the best Bourbon Street Hotels? Whether you want to be right in the middle of the action on Bourbon street, or just a little removed so you can still be part of the fun, but not have to hear it loud and clear from your hotel room at 3am, there are some really great hotels in New Orleans that fit the bill. We’ve stayed many times in the French Quarter and have found some great affordable luxury options for you.
A Little About Bourbon Street
Bourbon Street is at the heart of the French Quarter, where much of the lively action takes place. It’s an absolute must when in New Orleans to walk down Bourbon Street and take it all in. If you haven’t been to New Orleans yet to see Bourbon Street for yourself, you really must. It’s one of those unique experiences that you really can’t have anywhere else. Whether it’s in the middle of Mardi Gras, or just a regular old Tuesday, Bourbon Street is alive with commotion and excitement.
You might think its popularity would make it impossible to find a decently priced hotel room anywhere in the vicinity, but that’s not the case. There are plenty of great hotels to choose from, and the prices aren’t all exorbitant. You will pay more for a room on or near Bourbon Street, especially one with a balcony overlooking Bourbon Street, but if you want to experience it, you can find it!
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Hotels on Bourbon Street in New Orleans
If you want to stay right in the heart of the action, there’s no better place to stay in New Orleans than right on Bourbon Street. You can take part in the party just by walking out the front door. If you planning to spend a lot of time on Bourbon Street, or the surrounding area, the convenience of being so close to everything will outweigh the cons (noise, crowds). Of course, be aware, only the truly brave should stay directly on Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras, or any time leading up to it.
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
This hotel has a fantastic location – probably the most enviable location in New Orleans – right in the middle of everything. It’s a classy place, with nice, well-designed rooms, with balconies overlooking the inner courtyard and the beautiful pool, or the street. Ask for an interior room if you think you’ll be bothered by the noise. If you’re looking for that quintessential New Orleans experience, with all the charm, great service and luxury you expect, this is the place! The hotel has two restaurants, two bars, a Jazz Playhouse, where you can grab a famous New Orleans cocktail and listen to the music every night of the week, starting at 8pm.
Four Points by Sheraton
If you’re an SPG member, you’ll be happy to hear that there’s a Four Points by Sheraton right on Bourbon Street. The location is unbeatable, and gives instant access to all the nightlife and excitement that’s going on around you. The rooms are a big small, but they are modern, comfortable, and clean. Some of the rooms have balconies that overlook both Bourbon Street and Toulouse Street, so you can be as much a part of the action as you want. Book an inner room for more quiet, but don’t worry, the hotel offers earplugs for light sleepers. To make it super easy, there’s valet parking available, as well as a restaurant and bar.
Hotel Le Marais
Though it’s technically located just off Bourbon Street, on Conti Street, Hotel Le Marais doesn’t lack anything in atmosphere or location. It’s just as prime a spot as the other Bourbon Street hotels. The hotel is a bit smaller than neighboring hotels, which gives it a more boutique, personalized feeling. The common spaces and rooms all have an appealing, modern design. The rooms are nice, decent sized, with comfortable beds. They offer complimentary wifi and breakfast, too, which is always a welcomed bonus. They have a state-of-the-art gym you can use, or on especially hot days, you can take advantage of their outdoor pool and complimentary bottled water.
Top New Orleans Hotels Near Bourbon Street
While it can be a lot of fun to stay right on Bourbon Street, I can think of a number of reasons why it might be better to stay “near” Bourbon Street instead. If you’re a light sleeper, or someone who doesn’t want to deal with constant noise, staying just off Bourbon Street provides a bit of padding from the fray. You can also escape the crowds of the main street and duck away for a bit of peace and quiet when needed.
Staying just off Bourbon Street isn’t much of a compromise, really. There are many great hotels around the French Quarter that offer convenience and value, that are all within easy walking distance of the main sights and are really close to some of the best restaurants and bars in the French Quarter.
Omni Royal New Orleans
The Omni Royal New Orleans hotel has the same southern charm as the other hotels listed above, and it’s located only a block and a half from Bourbon Street. The proximity gives you a lot of options of things to do both in the heart of the French Quarter and along the waterfront. The rooms are nicely appointed, some have balconies. The standard room is a little on the small side, even for New Orleans, so if you need a little extra space, you’ll want to a premium room. There’s a rooftop pool and a nice rooftop bar terrace to enjoy as well. Try out the Rib Room restaurant or the bar for a nice dinner or a quick meal.
Bourbon Orleans Hotel
Still in close proximity of Bourbon Street, the Bourbon Orleans Hotel is just a bit removed from the main action, but don’t think you’re too far away from the fun! Everything you need is right at your fingertips. For sightseeing, Jackson Square is just a block away and the French Market is just behind that. The hotel itself also has a lot to offer, starting with its beautiful private courtyard with heated saltwater pool. There are plenty of chairs around the pool for relaxation. All guest enjoy a free welcome cocktail at the bar and there is free wifi throughout. Breakfast and valet parking are available for an extra fee.
Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
The Sheraton is located just on the outside edge of the French Quarter. From here it’s easy to walk both directions, so you can enjoy the sights of the French Quarter, as well as the top restaurants and bars of the Central Business District. The Sheraton is also a much larger hotel than the others, giving even more flexibility in the size of the rooms and the options. There is a large lobby bar, a restaurant and a coffee shop. There’s also a rooftop pool with a pretty fantastic view. The rooms are well appointed and nicely decorated, plus they are larger than the rooms you’ll find on Bourbon Street. They also have a Club floor that includes extra amenities.
As you can see from the list of hotels in New Orleans near Bourbon Street, there are a lot of great choices that will help you have a fantastic time and not spend any extra time getting to and from the party. Have you stayed on Bourbon Street in New Orleans? We wan to hear about your favorite hotels.