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Tips for booking a hotel room during Mardi Gras

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It’s less than two months to Mardi Gras, so take this seriously: If you plan on coming to Mardi Gras in 2014 and haven’t booked a hotel room yet, do it now. If you wait to book a room any later, then you may find yourself without a place to stay. Whatever you do, you don’t want to come to New Orleans thinking that you can find a place when you get here.

If you do, we hope you enjoy sleeping in your car.

Since there have been so many questions on Facebook lately about booking a room during Mardi Gras, we decided to put this short list of tips together. We hope they help:

1 – Try to book a hotel room close to where you want to spend your time during Mardi Gras. For example, if you plan on spending all of your time on Bourbon Street, then don’t book a room in a New Orleans suburb. Yes, it may be easier to find a room in the suburbs right now for Mardi Gras, but trust us – you do not want to drive in that traffic and worry about parking. You’ll end up spending most of your time in a car when you could be celebrating.

2 – That being said, if cost is a big factor and you don’t mind risking the travel time, then we recommend booking at a hotel in Metairie , which is right outside of New Orleans. We pick Metairie as the suburb of choice because it’s close and has a lot of amenities, like restaurants and shopping. It’s also a straight shot to the French Quarter.

3 – If you want to book a hotel room in the city, but can’t find one in the area you want to hang out in, than try booking a room at a hotel that is close to a street car stop. The street car can take you within walking distance to just about anywhere you’d want to go in the city during Mardi Gras, including the French Quarter and the parade route along St. Charles Ave.

4 – Lundi Gras Day (March 3) and Fat Tuesday (March 4) are two of the most celebrated days during the season, but there will be plenty of parades and celebrations during the weekends leading up to those days. Hotel rooms are often cheaper and more abundant during those weekends, and the crowds are less heavy. In fact, some people prefer to come on these weekends to get the Mardi Gras experience without having to contend with the craziness of the full-blown celebrations on the main weekend.

We hope these tips will help you find a great place to stay during Mardi Gras. If you’d like recommendations from our staff, or are having trouble finding a place to stay, then let us know on our Facebook page. We’ll be glad to help you there!

MardiGrasNewOrleans.com also wrote a great post a couple of months ago with some specific hotel recommendations along the parade route. We recommend reading it if you’re still trying to decide where to stay.

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