Mardi Gras day is almost here and we can’t wait! However, if you haven’t reserved your room yet, you still have time to make last minute plans. A few of our favorites have rooms available—but hurry because we can’t guarantee they’ll be available long!
The French Quarter (a.k.a., the Vieux Carré) is the best-known neighborhood in New Orleans. Enjoy easy access to some of the best music and food the city has to offer. (See French Quarter Restaurants.) Although no major float parades ride through the Quarter, it's a non-stop party during Carnival and you can watch the parades on Canal Street or hop on the St. Charles Streetcar Line for easy access. (Be sure to check times because the streetcars stop running up to two hours before a parade begins and begin their route after the parades end).
Maison Dupuy: If you haven't seen the couryard at the Maison Dupuy, you've haven't been to New Orleans. This unique boutique is a slice of tranquility just steps Bourbon Street. Bistreaux restaurant, located inside the hotel, is a must-experience as well.
Availability during Mardi Gras season: Amazingly enough, Maison Dupuy has a few rooms left from Sunday, February 23 through Fat Tuesday, February 25. Book NOW!
Hotel Provincial: Tucked away in the French Quarter, you’ll feel like you’re in another world when you stay at Hotel Provincial. The luxurious boutique hotel features a secluded courtyard with salt water pools and a European fountain, periodic décor, and balconies overlooking the pathway.
Availability during Mardi Gras season: This historic gem still has rooms available. Book NOW!
905 Royal: You couldn't find a more central location for French Quarter Mardi Gras fun than 905 Royal. This charming European-style hotel was built in the 1890s and features 7 rooms and 3 suites with balconies overlooking Royal Street.
Availability during Mardi Gras season: This Carnival season, book a 2-bedroom balcony suite with one bathroom and a kitchen for 2-4 people for $500 per night. (Minimum 4-5 night stay required.) Book NOW!
One of the loveliest neighhoods in the South is right here in New Orleans. Majestic live oaks, grand mansions, world-famous restaurants like Commander's Palace, Pascal's Manale and more await. These hotels are all within walking to the parades on St. Charles Avenue.
The Prytania Park: This cozy guest house is just one block from the St. Charles parade route! It features 49 contemporary rooms and 13 historic Victoria-style rooms. Stay and play your way!
Availability during Mardi Gras season: Lucky you! Rooms are still available at The Prytania Park between February 18-25. Book NOW!
The Prytania Oaks: Come stay at this sweet boutique in a mid-1800s Victorian double gallery house with a 2006 addition. It's located close to the Arts/Warehouse District, close to the parade route.
Availability during Mardi Gras season: Rooms are available at The Prytannia Oaks between February 18-25. Adults only. Book NOW!
The Queen Anne Hotel: Opulence awaits at the Queen Anne Hotel, where the grandeur of a Garden District mansion awaits, just steps from the parade route.
Availability during Mardi Gras season: The Queen Anne still has some availability from February 18-25. Adults only. Book NOW!
Central Business District
Getting around during Mardi Gras can be tricky, so we recommend staying within walking distance of the parades or a short streetcar ride away— the Central Business District offers just that. It’s centrally located between the Convention Center and French Quarter with easy access to major New Orleans attractions. Bonus: You can also walk to the parade route! If you want to catch the parade at the beginning of the route, hop on the streetcar—it’s just a short ride.
Holiday Inn Superdome: The Holiday Inn Superdome offers a little something for everyone, just minutes from Mardi Gras excitement. The hotel offers everything you've come to expect from Holiday Inn with a glorious rooftop pool with stunning views of the city). You'll also enjoy onsite dining courtesy the Streetcar Restaurant.
Availability during Mardi Gras season: The hotel is offering a special package that includes a balcony room overlooking Loyola Avenue where Endymion and Zulu will pass this year. It also includes breakfast for two and two cocktails upon arrival. Use booing coes ISHD1 and ISHD2. Book NOW!
The Pelham Hotel: This historic landmark is on the site of former plantation of New Orleans' founder Jean Baptiste LeMoyne Bienville. It features 60 guestrooms with grand 18-foot ceilings, original old brick walls, crown molding and 10-foot-tall windows. It's an easy walk to both Canal Street and St. Charles Avenue downtown for parades.
Availability during Mardi Gras season: Rooms are still available for Carnival! Book NOW!
Best Western Plus St. Christopher: Designed by famous architects Sully and Toledano, this 19th-century luxury boutique hotel offers both historic charm and all the modern conveniences you'd expect from a Best Western Plus. Located at the foot of Magazine Street on the edge of the French Quarter, the St. Christopher offers convenient access to the downtown parade route, French Quarter fun and everything you love about New Orleans.
Availability during Mardi Gras season: This lovely hotel still has a few rooms available during Carnival but they won't last long. Book NOW!
HI New Orleans Hostel: This brand-spanking new hostel across the street from the French Quarter is the ideal spot to stay for the Canal Street parades. If your kids or grandkids are bringing home a bunch of friends from college, don't blow up the air mattress – book a room for the overflow here. Their new restaurant TaCreole will be serving during the parades as well. This is street fare at it's best.
Availability during Mardi Gras season: HI New Orleans has availability on February 14, 21 and 22. Book NOW!
If you want to take in few parades this Mardi Gras but would rather avoid the crowd in New Orleans, consider booking a room in Plantation Country, just 1 1/2 hours from the city. Come into New Orleans for the day or experience Carnival in Cajun Country or Baton Rouge.
The Inn at Houmas House Plantation and Gardens: Experience Mardi Gras like a wealthy sugar baron from the Inn at Houmas House, a collection of charming cottages nestled along an alley of acient oaks, surrounded by lush gardens.
Availability during Mardi Gras season: The Inn at Houmas House has availability during Carnival and looks forward to welcoming you. Book NOW!
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