Near the French Quarter
Spanish, African, and Creole influence can be seen and felt everywhere in New Orleans, in everything from cuisine to architecture to jazz. But the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans may be the biggest and best melting pot of all, and that’s just one of the reasons why our Homewood Suites hotel is proud to be located so close to the French Quarter.
The French were first European settlers of New Orleans, leaving a mark that outlasted their rule. Many street names, for example, reflect French roots. The most famous is the Rue de Bourbon, or Bourbon Street – named not for the liquor, but for the Bourbons that ruled France in the day. Now Bourbon Street is known for restaurants and revelry, and as the place to be during Mardi Gras. We think everyone should celebrate Mardi Gras at least once. When you do, be sure to remember your Mardi Gras costume – and that our hotel is just six blocks from Bourbon Street.
Another famous French Quarter landmark is the French Market – the oldest public market in America. For more than two centuries, the Market has served as a gathering place for shoppers, traders, and goods from around the world. The French Market continues to bring diverse peoples together – for festivals, concerts, and community events, as well as the wonderful selection of fresh meats, seafood, produce, and other goods.
The French Market is also home to the original Café du Monde. This beloved coffee stand has been serving New Orleans since 1862, and is famous for its hot beignets (imagine a square donut topped with powdered sugar) and its delicious dark coffee with chicory. We recommend treating yourself to a café au lait and three beignets at the historic Decatur Street location, less than a mile from our hotel.
Like French heritage, jazz is close to the heart of New Orleans. No one knows when jazz was born, but everyone knows where: right here. In New Orleans, people of all colors mingled together, and European horn instruments mixed with African rhythms to explode into jazz. A century later, New Orleans is still a great place to hear jazz. Just off Bourbon Street, Preservation Hall serves as a monument to New Orleans jazz, honoring the old masters and introducing the sound to future generations. It’s just one of the wonderful music venues in the French Quarter.
Not every attraction in the French Quarter is historic. If you love the thrill of gambling, you’ll want to visit Harrah’s New Orleans, too. You won’t find another casino like Harrah’s; if you play poker, blackjack, or craps elsewhere in Louisiana, you’ll be on a much smaller riverboat. Inside Harrah’s, more than 100 tables and 2000 slot machines await, as well as festive touches like Mardi Gras floats and a pirate ship. And outside Harrah’s, you’ll find the excitement of the French Quarter, just a half-mile from our hotel.
After a full day exploring New Orleans, you’ll look forward to relaxing at our Homewood Suites hotel. Our spacious suites feature free Wi-Fi, fully-equipped kitchens, and 37″ flat-screen TVs. And amenities like free breakfasts, a heated pool, and well-equipped fitness room will ensure a great stay. Why not book a hotel suite near the French Quarter today?