Hotel at a Glance: La Galerie Hotel
When you walk inside La Galerie Hotel, you’re greeted by a bright, airy aesthetic that creates an overwhelming sense of calm. White walls gleam, allowing the colorful artworks that adorn them to pop. Exposed brick and rustic wood floors add character without cluttering the space. The scene is so serene, you’ll almost forget you’re just three short blocks from all the action on Bourbon Street.
- Jackson Square: Shop for local art and enjoy the fresh air at this popular square (8-minute walk away).
- Grab a bite at the onsite restaurant, or make your way to any of the dozen or so restaurants in the area.
- Stay connected with your room’s free WiFi.
New Orleans’s French Quarter: Let the Good Times Roll
“Stop thinking of New Orleans as the worst-organized city in the United States,” writes author Dan Baum in Nine Lives, his post-Katrina book. “Start thinking of it as the best-organized city in the Caribbean.” Some folks think there is something distinctly foreign about New Orleans, a place where people’s priorities seem inclined toward enjoying life and relishing the moment at hand. Nothing says it better than the town’s unofficial Cajun creed: “Laissez les bons temps rouler,” or “Let the good times roll.”
Historical buildings with intricate wrought-iron balconies line the narrow streets of New Orleans’s French Quarter. Here, street musicians often fill the air with jazz music, their trombones and tubas swinging back and forth. Just off the Jackson Square park and near the towering St. Louis Cathedral, the legendary Café Du Monde serves beignets under heaping piles of powdered sugar. The nearby Frenchmen Street, just north of the Quarter, provides a slightly less touristy taste of New Orleans nightlife. Some of the city’s most popular live jazz and blues bars dominate this historic two-block district, with each venue hosting world-class musicians nearly every night of the week. And then there’s Bourbon Street, where neon lights advertise frozen cocktails and crowds gather along 13 city blocks.