This hotel with a 24-hour IHOP restaurant is about a 20-minute drive from the bars, eateries, and jazz clubs of New Orleans’s French Quarter
Hotel at a Glance: Ramada by Wyndham Metairie New Orleans Airport
The French Quarter’s jazz-filled streets are only several miles from this quiet hotel, located in Metairie. When you’re not out drinking, dancing, and shopping in New Orleans, you can kick your feet up in your comfortable guest room while making use of the complimentary WiFi.
- Enjoy classic American fare 24 hours a day at the onsite IHOP. Indulge in sweet pancakes and waffles or feast on savory burgers and sandwiches.
- Feel the burn while working out at the hotel’s fitness center.
- Go for a stroll in nearby Lafreniere Park; its picturesque marshes and gardens are bisected by a 2-mile jogging trail.
- Kick start your day with complimentary continental breakfast.
- Cool off at the outdoor pool.
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.