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French Quarter New Orleans hotel, one block from Bourbon St

French Quarter New Orleans

I have a group of old friends that are living in my hometown. We get together every year at least once…for the quintessential “girls long weekend”. We have been traveling for long weekends together for years now, because we make great travel companions. Why do we make great travel partners, well in my opinion, we all love to shop, see exciting new places, try new things and we are all easy going. We are lucky there, Lisa is good at planning the trip and the excursions, I love planning the entertainment venues, the other Lisa is the foodie and Nancy…she’s the socialite! All of which makes for great travels.

On this particular trip, we were looking for somewhere where the plane ride was not to long, we wanted somewhere alive with excitement, music, and shopping, a place that was hot…because it was so cold here in Canada! But most of all we love a place with some history…aka the ghost tours!

French Quarter New Orleans, Lisa, Lisa, Nancy and Tiffany

French Quarter New Orleans, Lisa, Lisa, Nancy and Tiffany

Vacation spot we were unanimous…French Quarter New Orleans was the pick! It fulfills all of our requirements, great food, entertainment, history, shopping and some much needed heat! After much research we found the perfect hotel! It was a French Quarter Hotel, one block from famous Bourbon St. where all the entertainment is. So Hotel St. Marie won hands down, for cost, quaintness, proximity to entertainment, restaurants, shopping and the outdoor market. It has the picturesque balconies we have seen on tv and in ads, and the rooms are divine!

Hotel St. Marie, French Quarter New Orleans

Hotel St. Marie, French Quarter New Orleans

Hotel St. Marie, French Quarter New Orleans

Hotel St. Marie, French Quarter New Orleans

Hotel St. Marie even has a shady tropical courtyard, with an outdoor pool, and a shady tropical courtyard. Simple elegance of the rooms at Hotel St. Marie is regional (New Orleans) antique-style furniture, and of course air-conditioned!

Hotel St. Marie, French Quarter New Orleans "Pool"

Hotel St. Marie, French Quarter New Orleans “Pool”

Now on to the FUN!

It would not be a trip to New Orleans French Quarter without Bourbon St. As soon as we arrived in New Orleans at about 3:30 p.m. we checked into our lovely hotel, and went right off to Bourbon St. Since it was only a block away it was a quick walk. The first thing we did was go to the Famous Pat O’Brien’s. What is a trip to New Orleans without slinging back a Hurricane on Bourbon St.! So we did!

Famous Pat O’Brien’s on Bourbon St.

Famous Pat O’Brien’s on Bourbon St.

Pat O'Brien's on Bourbon St. "Hurricane"

Pat O’Brien’s on Bourbon St. “Hurricane”

Yes they are THAT BIG! You can pay $2 bucks and keep the glass…which we all did. Just not so sure what I will do with it now??

There was lots of free entertainment everywhere you went. The French Quarter is alive with musicians and interesting street action.

 

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