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Holidays in Bourbon Street

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The birthplace of jazz is a vibrant city boulevard where the history and music of New Orleans comes to life.

Located in the middle of the French Quarter, the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans, Bourbon Street saw the growth of jazz as a new and individual music genre. It was here in the early 1900s that local musicians such as Jelly Roll Morton and King Oliver experimented and developed a sound now known as jazz. Off-beat and full of energy, Bourbon Street has come to embody the qualities this music is famous for the world over.

It’s said that “what happens on Bourbon Street stays on Bourbon Street” and it's not unusual to see people from all walks of life letting their hair down here. Walk along the eight upper blocks and witness a party scene every night of the week. This is the area most popular with tourists and is also where most of the strip clubs are located.

Bourbon Street is not the ideal place for a family outing or a quiet and romantic dinner for two, but if you're out for a good time you will not be disappointed. Grab a cocktail, a bite to eat and then dance the night away at a variety of clubs, most of which feature live music. The area can get quite rowdy late at night but there are plenty of security guards around and police patrolling the streets to keep the partying in check.

One of the unique things about the French Quarter is that it's legal to drink alcohol on the street from an open plastic cup. Most bars will provide a "go cup" so you can take your drink with you and stroll amidst the fun. Some establishments even allow you to enter with your go cup from another bar.

Bourbon Street has changed over the last few decades, with brothels closing down and bars and restaurants opening in their place. However, it still retains much of its dramatic 18th-century architecture, along with a few century-old restaurants and the oldest gay bar in the country.

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3109 Cheap Hotels Near Bourbon Street

Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter
Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter
4.5 out of 5
739 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA
Fully refundable
The price is AU$175 per night from 9 Aug. to 9 Aug.
Located in French Quarter, this luxury hotel is steps away from Canal Street, Bourbon Street and Royal Street. Decatur Street and Saenger Theatre are also within ...
3.9/5Good! (2,803 reviews)
"I didn't realize how close to Bourbon Street this hotel is and it was very noisy at night. It is on a busy area of canal Street and I was surprised at the number of people hanging out around the outside hotel as well as the number of homeless people sleeping on the street so close to the hotel."

Reviewed on 30 Jul. 2021

Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter
Bourbon Orleans Hotel
Bourbon Orleans Hotel
3.5 out of 5
717 Orleans St., New Orleans, LA
The price is AU$237 per night from 1 Sep. to 1 Sep.
Located in French Quarter, this historic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Jackson Square, Cafe Du Monde and French Market. Canal Street and National World ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,400 reviews)
"The fact that it was right behind the Saint Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square was great, however the property was on the corner of Bourbon and Orleans streets. Walking distance to all the French Quarter, Riverfront attractions, Cafe Du Monde, Restaurants, shops, etc. Overall, a great location for ..."

Reviewed on 1 Aug. 2021

Bourbon Orleans Hotel
New Orleans Marriott
New Orleans Marriott
4 out of 5
555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA
The price is AU$188 per night from 1 Sep. to 1 Sep.
Located in French Quarter, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Canal Street and Jackson Square. Cafe Du Monde and French Market are also within 15 minutes. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,868 reviews)
"The elevator floor selection and the way it told you which one to get on was unique and seemed to work well. It did seem like everyone was booked in the same tower and the wait for the elevator took a long time sometimes. The pantry area was really great. An upgrade to the shower/tubs would be the ..."

Reviewed on 27 Jul. 2021

New Orleans Marriott
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter
Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter
4.5 out of 5
739 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA
The price is AU$175 per night from 9 Aug. to 9 Aug.
Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter
Bourbon Orleans Hotel
Bourbon Orleans Hotel
3.5 out of 5
717 Orleans St., New Orleans, LA
The price is AU$237 per night from 1 Sep. to 1 Sep.
Bourbon Orleans Hotel
New Orleans Marriott
New Orleans Marriott
4 out of 5
555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA
The price is AU$188 per night from 1 Sep. to 1 Sep.
New Orleans Marriott
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
4.5 out of 5
300 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA
The price is AU$270 per night from 8 Aug. to 8 Aug.
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
The Westin New Orleans
The Westin New Orleans
4.5 out of 5
100 Rue Iberville, New Orleans, LA
The price is AU$223 per night from 23 Aug. to 23 Aug.
The Westin New Orleans
Hotel Mazarin
Hotel Mazarin
3.5 out of 5
730 Bienville St., New Orleans, LA
The price is AU$201 per night from 25 Aug. to 25 Aug.
Hotel Mazarin
Le Méridien New Orleans
Le Méridien New Orleans
4 out of 5
333 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA
The price is AU$190 per night from 16 Aug. to 16 Aug.
Le Méridien New Orleans
Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter
Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter
4 out of 5
124 Royal St, New Orleans, LA
The price is AU$191 per night from 3 Aug. to 3 Aug.
Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter
Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
4 out of 5
621 Saint Louis St, New Orleans, LA
The price is AU$229 per night from 4 Aug. to 4 Aug.
Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.