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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
The price is AU$174 per night from 16 Aug. to 16 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! (2,819 reviews)
"The location was great"

Reviewed on 2 Aug. 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$236 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$187 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! (1,884 reviews)
"Very small bedrooms."

Reviewed on 2 Aug. 2021

New Orleans Marriott
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Top Bourbon Street Hotel & Accommodation Deals

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$174 per night from 16 Aug. to 16 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$236 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$187 per night from 1 Sep. to 1 Sep.
New Orleans Marriott
The Westin New Orleans
The Westin New Orleans
4.5 out of 5
100 Rue Iberville, New Orleans, LA
The price is AU$237 per night from 19 Aug. to 19 Aug.
The Westin New Orleans
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
4.5 out of 5
300 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA
The price is AU$268 per night from 8 Aug. to 8 Aug.
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
Hotel Mazarin
Hotel Mazarin
3.5 out of 5
730 Bienville St., New Orleans, LA
The price is AU$199 per night from 31 Aug. to 31 Aug.
Hotel Mazarin
Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter
Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter
4 out of 5
124 Royal St, New Orleans, LA
The price is AU$190 per night from 10 Aug. to 10 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$227 per night from 10 Aug. to 10 Aug.
Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans
The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans
5 out of 5
921 Canal St, New Orleans, LA
The price is AU$326 per night from 23 Aug. to 23 Aug.
The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans
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.