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Garden District

New Orleans
Garden District showing flowers, a garden and a house

This green and pleasant district is an idea place for a stroll among magnificent mansions and beautiful parkland.

The Garden District has been created from the former plantation lands and is now designated a Historic Landmark District. Based on the original 1806 design by New Orleans architect Barthelemy Lafon, it encompasses lavish mansions and spectacular gardens, pretty cottages and ornately decorated villas, set amongst verdant parkland dotted with canals and fountains.

Many of the original 19th-century buildings are preserved, designed in the Greek revival style, and several of the streets are named after Greek muses. The smaller homes have been turned into delightful shops or bed-and-breakfast accommodation, while notable landmarks include the Anshe Sfard synagogue, Lafayette Cemetery No.1 and a historic skating rink now converted into a shopping mall with a difference.

George Washington Cable House commemorates one of Louisiana’s most influential writers, whose accounts of early Creole life have ensured this important era in the history of the state has been chronicled for posterity. His home on Eighth Street is now a national monument. The Commander’s Palace dates from the 1880s and has a long-standing reputation as one of the finest dining establishments in the whole of America.

Magazine Street is a haven for shopaholics, offering everything from local souvenirs and crafts, antiques and collectables to gourmet products, while stylish boutiques line St. Charles Avenue to the north. Stay in one of the charming bed and breakfasts on this fashionable avenue and wake up to the sound of traditional trams trundling past your window.

The Garden District is transformed every October by the quirky Zombiefest parade, when the undead take over the streets in a fancy-dress frenzy that channels the dark arts of Voodoo. The annual bake-off competition in July is an altogether cosier affair, showcasing the authentic taste of Southern hospitality.

Buses and trams serve the Garden District, and there is plenty of on-street parking. Take a leisurely stroll around this beautifully preserved neighbourhood, or join a tour to discover the history behind its manicured lawns and elegant facades.


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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
Fully refundable
The price is AU$174 per night from 8 Aug. to 8 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 ...
3.9/5Very Good! (2,799 reviews)
"Everything, we were right next to Burbon St which i liked, the security at the hotel outside and inside made you feel safe even the elevators were secured. The only thing I don't like it the wall are thin I could hear three next room which has 3 kids and the room across the hall they where so loud ..."

Reviewed on 27 Jul. 2021

Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter
House of Krewe1860 Victorian Garden District Home
House of Krewe1860 Victorian Garden District Home
3101 Chestnut St, New Orleans, LA
Located in Garden District, this holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of Magazine Street and Lafayette Cemetery. National World War II Museum and Mardi Gras ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (53 reviews)
Beautiful!
"We loved the property and it was a great area and just within walking distance to great food!"

Reviewed on 26 Jul. 2021

House of Krewe1860 Victorian Garden District Home
Bourbon Orleans Hotel
Bourbon Orleans Hotel
3.5 out of 5
717 Orleans St., New Orleans, LA
The price is AU$220 per night from 1 Aug. to 1 Aug.
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! (1,391 reviews)
"the hotel is still restructuring after the covid lasp. they are in process of hiring and training new employees and had just opened the bar and was planning on reopening the resturant soon. Mark Wilson general manager was especially helpful in trying to stay on top of the growing pains of reopening ..."

Reviewed on 27 Jul. 2021

Bourbon Orleans Hotel
New Orleans Marriott
New Orleans Marriott
4 out of 5
555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA
The price is AU$201 per night from 5 Aug. to 5 Aug.
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! (1,864 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
The Westin New Orleans
The Westin New Orleans
4.5 out of 5
100 Rue Iberville, New Orleans, LA
The price is AU$222 per night from 1 Aug. to 1 Aug.
Located in French Quarter, this luxury hotel is steps away from The Shops at Canal Place and Canal Street. Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and Harrah's New ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,480 reviews)
"Hotel was beautiful. Smelled so clean. Staff was so nice and helpful. Would stay here again."

Reviewed on 26 Jul. 2021

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Royal Sonesta New Orleans
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
4.5 out of 5
300 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA
The price is AU$269 per night from 2 Aug. to 2 Aug.
Located in French Quarter, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bourbon Street and Jackson Square. French Market and National World War II Museum ...
4.3/5Excellent! (2,378 reviews)
"French quarter was amazing ."

Reviewed on 28 Jul. 2021

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