New Orleans: our beautiful hotel, the Q&C, an anti-ghost plan

When we took our plane tickets to Louisiana, we very quickly looked for a hotel for our stay in New Orleans.

We had read that it was absolutely necessary to sleep in the “French quarter”, the historic district of Nola. After hours of searching the Internet, we realized that we would not find a hotel that was not haunted in this area. What are you going to tell me about a ghost? For our part, we preferred to sleep in peace!

New Orleans

The first hotel we liked and identified was famous for its ghost of a woman in a red dress walking down the stairs and the laughter of children bursting into the night. The second is inhabited on one floor by the ghost of a father of young girls who comes to dismantle the door handles so that young men do not come to their rooms to find them. Well well well well well… The few hotels that may not be haunted – a check on haunted rooms is necessary – was frankly not to our liking.

We slept in the business district, central business district, a few blocks from the French quarter and the area was quite safe. No one was zoning (I’m not talking about ghosts, right!) We even loved our hotel, the Q & C. If you also want to book nights, the suburb of Marigny and Bywater are also close to the historic heart and you can easily walk around it. We met a rather young, bobo or trendy population.

But let’s get back to Q & C! The Queen & Crescent has been redesigned very recently. I exchanged a few emails with the hotel staff before booking to make sure that the rooms were all renovated and that there were no other hidden buildings in poor condition, as in other establishments. All the bad reviews that hang around on the web are from before the work because the Q & C is now just beautiful and perfectly to our taste!

Visible bricks, woodwork, soft bedding: we loved it. We rented a King room, the most modest room. We chose to visit Nola at the end of our stay to save on the hotel price. All prices are high in Nola and they go crazy during the festival period (almost all the time, therefore). Our budget for three nights for two: 564 €. The parking for the four days and three nights cost us the pretty sum of 75 dollars. And again, we avoided the valet….

We did not take advantage of the bar and restaurant area for breakfast, to test good addresses in the city.

If you want to visit New Orleans, I can only recommend Q & C, a very nice and clean design hotel!

Q&C Hotel and Bar344
Camp St, New Orleans, LA 70130, United States

Top 10 Things to Do in New Orleans

New Orleans has much more to offer than its parades and street parties. Here is a selection of 10 things to see and do in New Orleans, outside of its Mardi Gras carnival.

1. Jackson Square

The heart and soul of the French Quarter is of course a must. In its center, a statue of Andrew Jackson, and a beautiful heterogeneous panel of artists.

Around the square, there are three 18th century buildings: the Cabildo, an old town hall where the purchase of Louisiana was signed in 1803, the Saint-Louis Cathedral, and the presbytery.

2. Ogden Museum of Southern Art

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, with its collections of paintings, photographs and ceramics, is located in the Warehouse district of the city.

Choose Thursday at the end of the day, to have the chance to enjoy the “Ogden After Hours”, when local musicians play there.

3. City Park

Stretching from Bayou St. John to Pontchartrain Lake, City Park is one of the two largest parks in New Orleans, with nearly 500 hectares of greenery. The other park being Audubon Park in Uptown.

On the program, idleness! And for the bravest, there are many paths for walking and cycling.

4. The Po-Boys

New Orleans is also home to the famous crispy sandwiches, the Po-Boys, made from French bread, brushed with mayonnaise, with oysters or fried shrimp.

You can choose from several restaurants, such as Killer PoBoys, Johnny’s Po-Boys, or Parkway Bakery & Tavern. It’s up to you to make your own opinion… ! (they’re all good anyway.)

5. Where to have a drink in New Orleans?

Ideally, favour bars where the locals go, such as Le Cure, a high-end cocktail bar, Le French 75, or The Carousel, a renowned bar in the form of… carousel, at the Monteleone Hotel. Atmosphere guaranteed!

6. Where to listen to live music in New Orleans?

As Bourbon Street has become a little too touristy and hype, the city’s music scene has moved to Frenchmen Street in the Faubourg Marigny, a historic district, 5-10 minutes walk from Bourbon Street.

Clubs such as DBA, Snug Harbour and The Blue Nile attract jazz bands and exclusive artists. If you’re the type to eat after midnight, restaurants like The Three Muses and The Marigny Brasserie serve you until late at night, and also offer live music.

The atmosphere is bewitching and very “caliente”! To get back to your hotel or airbnb, there are plenty of taxis all night long, especially down this street.

The New Orleans Insectarium is the largest museum in North America dedicated to insects and butterflies. Visitors will learn how mosquitoes have influenced the history of New Orleans.

Also to be noted: Bug Appétit, a demonstration of local cuisine featuring insects as the main ingredient. Not to be missed!

8. Garden District

Garden District, a district of very imposing and spectacular 19th century houses, built in styles ranging from Greek Revival to Gothic. Garden District is accessible from downtown via the Saint-Charles line tramway.

Take the time to visit Lafayette Cemetery, the most photogenic necropolis on the planet. You can then make a reservation for dinner at Commander’s Palace, the famous Brennan family restaurant located in front of the tombs.

9. Street Magazine

It is along Magazine Street, from the Lower Garden District to Audubon Park, that locals prefer to window shop. The shops not to be missed are: Derby Pottery for its handmade tiles, Hemline for its local fashion flair, Dirty Coast for its T-shirts, and Mignon Faget for its unique Louisiana inspired jewellery.

10. New Orleans Streetcars

If you want to visit New Orleans in a cheap and memorable way, take one of the city’s many streetcars, it will only cost you $1.25 per person.

The green trams on the St. Charles line are heading up the city, while the red trams on the Canal Street line are heading for historic cemeteries, such as Metairie Cemetery.