Best Spots to Watch Mardi Gras Parades in New Orleans

The carnival scene surrounding Mardi Gras is one of the most enchanted times to be in the city. Most of the parades that roll for Mardi Gras start uptown and meander down towards the French Quarter.

But because they often span half the length of the city, it can be difficult to know where to go.

Here are a few important things to remember: Parades are great fun, but they are also long.

Make sure that there are bathrooms nearby. One of the best ways to do this is to post up in front of a bar or restaurant along the parade route. Purchasing a cocktail or some food usually affords you the use of the facilities, which trust me, is a huge bargain.

Every Mardi Gras parade takes a slightly different route so be sure to pick up a Gambit, the local A&E paper, so you know exactly where to go.

Lee Circle

Most parades tend to pass by the only traffic circle in New Orleans. The large area around Lee Circle is perfect for getting a great spot to catch some great beads.

I like to stand in front of Bellocq, a cocktail bar that slings some of the best drinks in the city.

A luxury afforded to you by getting drinks from them is that if you’re relatively sober and nice, they will probably let you use their restroom which is something that no local takes for granted. If you’re looking for a good date idea, you won’t want to miss this.

Polymnia & St. Charles

This intersection is prime real estate along the routes of most of the big parades. This area tends to be one of the more lively spots so make sure to expect a rowdy bunch.

On the corner is the famous local beer bar, Avenue Pub. Like before, if you buy drinks from them during the parade and tip well they will let you use the facilities.

Napoleon and St. Charles

Superior Seafood is a fantastic restaurant that holds up this corner of the New Orleans parade circuit.

Look up exactly when the parade plans to roll and then arrive early to get lunch at Superior Seafood. I always try to time it so that I am paying my bill just as the first floats start to drive by.

Lafayette Square at St. Charles

There aren’t too many grandstands set for Mardi Gras but this spot is where to find the highest density of them.

Most of the stand owners will charge a small fee for enjoying the parades from higher up, but it is a price well worth paying if standing for hours fighting the crowds for beads isn’t your thing.

Tchoupitoulas and Gravier for Muses

Situated right in front of the Windsor Court Hotel is one of the best places to catch the Muses parade.

The hotel usually places a drink stand right on their front steps for easy access so that you can stay well-stocked with cocktails while you pine for some of the most coveted throws of Mardi Gras, the Muses Shoe.

Ten of the Best Hotel Wedding Venues in New Orleans For 2020

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Why would New Orleans be such an impressive place to hold a wedding?

Why, because it’s got that “laissez les bons temps rouler” attitude about it – letting the good times roll.

With its Southern charm, energetic culture, enchanting atmosphere, and its world-renowned cuisine, this here, is the place where people want to tie the knot. And for those of you who are single, read every word on this page because one of these amazing hotels was rated the #1 hookup spot for singles looking to get it on by popular adult dating app

That’s why we’re giving you some assistance and naming ten F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S venues for lifetime memories.

Here they are:

1) LaTrobes On Royal

A wedding is all up to you – whatever you want, it can be sultry, exotic, trendy, traditional – take your pick.

Everything from your ceremony to your reception can be held here, with award-winning chefs to meet all your culinary and wedding planning desires.

2) Beauregard-Keyes House and Garden

This place is just bursting with vintage New Orleans style. It’s welcoming and exquisitely preserved. The ballroom is just a magnificent and elegant space for an evening of dancing your special night away.

3) Hotel Monteleone

This hotel knows exactly how you want your New Orleans wedding to be and that is totally unique – they have the exact option to suit your needs. 

They give you all the choices that show you they cater 100% to all your wedding needs that will turn your special day into something never to be forgotten.

4) The Jaxson

They simply make all your dreams come true. At the Jaxson, you are offered beautiful surroundings at the River, excellent cuisine, and romantic times on the spacious terraces.

5) House of Blues Wedding Spot

This one is the Big Easy’s French Quarter. It’s the perfect, iconic wedding venue. If you want a non-traditional wedding, House of Blues promises one of a kind wedding.

Choose where you will say your vows – this full-service wedding venue with all in-house catering specializes in the ultimate wedding!

6) Café Amelie

This historic hideaway, named of Monaco’s first American princess, this totally romantic wedding venue in the French Quarter will steal your heart away; it’s just a sheer spacious 150-year-old courtyard featuring fountains, and lush landscaping with romantic French doors to carry you into your wedded live together forever – unforgettable memories!

7) Omni Royal Orleans

This hotel is in the French Quarters.

What you get is a magical  hotel, the ideal location to entertain your guests, real honorable traditions that have catered to many generations and a team that wants to make your day literally the best, you can sure your wedding team has done everything before, so they will be ready for you!

8) Terrell House

This is one gorgeous place, located in historic New Orleans. It’s a premier destination for a wedding – a very popular and romantic place in which to tie the knot. They invite you to test their magnificent wedding hospitality.

9) The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans

This 5-star glitzy hotel is your ultimate dream; the ultimate romantic setting for a never-to-be-forgotten wedding that most brides can only dream of.

For your wedding reception, the French Quarter Bar will capture your heart and the energy of New Orleans with views over the city from the 12th floor. Simply the Best!

10) Omni Riverfront Hotel

This contemporary elegant hotel is just perfect, allowing you to make your dreams a reality because they are there to meet your every need with their attentive service – it’s the full package, period!

If you want the newlywed games and questions visit John Simon’s blog – he lists a ton of questions for weddings and other occasions.

The Coolest Hotels In New Orleans with a Modern Spin

New Orleans might be ripe with history:

old Creole cottages, impressive Antebellum mansions, and boasting some of the most interesting architecture in all of North America.

Trade-in creaky floorboards and ghost stories for a more modern take on the Crescent City with our favorite cool hotels in New Orleans that are breathing fresh air onto the city landscape.

Holiday Inn Express

A short stroll from the French Quarter you’ll find the Holiday Inn Express in an old Lee Circle YMCA building. Expect complimentary breakfast, snazzy rooms with incredible mattresses and a party downstairs.

And as a New Orleans pet-friendly hotel, why not bring your pooch along with you to discover the Big Easy?

Ace Hotel

The ultimate queen of cool hotel chains finally sauntered into NOLA and started taking reservations in early 2016, adding another page to the city’s cool repertoire.

The palate here is dark and rich- walls are painted dark as are the linens for a dramatic effect. Rich wood and buttery dark leathers round out the sophisticated effect. 

Ace Hotel  is located in the Warehouse District, home to art galleries and bespoke cocktails galore, as well as a saunter to the French Quarter and the up and coming South Market District.

The W French Quarter

The W French Quarter is perfectly suited to its French Quarter location with its jazz-themed rooms, beautiful tree-lined courtyard with a signature W WET pool and street-facing balconies.

At a push of a button, you’ll be connected to their Whatever/Whenever service should you desire food, drink or recommendations.

SoBou, the onsite restaurant has some delicious cutting edge Louisiana soul food with self-serve wine and beer machines. Straws are on your left!

Hotel 48Lex New York: Every Room Is a VIP Club Floor Room

All Rooms Are Club Level at Hotel 48Lex New York, a Luxury Boutique Hotel

NYC is full of luxury boutique hotels like Hotel 48Lex New York. What makes this modern Midtown hotel really special is that every room has access to the club lounge — and the club lounge is like an ongoing cocktail party. 
• You don’t have to upgrade for this perk; it’s included in your rate

Hotel 48Lex New York opened in August 2011 in the Grand Central area of midtown Manhattan.

• Its name comes from its location: 48th St. and Lexington Ave.

Will You Like Hotel 48Lex New York?

The answer is probably yes if:

• You want to stay in Manhattan’s Midtown East area close to everything
• You like modern, high-tech hotels
• You seek an NYC hotel room with quintessential Manhattan views through floor-to-ceiling windows
• You like hanging out in your hotel’s lclub-level lounge, drinking cappuccino or wine
• You rely on a 24-hour gym and/or business center
• You’re traveling with your dog: Hotel 48Lex New York has a pet-friendly hotel policy

The answer is probably nope, not your style if:

• You prefer staying in a tourism hub like Times Square and the Theater District, or near Central Park, or downtown in Soho or Tribeca
• You prefer historic grand hotels to modern boutique hotels
• You prefer traditional to contemporary design and décor
• You’re like big hotels for their varied dining, kids’ activities, shops, etc.

• You like your hotel to buzz with social life into the wee hours
• You absolutely need a pool at your hotel
• You’re a smoker (the entire property is non-smoking)

Convenient Location of Hotel 48Lex New York

Hotel 48Lex New York is in the Midtown East commercial district of Manhattan, and easily accessed from LaGuardia and JFK Airports.

Cabs and buses are easy to catch on the corner, and you’re within five minutes of six subway lines’ stations.

Hotel 48Lex New York is within a 10-minute walk of:
• Grand Central Terminal
• St. Patrick’s Cathedral
• Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale’s
• Designer shops on Fifth Avenue and 57th St.
• United Nations
• Rockefeller Center
• Radio City Music Hall
• New York Public Library
• Bryant Park
• Chrysler Building
• 47th St. Diamond District

And Hotel 48Lex New York is within a 15-minute stroll of: 
• Times Square
• Theater District
• Central Park
• Empire State Building
• Bergdorf Goodman
• 24-hour Apple Store

Guest Accommodations at Hotel 48Lex New York

Hotel 48Lex New York is an airy, eye-catching, modern building. With 116 rooms, it qualifies as a boutique hotel. 
• It calls its rooms “studios,” like one-room New York apartments
• Each floor in this compact high-rise has only four studios

Best Rooms at Hotel 48Lex New York

Hotel 48Lex New Yorkoffers nine types of rooms. All have a jazzy Manhattan palette of gray, black, and white, with original artworks in the room.
• The two 23rd-floor Penthouse Suites are around 750 square feet, with kitchens and plant-filled terraces framing iconic Manhattan views
• Corner suites are 435 square feet, with a separate bedroom and sitting room
• Other room configurations feature a king bed, queen bed, or two double beds 

Amenities and Perks in All Rooms at Hotel 48Lex New York

• Wonderfully comfortable beds
• Floor-to-ceiling windows that open 
• iPod dock, iron, large safe with laptop charger
• Kitchenette with mini-fridge, microwave, coffeemaker
• Good desk and lighting
• Plenty of space for your clothes and stuff
• Robes, slippers, and premium toiletries in the bathroom
• Minibar with New York-made snacks
• WiFi is complimentary in rooms as well as in The Lounge

Dining at Hotel 48Lex New York

Lexington Brass Bar & Grill, a modern American bistro, is the hotel’s lobby-level restaurant. 
• It serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus a late-night menu, and weekend brunch (with a popular DIY Bloody Mary option)
• Room service, until midnight, is from Lexington Brass

The Hotel Modern

Of all the addresses in the city, Lee Circle is quite possibly one of New Orleans most interesting and cherished spots. The Circle is home to one of the best views of carnival as well as one of the most trafficked thoroughfares in town.

In the center of it all is The Hotel Modern which has become just as much a landmark property as The Roosevelt Hotel or The Monteleone. What The Hotel Modern lacks in capacity and age, it makes up for it in it’s a millennial approach to everything they do.

Here’s a snippet from their description of the hotel:

“The Hotel Modern New Orleans welcomes you. Upon arrival, you will be greeted with complimentary drinks in our lobby and escorted to your room just as if you were staying at a close friend’s guesthouse – there is no front desk or lengthy check in process. Our 135 comfortable rooms were designed in-house with a modern eclectic aesthetic that mirrors New Orleans’ juxtaposition of Old World charm with New World diversity.”

Just as the process is described above, it’s those little modern tweaks that really standout. It’s comfortable without being palatial, the front desk is there, but it doesn’t hit you over the head. Thankfully there was no lengthy check in and as you’ll see below, the rooms are comfortable, thoughtful, and super spacious.

The modern amenities are expected, especially based on their namesake, but it’s in the details where your stay will shine.

The bookshelf in the room was well stocked with some pretty great literature, the bathrooms were spotless and spacious as well, and the furniture was also thoughtful and well-placed.

To be honest, the coolest feature besides the view of the city and General Lee was the little metal cart that was by the bed which made eating breakfast in bed much less wobbly than ever before. The simple things right?

There are a few other things left to mention before you check out the pics. The Hotel Modern also houses one of our favorite restaurants and recent feature Tivoli & Lee (click here to read that feature), as well as award-winning lounge Bellocq (from the same great folks behind Cure).

All in all, it was a great stay and has become one of my go-to hotel recommendations.