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One of the most colourful states in the Union, the Mississippi Delta state of Louisiana wears its richly varied heritage on its sleeve, and everywhere around are hints of the Spanish, Creole, native American, French and Cajun elements that make this state such a rich opportunity for adventurous and culturally-curious visitors. Our pick of the best places to stay in Louisiana are mainly located in the New Orleans, but we've searched out a couple of others further afield that will not disappoint.

As well as a distinct history (it belonged to France until 1803), the so-called “Pelican State” has a landscape that is unique to it, being formed out of the silt washed down from the mighty Mississippi. Its coastal areas are full of sub-tropical wetlands and swamplands that have long been rich breeding grounds of an extraordinary array of flora and fauna, waiting to be explored by boat-borne visitors.

Lousiana’s parishes (as the state’s political subdivisions are known) are full of variation and drama, whether through their dialect and patois or their variation on the distinctive Cajun-influenced dishes.

Although New Orleans is the main tourist honeypot, it is only the gateway to one of the US’s most exciting destinations, whose capital city is Baton Rouge. The Hotel Guru offers you the best places to stay in Louisiana to experience its distinctive world of attractions ranging from the world’s longest bridge (Lake Pontchartrain Causeway) to the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park to the riverboat casinos of Shreveport, and to make sure you are best positioned to enjoy Louisiana’s feast for the senses.

The best places to stay in Louisiana

For period elegance

  • Nottoway Plantation is a must for lovers of period elegance. This historic plantation house now embodies luxury and romance with its opulent interiors and four poster beds. It won't break the bank either!
  • Soniat House in the heart of New Orleans' French Quarter is a historic town house conversion with beautiful bedrooms and two leafy courtyards. And it's got all that legendary nightlife right on the doorstep.

For sheer luxury

  • The Southern Hotel in the centre of Covington is a stunning hotel. Newly renovated it offers gorgeous interiors, a fine dining restaurant, buzzing bar and pampering spa.
  • W hotels are renowned for their luxurious contemporary interiors and the W New Orleans is no exception. Interiors are cool and slick and studio suites come with their own hot tubs.

For New Orleans

We could name all our New Orleans recommendations in this section, but here's just a couple to whet your appetite!

  • International House Hotel is a period property on the outside with stylish contemporary design inside. Plus there's a spa and lively bar if you don't feel like going out!
  • Hotel Le Marais is a chic boutique hotel without the hefty price tag. You'll get smart rooms, charming courtyard garden with outdoor pool and you're right in the middle of the French Quarter.

Still not sure which to book? Browse through all our recommendations for the best places to stay in Louisiana to help you decide, or contact one of our friendly gurus for advice.

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  • Lookout Inn

    New Orleans (Louisiana)

    Townhouse located in the Bywater District of New Orleans has a saltwater pool, hot tub and BBQ for all guests. Rooms are unique and spacious with private bathrooms. Kitchen facilities available for all, and restaurants and bars are part of the districts make up. A home away from home, great spot.

    4 rooms from $99
    Great walks  -  A great stroll is to Jackson Square.
    Sights nearby  -  Crescent Park is nearby.
    Restrictions on children
    Full of character
  • Bienville House

    New Orleans

    A traditional, charming hotel in the heart of New Orleans' French quarter. Elegant pool, lavish rooms, Old World decor, four-poster beds, terraces, and hand-painted murals. Has the delicacy and character of a centuries old French Manor house. A glamourous spot in a top location.

    83 rooms from $119
    Local exploring  -  Explore the Audubon Zoo, Bourbon Street, Harrah's Casino, or Frenchman Street - all on your doorstep
    Romantic  -  Elegant iron balconies, gracious courtyard, decorative chandeliers...
    Outstanding location
    Sights nearby  -  Entergy IMAX Theatre, Audubon Zoo, St. Louis Cathedral, and more

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  • Southern Hotel


    Stylish, charming and luxurious. A newly renovated hotel in the heart of idyllic Covington. Features fine-dining, upscale bar, plunge pool, spa, and nearby nightlife. Stunning interiors with lavish, plump beds, and modern artwork and furniture showcasing the work of local artists.

    40 rooms from $169
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Full of character
    Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.

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  • Nottoway Plantation


    The magnificent mansion from an 1850's sugarcane estate. Breathtaking architecture of grand columns, enormous balconies, and a spectacular rotunda. Overlooks the Mississippi River and it's River Road. Luxurious and historic rooms, endless manicured lawns. Ideal for a traditional Southern retreat.

    40 rooms from $193
    Sights nearby  -  Well located between Baton Rouge and New Orleans and with easy access to both.
    Views  -  Views sweeping down to the Mississippi River
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool open year round
    Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.
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