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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.
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.
Best Hotels in Louisiana
Bienville House 83 rooms from $119New 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.Local exploring - Explore the Audubon Zoo, Bourbon Street, Harrah's Casino, or Frenchman Street - all on your doorstepRomantic - Elegant iron balconies, gracious courtyard, decorative chandeliers...Outstanding locationSights nearby - Entergy IMAX Theatre, Audubon Zoo, St. Louis Cathedral, and more
Hotel Maison de Ville 8 rooms from $299New Orleans
A small boutique hotel housed in an historic New Orleans house once home of Tennessee Williams. Smart rooms feature private terraces, antique furniture and lux bathrooms. A tranquil central courtyard serves as an ideal resting spot post a day exploring the lively city. Fabulous.Sights nearby - Just a short walk from St Louis Cathedral.Restrictions on children - Adult only.Full of characterRomantic - Good for couples.
Hotel Monteleone 570 rooms from $299New Orleans (Louisiana)
Family owned 1886 traditional hotel in heart of French Quarter welcomes guests with marble floors, glittering chandeliers and a chiming grandfather clock. Large, comfortable rooms with all the mod-cons. Carousel Bar revolves every 15 minutes and a popular spot in town. Perfect for local adventures.Sights nearby - St Louis Cathedral is an 18th Century architectural beauty.Romantic - Good for couples.Views - Great views from hotelOpulent
Henry Howard Hotel 17 rooms from $259New Orleans
Henry Howard Hotel is an historic 18th-century townhouse located in the Garden District of New Orleans. Chic, unfussy boutique accommodation featuring white fabrics and local artwork. Kick back with a drink in The Parlor and take in the beautiful interiors! A stylish hotel in a wonderful spot.Local exploring - The perfect spot for exploring the city, with a number of sights within a short distance of the propertySights nearby - Head over to Coliseum Square and be sure to wander down Bourbon StreetGreat walks - Wander around this energetic city getting a feel for its atmosphereLocal markets - Be sure to check out the Saint Roch marketRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet
Balcony Guest House 5 rooms from $130New Orleans (2483 Royal St)
Boutique guesthouse 10 minute walk from Washington Square. Room decor is French New Orleans style and all have access to a wraparound balcony. Wifi and private bathrooms for all, with close proximity to the great Mississippi river. A comfortable spot for local exploring and great value.Sights nearby - The proximity to the oldest part of town, the French Quarter, also makes it a great location.Great walks - Just a stones throw away from the Mississippi River.Full of character
International House Hotel 117 rooms from $230New Orleans (Louisiana)
Centrally located near the French Quarter, this hotel offers a spa break as well as a lively sport to explore the city. Rooms are modern and spacious, with all the mod-cons. A buzzy bar in-house and a wide range of restaurants at the doorstep. Louisiana Maritime Museum is one for all the family.Great walks - Jackson Square and City Park are both worth a stroll through.Sights nearby - Louisiana Maritime Museum is 250 metres away from the hotel.Lively - Hip and happening.Full of character
Fleur de Lis Mansion 9 rooms from $150New Orleans (1216 Annunciation Street)
Stylish 1824 townhouse in the Garden District, a prime location. Home away from home with nine elegant and individually decorated rooms. A Landscaped patio area includes a bubbling hot tub and BBQ, perfect for relaxing. There is a fully equipped kitchen or explore the restaurants in the area.Sights nearby - Near the Orlean's Convention Centre, French Quarter and Warehouse District!Restrictions on children - Adults only.Private Hot Tub
Nottoway Plantation 40 rooms from $193Louisiana
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.Sights nearby - Well located between Baton Rouge and New Orleans and with easy access to both.Views - Views sweeping down to the Mississippi RiverSwimming Pool - Outdoor pool open year roundHideaway - Tranquil and intimate.
Lookout Inn 4 rooms from $99New 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.Great walks - A great stroll is to Jackson Square.Sights nearby - Crescent Park is nearby.Restrictions on childrenFull of character
Jazz Quarters 10 rooms from $189New Orleans (Louisiana)
Heart of New Orleans in the French Quarter this B&B has a garden, wooden floors and fireplaces. Comfortable and homely rooms. Restaurants are within walking distance. French Quarter offering much in the way of New Orleans history, culture and live music. The cityscape is vast, happy exploring.Sights nearby - Louis Armstrong Park and Congo Square on the river.Full of characterFour poster beds - For romantics.
Audubon Cottages 7 rooms from $299New Orleans (Louisiana)
This private, quiet spot allows one to enjoy New Orleans. Rooms are contemporary and airy and come with a continental breakfast. In-room spa treatments, a saltwater pool and a fitness centre are also available. In the heart of the French Quarter, perfect spot for restaurants, jazz and history.Great walks - City Park and Jackson Square are both worth a stroll through.Sights nearby - New Orleans Jazz Museum is 150 metres away.Swimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorRecommended by - Tablet
Hotel Le Marais 66 rooms from $185New Orleans (Louisiana)
Modern and centrally located in the historical French quarter, this chic boutique property offers comfortable, contemporary rooms as well as a pool and fitness centre. Vive! Bar boasts a good wine list and signature cocktails. Perfect location both for New Orleans nightlife and sight seeing.Sights nearby - Jackson Square and many other sights make up New Orleans city.Romantic - Good for couples.Swimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor
W New Orleans 98 rooms from $335New Orleans (Louisiana)
Modern, downtown hotel near to Jackson Square and Riverwalk offers an outdoor pool and on site restaurant. Rooms have it all in the way of electricals, are luxuriously spacious and modern. Fine dining at Sobou, relaxing by the pool with a book from the library or exploring the city in close reach.GymGreat walks - With Jackson Square just around the corner.Sights nearby - New Orleans Jazz Museum is just 200m away.Private Hot Tub
Ashton's B&B 8 rooms from $209New Orleans (Louisiana)
Eight unique, antique furnished rooms in the Esplanade Ridge Historic District. The rooms are spacious with historical detailing and bathrooms. The gourmet breakfast is the perfect start for a day of exploring. Only nine blocks from the French Quarter and multiple other historical sights.Local markets - French Market is worth a visit.Sights nearby - Jackson Square is close by.Full of characterTraditional
Loft 523 18 rooms from $160New Orleans (Louisiana)
Formerly a dry store warehouse this minimalist contemporary hotel offers a bar, spa and notably vast spaces. The Lofts are light, luxurious with Italian designer bathrooms and Aveda soaps. The in house bar is buzzy and location is perfect for restaurants, New Orleans music scene and exploring.Sights nearby - Nearby, the historical French Quarter.Full of characterSpaRecommended by - Tablet
Windsor Court Hotel 316 rooms from $259New Orleans
Top New Orleans luxury hotel offers southern hospitality, spa and rooftop pool, and a great art collection. Light, airy rooms decorated in the English style, top notch service.SpaArtworksCooking classes - Food lovers and historians should head to Southern Food & Beverage Museum to learn about Southern cuisine.Sights nearby - Tours galore - from boat to walking, plantation to city - be sure to catch one of them.
Soniat House 30 rooms from $244New Orleans
Peaceful and atmospheric, these historic townhouses in the French Quarter offer quiet seclusion, elegant interior design, quite leafy courtyards, and southern charm.Local exploring - In the French Quarter, close to the National World War II Museum, the Audubon Aquarium and the New Orleans World Trade CentreFull of characterRestrictions on children - Children over the age of 10 are welcome at the hotelLocal markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - Tablet, Mr & Mrs Smith, Small Luxury Hotels
Ace Hotel 234 rooms from $249New Orleans (Louisiana)
An uber hip hotel that matches its trendy surrounds. Grown up rooms are all dark hues, clean lines and the best are provided with guitars for an evening of strumming. A roof top pool, superb restaurant (in an impressive hall) and own music venue make this an unbeatable choice.City Style - An uber trendy hotel in the hip Warehouse District complete with jazz evenings and a rooftop pool.Views - Great views from hotelLively - Hip and happening.Full of characterRecommended by - Tablet
Southern Hotel 40 rooms from $169Covington
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.Lively - Hip and happening.Full of characterLively area - In the thick of the action.Spa