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15 Best New Orleans Hotels to Book For Mardi Gras

Many people flock to New Orleans during Mardi Gras, a unique festival that is celebrated through colorful parades, extravagant costumes, and midnight balls. From balconies on Bourbon Street to charming boutique hotels on the outskirts of the French Quarter, these top hotels on this list offer guests unforgettable ways to experience Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Eat a king cake, collect beaded necklaces and drink a hurricane this Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans Royal Sonesta New Orleans
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Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans

Located on Bourbon Street, Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans has a prime location for travelers heading to the city to party. With balconies that overlook this popular New Orleans street, you’ll be able to view all of the Mardi Gras action, like the parades, live music and of course the people. Along with a pool and a fine dining restaurant, Royal Sonesta is a top New Orleans hotel that has both the amenities and the location that continue to please Mardi Gras travelers.

Key Amenities:

  • Balconies overlooking Bourbon Street

  • Pool and courtyard

  • Fine dining restaurant

Hotel Monteleone Hotel Monteleone
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Hotel Monteleone

Hotel Monteleone is a French Quarter hotel that has been in operation since 1886, so it is safe to say that this popular New Orleans hotel is truly a New Orleans landmark. With a rich history and a great location just a block away from Bourbon Street, Hotel Monteleone offers a lot to Mardi Gras travelers. With Old World charm and suites influenced by iconic writers like Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner, a stay at this hotel is sure to be unforgettable. Make sure to grab a drink at the Carousel Bar onsite, which is the only rotating bar in the city.

Key Amenities:

  • French Quarter hotel one block from Bourbon Street

  • Historic rotating Carousel Bar

  • Old World suites influenced by iconic writers

Bourbon Orleans Hotel Bourbon Orleans Hotel
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Bourbon Orleans Hotel

Centrally located off of Jackson Square, Bourbon Orleans Hotel places guests in a great location, no matter if you want to drink on Bourbon Street or engage in family-friendly Mardi Gras events near the riverfront. From charming courtyard suites to lofts with balconies that face Bourbon Street, Bourbon Orleans Hotel is a great option for all types of travelers hoping to experience Mardi Gras. Guests should expect top-notch amenities like a saltwater pool and an onsite Creole restaurant here.

Key Amenities:

  • Courtyard suites and lofts with Bourbon Street balconies

  • Located off Jackson Square

  • Saltwater pool

International House Hotel International House Hotel
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International House Hotel

The French Quarter may be a hotspot for many Mardi Gras travelers. However, New Orleans’ Central Business District is another area of the city to consider for a Mardi Gras trip. International House Hotel, a Central Business District accommodation, is perfect for art lovers due to its well-curated art collection. This posh lodging option is home to an onsite bar, Loa, so guests don’t even need to leave to enjoy a well-crafted cocktail. With the French Quarter only two blocks away, this hotel regularly fills up fast during Mardi Gras.

Key Amenities:

  • Central Business District location near French Quarter

  • Curated art collection

  • On-site cocktail bar

The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans
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The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans

You’ll be treated like royalty when you stay at The Ritz Carlton, New Orleans. This upscale hotel is found on the outskirts of the French Quarter in a historic building. This hotel is a perfect location to experience Mardi Gras since a number of parades pass in front of the Ritz Carlton. During Mardi Gras, the hotel actually sets up a stand where guests can watch the parade while snacking on Cajun food and cocktails. Cure your Mardi Gras hangover at the full-service spa here.

Key Amenities:

  • Located on Mardi Gras parade route

  • Cajun food and cocktails provide during parade

  • Full-service spa

Henry Howard Hotel Henry Howard Hotel
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Henry Howard Hotel

Make sure to book in advance for a spot in this Garden District boutique hotel. Henry Howard Hotel operates in a historic mansion where every room is furnished with antique and vintage pieces. Some of the guest rooms here come with balconies that overlook the French Quarter. This hotel may not have all the amenities as some of the larger hotels, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in charm.

Key Amenities:

  • Garden District historic hotel

  • Balconies overlooking French Quarter

  • Parlor and courtyard

Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter
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Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter

Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter is a Marriott location that is found on Bourbon Street. A room at this hotel is perfect for party-goers and night owls. If you’re lucky enough to snag a coveted balcony room here for Mardi Gras, make sure to bring some beads to throw down to the partiers on Bourbon Street below.

Key Amenities:

  • Balconies overlooking Bourbon Street

  • Marriott location with member perks

  • Outdoor pool and courtyard

The Saint Hotel The Saint Hotel
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The Saint Hotel

Straddling the French Quarter and the Central Business District, this boutique hotel offers the best of both worlds. You’ll be able to enjoy Mardi Gras activities in the French Quarter while still getting a quiet night’s sleep after the festivities are over. The Saint Hotel draws travelers not only because of its swanky rooms but also because of its onsite rooftop bar that regularly hosts live music.

Key Amenities:

  • Located between French Quarter and Central Business District

  • Rooftop bar with live music

  • Access to Canal Street streetcar line

Hotel Mazarin Hotel Mazarin
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Hotel Mazarin

Hotel Mazarin is another swanky boutique hotel found in the French Quarter. Guests find the onsite wine and jazz bar a great place to get the party started before heading out to Mardi Gras events. If you’re hoping to cure your hangover after your night out in the French Quarter, you’ll be happy to know that Hotel Mazarin offers guests a breakfast buffet.

Key Amenities:

  • Located in French Quarter steps from Bourbon Street

  • On-site wine and jazz bar

  • Breakfast buffet offered on weekends

W New Orleans W New Orleans
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W New Orleans

Book a room at this stylish hotel that features an outdoor pool, onsite restaurant and an onsite bar. Next to Jackson Square, W New Orleans offers guests a prime location that is near a number of Mardi Gras events and the city’s most popular attractions. Being part of the Marriott franchise, rewards members can earn points while also enjoying an unforgettable Mardi Gras experience when they stay here.

Key Amenities:

  • Located near Mardi Gras events in Jackson Square

  • Outdoor courtyard pool

  • On-site restaurant and bar

The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel
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The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel

In operation since 1893, this historic hotel has been restored to highlight the original architecture while also including modern amenities. Mosaic tile floors and handmade details truly make this hotel one-of-a-kind. However, the antique details aren’t the only things that keep guests booking a stay; The Roosevelt New Orleans is also home to a rooftop pool and a spa.

Key Amenities:

  • Restored historic hotel with modern amenities

  • Located one block from French Quarter

  • Rooftop pool and spa

Ace Hotel Ace Hotel New Orleans
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Ace Hotel

This Warehouse District hotel has tons of entertainment and flair, including its own on-site music venue and an art deco vibe. The Ace Hotel is just a short walk from Mardi Gras parade routes and the French Quarter but gives you a uniquely New Orleans experience off of Bourbon Street. The rooftop bar and garden are particularly popular, as are the award-winning on-site restaurants and craft cocktail bar.

Key Amenities:

  • Warehouse District location near parade routes

  • On-site music venue

  • Rooftop bar and garden

Hotel Provincial Hotel Provincial New Orleans
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Hotel Provincial

Tucked away in the private, residential section of the French Quarter is Hotel Provincial. This secluded, intimate hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is perfect for a peaceful night’s rest while still being close to all the Mardi Gras street parties. Take advantage of the happy hour specials at the Ice House Bar next to the lobby – an homage to the French Market Ice House originally located on the property, or soak up some sun at the pool and courtyard. If you plan on bringing the kids, guests have also noted Hotel Provincial has a family-friendly atmosphere.

Key Amenities:

  • Secluded historic hotel in residential French Quarter

  • On-site bar with happy hour specials

  • Pool and courtyard

Prince Conti Hotel Prince Conti Hotel New Orleans
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Prince Conti Hotel

Another historic French Quarter pick, the Prince Conti Hotel, is described as an “oasis” away from the Bourbon Street partying (but only by a block!) The on-site bar and restaurant has nightly live music and a large selection of martinis to try. Interior rooms in this 1900s renovated townhouse provide a quieter stay, and some rooms even have opulent touches like exposed brick and rich crown moldings.

Key Amenities:

  • French Quarter location one block from Bourbon Street

  • On-site bar and restaurant

  • Nightly live music

The Pontchartrain Hotel The Pontchartrain Hotel New Orleans
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The Pontchartrain Hotel

A Garden District staple, the Pontchartrain Hotel is a historic luxury hotel with a 1920s vibe and modern creature comforts. Partygoers have access to the St. Charles Streetcar that quickly transports them to Bourbon Street and the Mardi Gras parade route goes right by the hotel’s front steps. Even locals enjoy the rooftop lounge with stellar views of the French Quarter and the numerous on-site restaurants.

Key Amenities:

  • Garden District location on Mardi Gras parade route

  • Access to St. Charles Streetcar line

  • Rooftop lounge with city views

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