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Last-Minute Revelry: You Can Still Make it to NoLa For Mardi Gras

February 23, 2009 at 5:09 PM | by | ()

Mardi Gras is about spontaneity, so we bet a few of you out there haven’t even bothered to check whether there are still hotel rooms available for you to sleep it off after all the festivities down in NoLa. It's lucky you have us to do that for you, and we’ve been looking for rooms on a budget since chances are you won’t be spending any time there anyway. Here’s what we found.

We did a quick search on our hotel rates search engine, and came up with a few options that aren’t exactly budget, but are still pretty good.

First we found a rate of $189 per night at the historic Hotel Monteleone, home of the famous Carousel Bar and rooftop pool, and which is also right in the heart of the French Quarter on Rue Royale.

For $154, you can stay at the Renaissance Arts Hotel, which is closer to the parade routes along St. Charles Ave. and Canal St., as well as walking distance to the river and the Convention Center.

If you want a front row seat on the major parades, try the Astor Crowne Plaza on Canal St. right at the border of the French Quarter for $169 a night. The property has just undergone an $11 million renovation, so the rooms should have that new bed smell.

It’s a little corporate, but the Hilton Hotel Riverside is not too far from the action, and you can still get a room for $139.

Try one of those, otherwise, you might get stuck paying $280 at a Holiday Inn for $280! Yes, we saw that rate in our search too.

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