Seven New Orleans hotels with amazing history

February 10, 2015 4:40 PM

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Seven New Orleans hotels with amazing history

Mardi Gras is one of the most storied, celebrated and wild holidays in the world, and nowhere in the world does it prouder than New Orleans. The official start date is, of course, Fat Tuesday (Feb. 17 this year), but parades in the city had already begun as of Feb. 6 and, at this point, you'll be hard-pressed to find a vacant hotel room. In honor of the celebration's rich NOLA history -- Mardi Gras has been a part of New Orleans culture since the 1730s, and its Carnival was first referenced in 1781 -- we're taking a tour of seven historic New Orleans hotels that have rich and storied pasts.

This grand, historic hotel is located just behind St. Louis Cathedral in the French Quarter, giving guests the option of a raunchy walk down Bourbon Street, or an elegant afternoon in Royal Street galleries. The hotel nimbly straddles both worlds, and maybe the afterworld as well -- ask the bartende...

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