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When visiting Nola for Mardi Gras, it’s important to make your lodging reservations early – places book up fast so we recommend reserving as early as the summer before if you hope to get a balcony or location near the French Quarter. If a hotel is not your speed, there are numerous vacation rentals throughout the districts to accommodate you, your significant other, and anyone else along for the Carnival.

Here are the 10 best hotels for Mardi Gras in New Orleans

Dauphine Orleans Hotel

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Offering an elegant ambience that’s a bit spookier than what you’ll find at the average New Orleans vacation rental, the Dauphine Orleans Hotel is just steps from Bourbon Street. It’s the ideal place to stay if you’re hoping to communicate with some ghosts during your trip. It’s the former site of a brothel — be on the lookout for ghosts of working girls and their Civil War-soldier clientele.

Bienvielle House

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Located on Decatur Street in the French Quarter, Bienvielle House is a carefully maintained historic property that’s been saved from destruction multiple times. With a boutique feel and a beautiful pool, this is a cushy place to stay during the Mardi Gras festivities. Thanks to its central location on Decatur Street, you can watch the action from your wrought-iron balcony.

Hotel Monteleone

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Family owned and operated for four generations, the Hotel Monteleone dates back to 1886, and it maintains its original feel and character thanks to consistent management. Opulent and unique, this historic New Orleans hotel has kept original details like its revolving carousel bar intact, giving you easy access to Mardi Gras events with a side of old-world elegance.

Chateau LeMoyne

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The French Quarter is the place to be for tourists during Mardi Gras, and Chateau LeMoyne offers a covetable historic hotel experience in this neighborhood. Thanks to management from the Holiday Inn, the interior of the hotel feels fresh and new while also maintaining some original details, such as the rustic brick walls.

Bourbon Orleans Hotel

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The elegant Bourbon Orleans Hotel is centrally located off of Jackson Square in the French Quarter, placing you in an ideal location to pick your experience. The debauchery of Bourbon Street isn’t too far away, but more low-key, family-friendly Mardi Gras events are also on offer closer to the riverfront.

The Whitney Hotel

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The Whitney Hotel is located in the city’s Central Business District, so it isn’t exactly in the thick of things for Mardi Gras. If you’re looking for some peace and quiet, you’ll likely see this as a plus, though, and the historic decor commemorating the hotel’s history as a bank adds extra charm.

Le Pavilion Hotel

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Le Pavilion Hotel is also located in the Central Business District, but it has something few other New Orleans hotels have: a rooftop pool. You can give beating the crowds a whole new meaning by gazing out over the Mardi Gras action from the comfort of this opulent early 19th-century hotel.

Place D’Armes Hotel

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Another haunted option, the Place D’Armes hotel occupies several buildings that date back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Located just steps away from the action of Bourbon Street, this mid-range hotel is an ideal Mardi Gras lodging option that comes with a side of historic ambience, including resident ghosts.

International House

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This posh hotel represents the third incarnation of business in this Beaux-Arts style building, which was constructed as a bank in 1906. The present-day name reflects the second institution to thrive in the building, an international business center that promoted international cooperation during World War II. Today, the International House hotel balances its historic architecture with on-trend modern details.

The Roosevelt New Orleans

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Mardi Gras travelers looking for a luxury hotel experience may want to consider the Roosevelt New Orleans, a hotel with more than 100 years of history that’s now owned and operated by the Waldorf Astoria hotel group. The Roosevelt is so close to the heart of the action that staff puts special security measures in place during Mardi Gras.