New Orleans has many distinct neighborhoods. Here is a
brief description of the areas that are nearest to the Southern
Decadence events and activities.
The French Quarter
The heart and soul of New Orleans, and "ground zero"
for Gay New Orleans. The Vieux Carre, or "Old Square," is one of the
most remarkable locations in the country ... a living historical
monument. The French Quarter is a true "city within a city." It is
possible to live, work and play totally within the French Quarter ...
and many people do just that. With everything that you need within
walking distance, many French Quarter residents do not own cars. The
French Quarter is without a doubt the best and most popular place to
The Central Business District
This is downtown New Orleans, and is adjacent to the
French Quarter. Many of the major hotel chains are located here, and
some even border directly on the French Quarter. If you prefer a
large hotel with all of the usual amenities, this area could be your
best choice. Hotel room rates in the CBD are generally a bit lower
than in the French Quarter.
Also located adjacent to the French Quarter, this is a
mostly residential neighborhood with a number of trendy restaurants,
coffee houses and predominantly straight nightclubs. There are
several guest houses in this area, but no large hotels. It is a
neighborhood of choice for artists of all sorts. And should you find
yourself walking through The Marigny, be aware that this area is known
as "the maze of New Orleans." It is comprised of streets that form
triangles, pentagons and squares set at 45-degree angles. Numbers
jump their sequence mid-block, and so do street names.
Most activities would be a long walk or a short
cab ride from The Marigny.
The Garden District
Located towards uptown New Orleans, just off of St.
Charles Avenue and the "Streetcar" line. This is a beautiful,
predominantly residential area that possesses some the finest
architecture in New Orleans. Consider the Garden District if you
prefer accommodations in an area with European flair that doesn't have
all of the hustle and bustle
of the French Quarter.
The Warehouse District
Located between the Central Business District and The
Garden District, this is a now-thriving commercial and residential
area. A part of town that was once filled with run-down commercial
warehouses has been converted into art galleries, businesses, hotels,
residential complexes and restaurants. Festivities are a short cab
ride from this area.