French Quarter Hotels, like the Hotel St. Marie, feature regularly in films like "The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice" starring Noah Wyle. Located on Toulouse Street, near Bourbon, this hotel gets four stars just for style. The Hotel St. Marie hums with that classic New Orleans vibe, from her elaborate iron worked verandas, to the oversized, wooden doors and the flickering gas lamps that beckon brilliantly to visitors once the sun goes down.
This hotel is relatively new compared to other hotels owned by Valentino French Quarter hotels like the Place d'Armes and the Prince Conti Hotel. Despite her newness, the Hotel St. Marie blends into the New Orleans scenery perfectly and offers guests a luxurious place to rest outside the "party zone" on Bourbon Street. Still, it's close enough to make a great starting point for a tour down the most infamous street in the French Quarter.
Inside the hotel is an elegant pool and courtyard where guests sip cocktails and snap their fingers to the hotel's jazz offering. For a little extra, you can book a room that has a courtyard balcony. It's the perfect setting for an in-room meal.
The hotel's restaurant, Vacherie, gives guest a dining experience that is best described as sumptuous and completely Southern. Each table is formally set with crisp linens and china; it's perfect for a romantic dinner or a filling brunch before touring the area.
Just a few blocks away is Jackson Square, the Audobon Aquarium of the Americas and the famous Cafe Du Monde. Next to the Cafe is the French Market, a large venue filled with shops that sell just about anything you can image from produce to candies and even some indescribable Cajun goodies. The Farmer's Market and Jackson Square are free attractions that tourists to the area must see.
Professional, knowledgable tour companies, like the New Orleans Tour Center, offer guests a variety of exciting tours in and around the city.