Looking for the perfect hotel during a city trip to New Orleans? Read an honest review about our stay at Hotel Indigo New Orleans Garden District here. As a bonus also some insider tips of what to do in New Orleans.
**disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, but this does not alter the fact that I share my own honest experiences **
Dreaming of New Orleans
New Orleans the state-of-the-art southern American city, where everything is possible and allowed. Also often referred to with the short term NOLA, and known worldwide because of the Jazz music and the vibrant nightlife.
One of the many reasons besides the unique culture and stunning architecture, why New Orleans was the destination we were most looking forward to.
We were very disappointed when we heard that our plans to visit this city were almost canceled due to Hurricane Barry. Fortunately at the time of arrival it had already been settled down and moved inland.
We stayed 3 nights at the Indigo Nola Garden District hotel. First and foremost a big compliment to the staff who informed us daily by email about the weather conditions before arrival. This way we could see whether or not we should cancel our stay. Nice to know that the staff puts the safety of guests first.
Hotel Indigo New Orleans Garden District
Happy but tired we arrived at the Indigo New Orleans Garden District hotel in the middle of the gorgeous Garden District. The weather was not great yet. It was raining, but the storm had already settled.
The valet manager parked out car. We went to the hotel all packed. The interior of the lobby put an instant smile on our faces.
The contemporary, colorful design with a hint of Mardi Gras made us happy! Mardi Gras is one of the most important holidays in New Orleans. It is the American version of carnival and is celebrated here exuberantly every year. We found this to give a very pleasant vibe to the hotel
We stayed in the Mardi Gras Suite where we ended up in a very colorful interior. The Mardi Gras suite consisted of different areas such as a kitchen, living room, bedroom, bathroom and its own rooftop terrace.
This was exactly what we needed. After traveling on the road for a while and occasionally staying in small motels, it was nice to spend 3 nights in the same place. And this room offered us all the luxury that we could only dream of. We felt immediately at home and decided we should just relax in our suite that evening.
In the living room we found a welcome basket with all kinds of typical New Orleans souvenirs such as the traditional Mardi Gras beaded necklaces and as icing on the cake, some Ferrero rochers. It was as if they could read my mind, because what is better than chilling with chocolate?
The suite was very well kept and provided with everything we needed to make our stay as smooth as possible.
Of course the hotel offers different types of rooms depending on your personal wishes and budget.
The next morning we decided to extend our cozy time and order breakfast in bed via room service. This was the best plan ever. The perfect way to wake up in a good mood and prepare yourself for a day of exploring the city.
As I already mentioned, the staff is very concerned about the guests. Even before our stay, we were always informed about the weather conditions in a very professional and good way. Also during our stay we could always contact the staff with questions about the hotel or activities in and around New Orleans. They were happy to help us.
Our second evening we decided to go into town with the Uber. While waiting for our Uber, we decided to have an aperitif at the trendy bar on the ground floor of the hotel. We started talking to the bartender, who was super friendly and also loves traveling. He made us some delicious signature cocktails.
Every day we could enjoy a delicious and varied breakfast in the restaurant on the ground floor of the hotel. Lunch and dinner were also possible here.
Our last evening at the hotel Indigo New Orleans Garden District we returned home exhausted and hungry after a long day trip. It was late and had to wake up early the next day. Fortunately the restaurant was still open. We tried some local dishes. I ordered the fish specialty of the house and Jan went for the gumbo. It was so delicious!
For those who have ate just a little too much of the delicious local cuisine, there is a gym available. For us this gym came a little too late. Our entire road trip we had already surrendered to the delights of the delicious southern cuisine. So doing one fitness sesion wouldn’t have mattered.
Valet parking is available at the hotel. In New Orleans we tried to walk as much as possible, used public transport or an uber. All public parking spaces are charged, so it was better to leave our car in the parking lot of the hotel.
Of course there are many other services. You can find all of these on this website.
Hotel indigo New Orleans Garden district, the name may already reveal the location a bit, it’s located in the heart of the Garden district. In the middle of the impressive villas with their stunning architecture.
A great advantage is that the old city tram stops right in front of the hotel. This “moving” historical monument takes you all the way to the French Quarter along the various districts.
After visiting the French Quarter, I am happy that I have chosen a hotel in the Garden District. It can get quite loud at night.
What to do in the neighborhood
Strolling through Garden District
When we left our hotel we were always surprised by beautiful mansions and so much lush greenery. The Garden District is fairly extensive and we only saw a part of it. It was therefore one of our best decisions to walk through the Garden District to Magazine Street.
The walk from the hotel to Magazine Street is about a half an hour, but we did it in two hours. Every street we turned into, we were amazed all over again. So many gorgeous houses, not to mention the large, lush gardens. Now I know why this neighborhood is called the Garden District.
Closer to Magazine Street, the large mansions made way for smaller, colorful Creole houses.
Magazine street itself is a shopping street with nice boutiques, trendy bars and restaurants.
Experience the French Quarter
There is a lot to experience in the French quarter. We knew we couldn’t see everything, so we just surrendered to the city. We left the hotel without a plan and would see where we would end up.
The architecture of French Quarter
The architecture is also dazzling in this neighborhood. It’s the result of a melting pot of different cultures. We walked through the centre and past American townhouses, Creole townhouse and Creole cottages. I particularly liked those double gallery houses with typical French balconies.
In the middle of our quest in the French Quarter we discovered a super authentic bar “Jean Laffite’s Blacksmith Shop“. This bar is the oldest building in New Orleans. It was built around 1761.
Speaking about bars. Another very impressive bar that we visited was the carousel bar. Yes, you hear it right! A bar in the form of an authentic carousel. Unfortunately we weren’t able to take place at the bar on rotating platform.
There are also many cool shops, trendy bar and cozy eateries in the French Quarter.
The nightlife in Bourbon Street
last but not least, as benefits a real visit to New Orleans, we went out for a night on Bourbon street. Unfortunately we did not bring our camera, but you can still find a few snapshots in my instagram stories under Deep South trip.
Bourbon street brought me all the way back to my student days in Ghent. Because of the smell and semi-drunk people on the street, I thought I was back in the Overpoort. With of course much better music and more impressive buildings.
In a travel guide we found that we definitely had to try the strongest drink in New Orleans “the hand grenade“.
Well done and done, then. The grenade hand was easier to find than we thought, because almost every tourist walked with a typical grenade cup in their hands. We asked a few very excited travelers where we could get such a drink and they were more than happy to show us the way.
This typical drink is available in different bars of the same chain. You only once pay the full price (I think 10 USD) for a cup and afterwards you can always get your cup refilled for half the price at those bars.
I didn’t really like the taste of the hand grenade, but it was the ideal drink to feel tipsy quickly. On the website they advise you to drink around 5. I only needed 2 🙂
Saying goodbye to New Orleans and our beautiful luxurious suite at the Indigo New Orleans Garden District hotel did hurt a bit, especially headaches, but also a little heartache. Our stay was absolutely too short and I wanted to discover so much more. If I ever get the chance to return, I will definitely choose to stay at hotel Indigo New Orleans Garden District again.
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