Hotels in Metairie

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What you should know about Metairie

Metairie takes its name from the French word for sharecropping, reflecting its origins as a farming settlement on the fertile southern bank of Lake Pontchartrain. This eclectic, cosmopolitan district is known for its vibrant entertainment scene, with popular bars and nightclubs, excellent shopping, and some of the best restaurants in New Orleans. It’s also famous for hosting its own Mardi Gras celebrations, which are sure to impress. This quirky neighborhood offers an alternative view of the Big Easy away from the well-worn tourist trail.

Hotels in Metairie

Hotels in Metairie range from popular budget chains to upscale luxury establishments, many of them on or near Veterans Memorial Boulevard, the main highway connecting the district to downtown New Orleans. The Sheraton Metairie boasts a rooftop pool and sundeck as well as a gourmet restaurant with a Cajun-inspired menu. Best Western Plus Landmark Hotel and Suites combines one of Metairie’s most popular hotels with condo-style suites offering convenient and flexible self-catering accommodation in Metairie. The luxurious New Orleans Marriott Metairie at Lakeway offers stunning views over the city skyline and Lake Pontchartrain.

Things to see in Metairie

The picturesque area known as Old Metairie surrounds Metairie Road, the ancient route that ran along the bayou and still connects present-day Metairie with downtown New Orleans. This area is home to some of the district’s oldest buildings, as well as more recent landmarks such as the popular Lakeside Shopping Center. Lafreniere Park is the largest open space in Metairie, with lagoons, playgrounds, and a classic carousel complete with 30 prancing horses. Fat City, the district’s legendary entertainment quarter, buzzes with life round the clock. Try the famous charbroiled oysters at Drago’s Seafood Restaurant, or watch the New Orleans Saints football game in the partisan atmosphere of Pat’s Pub. Time your visit to coincide with Mardi Gras and enjoy colorful parades, free music, and King Cake parties where you can sample brightly decorated confections baked in honor of the Three Kings who brought gifts to the infant Jesus.

Good for road trippers

Metairie benefits from its location just outside the busy center of New Orleans, making it easy to travel here by car. Most hotels in Metairie provide free parking for guests, so you can leave your own vehicle in safe hands and use public transport for hassle-free sightseeing. You’ll need a car to experience one of the unique landmarks of Metairie—the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, the world’s longest highway bridge spanning almost 24 miles from shore to shore. The causeway is a busy commuter route, so avoid the rush hour if you want to make the most of this scenic trip.

How to get to Metairie

Metairie is close to Louis Armstrong International Airport, so it’s a popular stopover for visitors arriving on domestic flights from the major US hubs—check to see if your Metairie hotel offers a free shuttle, or book a private transfer for a touch of luxury. Interstate 10 runs through the district, linking it directly to the national highway network. The most convenient way to travel in Metairie itself is by cab, especially outside of normal working hours, when public transport is infrequent. Several expressways and boulevards link the district to downtown New Orleans, making it easy to explore further afield.

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