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What you should know about Central Business District

Beautiful old mansions and historic commercial buildings are still in abundance in today’s rather prosaically named Business District, once more romantically known as the Faubourg Ste. Marie. A prime residential quarter of New Orleans in its glorious 18th-century heyday, this eclectic neighborhood boasts a unique streetscape that’s now complemented by hi-tech skyscrapers and shopping malls. Wander past colonial landmarks in Canal Street to the storied Mississippi River, ride the iconic streetcar line, or marvel at One Shell Square, the tallest building in Louisiana.

Hotels in the Business District

Hotels in the Business District range from luxury to budget, and from historic gems adorned with photogenic authentic features to modern establishments offering state-of-the-art facilities. Splash out on a suite at the elegant Roosevelt Hotel, part of the legendary Waldorf Astoria group, where you can sip cocktails in the historic Sazerac Bar and sample fine Italian dining in the award-winning Domenica Restaurant. Bask in warm Southern hospitality and watch the streetcars rattle by at the Royal St. Charles Hotel, or opt for the convenience of the Hampton Inn, which offers budget hotel rooms in the Business District.

Things to see in the Business District

This popular quarter of downtown New Orleans is characterized by its combination of heritage attractions and modern amenities. Seek out the city’s historic roots at Gallier Hall, the former city hall built in the Neoclassical style and prized as one of New Orleans’ most important antebellum landmarks. The building takes pride of place during the annual Mardi Gras parade, when marching bands perform before its viewing galleries. Wander through Lafayette Square, the second-oldest park in New Orleans, to admire bronze statues of civic dignitaries and perhaps catch some live music. Indulge in some retail therapy in Canal Street, one of the city’s favorite shopping thoroughfares, packed with department stores, bookstores, and fashion boutiques. The Mercedes-Benz Superdome and neighboring Smoothie King Center host major sporting fixtures as well as concerts by international artists, adding an extra reason to stay in the Business District and be close to all the action!

Good for families

With its wealth of visitor attractions, it’s easy to find family-friendly hotels in the Business District. This hospitable neighborhood welcomes scores of travelers week in week out, so you’ll soon be made to feel right at home. Staying in a hotel in the Business District puts you within walking distance of popular family attractions such as the Louisiana Children’s Museum and the Mississippi River Heritage Park, where the kids can let off steam in the fresh air while the grown-ups prepare a picnic. The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk is also nearby, with a huge variety of stores to browse for bargains and a number of restaurants to sample New Orleans’ fabled cuisine.

How to get to the Business District

Whether you arrive by air via the Louis Armstrong International Airport, or by rail into Amtrak’s Union Passenger Terminal, it’s quick and easy to reach downtown New Orleans by cab or shuttle bus. Travel in the Business District is a breeze, as this central neighborhood is strategically located at the heart of the city’s public transport system. Streetcars link many of the most-visited attractions and are also a charming way to experience the area’s unique heritage. Walking and cycling are popular and healthy alternatives for getting around this easy-to-navigate neighborhood.

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