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New Orleans - CBD area safe?

Old Apr 3, 18, 7:57 pm
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New Orleans - CBD area safe?

Looking to make a quick trip to Nola and wanted to know if CBD would be a good area to stay. On my last trip (many years ago), I stayed in Marriott CY near FQ district.... and that felt like a pretty good location. However, veering a little away from the neighborhood especially at night got a bit creepy. So just wanted to check with fellow FTers if there are any recommendations.... We will mostly be hanging around French Quarter and maybe renting for day trip to Barataria Preserve and wildlife refuge. For the stay, I am eyeing the newly opened Eliza Jane by Hyatt. I believe it used to be a Comfort Inn. Unfortunately the property is too new to have any reviews or even a thread at FT.

My second option would be the Hyatt Centric in FQ however, I am a bit wary of the late night and early morning noise (from bar goers and trash pickups).

Would much appreciate some thoughts/comments.
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Old Apr 3, 18, 9:12 pm
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It's amazing how many new or rebranded hotels there are here in the last few years. I never heard of Eliza Jane, had to look it up. Seems it was previously a Country Inn & Suites (not a Comfort), I stayed there once several years back and got a room I hated, no exterior window, just one facing an interior hallway and a loud atrium off the lobby.

But as far as safety - the CBD is pretty big. The areas closer to the Superdome can be empty and a bit unsettling at night, but the areas nearer to the river, like Magazine St where the Eliza Jane is, are probably as safe as anywhere. Use your judgement, stay aware, don't stumble home alone and drunk, and you should be fine.

I stayed at the Hyatt FQ once for a very busy weekend (French Quarter Fest) and don't remember any noise problems, but again, room selection may have been key to that.
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Old Apr 5, 18, 2:02 am
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I stayed at that property for three nights last year when it was a Country Inn & Suites. The room was fine, the staff was exceptionally friendly, and the location is great. I think itís a better location than the Hyatt FQ; Iíd personally rather be in the CBD/Warehouse District than the French Quarter. In addition to less noise and less congestion (making getting in and out easier), itís closer to better restaurants and cafes IMHO, while still being plenty close to the French Quarter and Frenchmen St.
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