Hotels on Erato St. in New Orleans

by Ken Macdonald Google

New Orleans’ Erato Street is in the western section of the city’s downtown, four blocks from the Louisiana Superdome. The street runs down to the Mississippi River, where it ends in the Erato Street Cruise Terminal. The St. Charles Streetcar service runs across Erato Street, taking passengers to New Orleans’ picturesque Garden District. The live music, bars and restaurants of the French Quarter are a 20-minute walk away. Erato has a selection of hotels nearby, including some housed in traditional New Orleans timber buildings.

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Hotel Le Cirque

A five-minute walk from Erato Street and 15 minutes’ walk from the French Quarter, Hotel Le Cirque is housed in a contemporary building with its facade illuminated every night by a kaleidoscopic array of colored lighting. The on-site Lee Circle Restaurant serves a French Louisiana menu in a room with stylish, modern decor. Hotel Le Cirque is set in an artistic neighborhood with many galleries located on nearby Camp and Magazine streets. Just around the corner from the hotel is Louisiana’s Civil War Museum.

The Lafayette Hotel

The Lafayette Hotel is a 10-minute walk from both Lafayette Street and Canal Street, which forms the western boundary of the French Quarter. The hotel is housed in a typical New Orleans property from 1916 with ironwork balconies. The hotel has no restaurant, but dining options within a few steps include Herbsaint serving French and Louisiana favorites in a restaurant overlooking the St. Charles Avenue streetcar route, and the Leonardo Trattoria serving Italian cuisine.

Quality Inn & Suites Maison St. Charles

Quality Inn & Suites Maison St. Charles combines a traditional timber building with modern additions, and features a courtyard garden with a pool and palm trees. The hotel is less than 15 minutes’ walk from Erato Street, and the St. Charles Streetcar stops right by the entrance. Room rates include a continental breakfast, and for other meals the nearby St. Charles Tavern serves Cajun and American dishes and features live music on Wednesday evenings. Another option is Sushi Brothers, three blocks away.

Avenue Garden Hotel

Just two blocks from Erato Street, the Avenue Garden Hotel is set in a restored timber building from 1897 with an internal courtyard. This family-owned hotel has traditional Louisiana-style interiors and provides off-street parking for guests. Next door to the Avenue Garden, the Voodoo BBQ serves Louisiana barbecue dishes, and the Hoshun Restaurant, one block away, offers a south Asian menu with specialties from China, Japan and Vietnam. The National World War II Museum is a 10-minute walk from the hotel.

About the Author

Ken Macdonald lives in London and has been a freelance editor and writer since 1999. He has written on topics including travel, food and gardening for UKTV, Expedia and “The Guardian” website. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English studies from Stirling University in Scotland.

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