New Orleans Gay and Lesbian Vacations

New Orleans

New Orleans

Your gay New Orleans vacation

The Crescent City’s unique blend of American, French, Creole, Cajun, Caribbean, Spanish, and African cultures parties on in New Orleans. Gay life is focused squarely on the most impressive part of town, the nearly 100-square-block French Quarter historic district. It’s home to the city’s best shopping and dining, along with most of its gay lodging and gay nightlife.

Featured Hotels

LGBT-welcoming New Orleans hotels

From $189

Renaissance Pere Marquette Hotel New Orleans

4 stars
4.0 / 5 83 reviews

New Orleans, Louisiana

Rate includes breakfast

Historic Southern elegance with contemporary boutique hotel twist  Built in 1925, the Renaissance New Orleans Pere Marquette Hotel is a landmark building sitting proudly at the heart of the city. It is a stylish hotel set over 18 floors, where guests find a combination of Southern hospitality and comfort. A... More

From $159

Place D'Armes French Quarter

3 stars
4.1 / 5 150 reviews

New Orleans, Louisiana

Historic French Quarter boutique with free breakfast and free Wi-FiRich in Southern hospitality and New Orleans-style charm, the historic Place D'Armes French Quarter sets the tone with beautifully restored 18th- and 19th-century buildings and a lush tropical courtyard. The AAA 3-diamond hotel features guest rooms with... More

From $229

JW Marriott New Orleans

4 stars
4.3 / 5 133 reviews

New Orleans, Louisiana

The Marriott New Orleans mingles modern design schemes with classic New Orleans flair. Guests are offered cozy seating and streamlined designs in the lobby library, which is perfect for finishing work or just relaxing after enjoying delectable regional fare like fire-roasted oysters or a shrimp po boy in the... More

From $270

W New Orleans - French Quarter

5 stars
3.6 / 5 24 reviews

New Orleans, Louisiana

Intimate contemporary hotel with a boutique flavor  The W New Orleans French Quarter hotel sits in the center of the action in the New Orleans entertainment district. Tucked away, a serene inner courtyard lies at its heart. Here guests can escape the excitement of the French Quarter and enjoy delicious New... More

From $132

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, New Orleans French Quarter, LA

3 stars
4.2 / 5 222 reviews

New Orleans, Louisiana

Save 15% on your stay

Prime location near French Quarter Hotel offers many amenities Be Our Guest Breakfast Buffet Wired and WIreless Internet Access Programmable Safe Refrigerator and Microwave in all guest rooms Concierge Service 7 days a week 8am - 8 pm Heated Outdoor 9 by 13 Relaxation Dipping Pool Fitness Center ... More

From $189

New Orleans Marriott

4 stars
3.9 / 5 206 reviews

New Orleans, Louisiana

Built in 1972, the New Orleans Marriott is the perfect base from which to enjoy all that the French Quarter has to offer, and travelers will appreciate its Southern hospitality, comfortable rooms and elegant special event facilities. Guests sleep soundly beneath the Marriott's down comforters, custom duvets and fine... More

From $139

Inn on St. Peter

3 stars
3.1 / 5 207 reviews

New Orleans, Louisiana

The Inn on St. Peter is the leisure traveler's perfect retreat to the Crescent City. Carefully restored with traditional finishes, this New Orleans Inn marries the desires for modern convenience and comfort with an historic French Quarter setting. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Inn on St. Peter... More

From $179

Hotel New Orleans Downtown

3 stars
3.7 / 5 77 reviews

New Orleans, Louisiana

Save 10 % on your stay

Luxury and style at this convenient downtown New Orleans boutique hotelThe chic and contemporary Hotel New Orleans Downtown hotel oozes style with bold colors, sleek decor, signature amenities and services. On-site entertainment includes Whiskey Blue, named one of the best new bars in New Orleans by Gambit... More

From $169

Courtyard by Marriott New Orleans Downtown Near the French Quarter

3 stars
3.6 / 5 22 reviews

New Orleans, Louisiana

Rate includes breakfast

Central hotel with Southern flavor, close to all Crescent City sights  The Courtyard by Marriott New Orleans Downtown near the French Quarter Hotel is an imposing corner building spread over six floors. The lobby area incorporates a stunning atrium containing a bistro and gathering area. Guests enjoy the successful... More

From $199

Courtyard New Orleans Downtown/Iberville

4 stars
4.2 / 5 243 reviews

New Orleans, Louisiana

Housed within the Maison Blanche Building, constructed in 1909, the Courtyard New Orleans Downtown blends Beaux Arts style with modern amenities in the heart of the Big Easy's oldest neighborhood. The Courtyard offers a large business lounge, terraces overlooking the bustling French Quarter, and an in-lobby theater with... More

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Best in Stay

LGBT Best in Stay New Orleans hotels

From $204

Hotel Monteleone

4 stars
4.4 / 5 280 reviews

New Orleans, Louisiana

A time-honored New Orleans landmark, this French Quarter hotel has been owned and operated by five generations of the Monteleone family since 1886. It has appeared in movies, television and literary works. Keurig coffee makers, plush robes, marble and granite bathrooms, a heated rooftop pool, and a state-of-the-art... More

From $179

Hotel St. Marie

3 stars
4.0 / 5 289 reviews

New Orleans, Louisiana

Most rooms at this French Quarter value hotel have scenic balconiesThe Hotel St. Marie appeals to visitors who are coming to New Orleans for fun but are also watching their wallets. This French Quarter value hotel has spacious and comfortable rooms. The music, bars and nightlife of Bourbon Street are a block away. ... More

From $99

Prince Conti Hotel French Quarter

3 stars
3.9 / 5 211 reviews

New Orleans, Louisiana

Romantic French Quarter boutique with award-winning restaurantThe AAA 3-diamond Prince Hotel Conti offers affordable luxury in the heart of the French Quarter. Owned by the Valentino family of New Orleans, the smoke-free boutique hotel occupies a 19th-century building complete with dramatic windows and a carriageway.... More

From $179

Renaissance Arts Hotel New Orleans

4 stars
4.3 / 5 51 reviews

New Orleans, Louisiana

Rate includes breakfast

Boutique hotel at the heart of the famous New Orleans? arts district and the French QuarterA historic warehouse that formed the basis of the Renaissance Arts Hotel provides a fantastic location and plenty of space for distinctive features in arts and furnishings. An art gallery and a top class restaurant are both... More

From $299

The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans

5 stars
4.5 / 5 44 reviews

New Orleans, Louisiana

Rate includes breakfast

The distinctive decor, art and antiques of New Orleans have combined with the luxury of the Ritz-Carlton to create the Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans. Grand ballrooms and exclusive garden courtyards filled with flowers and wrought iron furnishings show off an antebellum elegance. Luxury linens, goose down pillows and feather... More

From $175

Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

4 stars
4.0 / 5 468 reviews

New Orleans, Louisiana

Save 20% on your stay

A New Orleans attraction in its own right, the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel features intriguing sculptures, paintings and exquisite glass-blown creations, while several of the rooms have decadent features like floor-to-ceiling windows, dining areas and parlors. Business and event spaces are of the highest caliber, while... More

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Flights
Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip
New York New Orleans Wed, Oct 29 - Wed, Nov 5 $203
Los Angeles New Orleans Wed, Nov 5 - Wed, Nov 12 $342
Chicago New Orleans Tue, Nov 18 - Sat, Nov 22 $155
Boston New Orleans Tue, Nov 11 - Sat, Nov 15 $201
Washington DC New Orleans Mon, Oct 27 - Fri, Oct 31 $297
San Francisco New Orleans Sat, Nov 8 - Wed, Nov 12 $361
Philadelphia New Orleans Fri, Nov 7 - Tue, Nov 11 $298
Seattle New Orleans Mon, Nov 3 - Sat, Nov 8 $338
Denver New Orleans Sat, Nov 1 - Wed, Nov 5 $205
Newark New Orleans Thu, Nov 27 - Wed, Dec 3 $198
Baltimore New Orleans Sun, Nov 2 - Wed, Nov 5 $282
Pittsburgh New Orleans Tue, Oct 14 - Thu, Oct 16 $333
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New Orleans highlights

  • Other gayborhoods

    The adjacent Faubourg Marigny, the city’s first suburb, and the Bywater area also are gaining popularity as gay neighborhoods. New Orleans seems to be a perpetual party any time of the year.

    LGBT events

    But come for Southern Decadence around Labor Day weekend for the debauched street carnival atmosphere, and you’ll see how amazingly tolerant the Big Easy really is. There’s also gay parade on Easter Sunday in the French Quarter, and a three-day Halloween circuit party all around town, just before the actual holiday.

    Gay Mardi Gras and more

    Three days of parades, leather block parties, and masked balls mark the events of the Gay Mardi Gras (at the same time as the regular Mardi Gras). There’s a smaller celebration for Pride in June, and New Orleans is mellow during its annual Jazz Festival in late April and early May.

    N’awlins attractions

    New Orleans is filled with antique attractions, especially in the French Quarter. Jackson Square is presided over by the oldest cathedral in the United States and flanked by Spanish colonial buildings housing museums devoted to the history and culture of the region.

    Historic landmarks

    The French Market is the oldest working market in the United States. Any self-respecting queer will want to check out 632 St. Peter Street, where Tennessee Williams finished penning “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Also make time for a trip to the Garden District and its 19th-ccntury Victorian, Italianate and Greek Revival homes, and understand modern New Orleans by taking a tour of the Ninth Ward, which sustained the most severe damage during Katrina.

Insider tips for New Orleans gay travel

  • Go ahead -- take your drinks with you

    Ask your bartender for a plastic “geaux cup,” and you can take your drink to the streets or to the next bar. But taking any cans or glass on the streets is illegal. As you might have figured, bars in New Orleans are open 24 hours, and some even have a second happy hour from 5 to 9 in the morning!

    Aim for spring

    The best time to visit New Orleans is in the spring, when the temperatures are mildly warm and the humidity is low.

    Book very early for Mardi Gras
    Some French Quarter and Central Business District hotels may require four or five-night minimums and are often sold out by December. The hotels on the actual parade routes are usually lower-priced because they’re not in the French Quarter.

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