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 $129

Renaissance Pere Marquette Hotel New Orleans

4 stars
4.0 / 5 103 reviews

New Orleans, Louisiana

Rate includes breakfast

  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 sophisticated jazz-infused ambiance lends the hotel a contemporary edge,... More

From $116

Place D'Armes French Quarter

3 stars
4.1 / 5 165 reviews

New Orleans, Louisiana

Rich 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 elegant reproduction antique furnishings, paired with modern... More

From $149

JW Marriott New Orleans

4 stars
4.3 / 5 151 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 $195

W New Orleans - French Quarter

5 stars
3.6 / 5 25 reviews

New Orleans, Louisiana

  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 Orleans cuisine at the on-site restaurant,... More

From $88

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

3 stars
4.2 / 5 246 reviews

New Orleans, Louisiana

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 $109

New Orleans Marriott

4 stars
4.0 / 5 231 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 $82

Inn on St. Peter

3 stars
4.1 / 5 36 reviews

New Orleans, Louisiana

Inn on St. Peter is a restored retreat that seamlessly melds Spanish architecture and modern comforts in the historic French Quarter in New Orleans. This comfortable hotel provides tastefully decorated smoke-free accommodations that come with balconies overlooking tranquil courtyards. Daily housekeeping and complimentary... More

From $101

Le Meridien New Orleans

5 stars
4.6 / 5 5 reviews

New Orleans, Louisiana

Save 10% on your stay

The chic and contemporary newly renovated Le Meridien New Orleans hotel oozes style with bold colors, sleek decor, signature amenities and services. At this upscale hotel, vacationers sip drinks and mingle with other guests at the re-imagined hotel lobby, Le Meridien Hub. The property features 410 modern rooms... More

From $109

Courtyard by Marriott New Orleans Downtown Near the French Quarter

3 stars
3.6 / 5 28 reviews

New Orleans, Louisiana

Rate includes breakfast

  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 combination of traditional Southern style with modern, contemporary... More

From $119

Courtyard New Orleans Downtown/Iberville

4 stars
4.2 / 5 264 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 $163

Hotel Monteleone

5 stars
4.4 / 5 336 reviews

New Orleans, Louisiana

The Hotel Monteleone New Orleans is an historical landmark in the heart of the French Quarter. Many distinguished authors and other literary professionals have stayed in this hotel. In 1999, the Friends of the Library Association officially recognized the hotel as a literary landmark. Hotel Monteleone has a distinctive... More

From $100

Hotel St. Marie

3 stars
4.0 / 5 320 reviews

New Orleans, Louisiana

The 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. RoomsAll 99 rooms and suites at the Hotel St. Marie are large and... More

From $96

Prince Conti Hotel French Quarter

3 stars
4.0 / 5 246 reviews

New Orleans, Louisiana

The 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. Guests are just a half-block from the famous Bourbon Street.... More

From $129

Renaissance Arts Hotel New Orleans

4 stars
4.4 / 5 60 reviews

New Orleans, Louisiana

Rate includes breakfast

A historic warehouse that formed the basis of the Renaissance Arts Hotel New Orleans 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 included in the on-site amenities to complete the full range of facilities... More

From $199

The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans

5 stars
4.5 / 5 49 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 $102

Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

4 stars
4.0 / 5 555 reviews

New Orleans, Louisiana

Save 20% on your stay

The Sheraton New Orleans Hotel in New Orleans features 1,110 fully renovated guest rooms, including 53 suites. Each of the rooms boasts the plush Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed, and the hotel is equipped with more than 100,000 square feet of revitalized event and meeting space. Guests are welcome to relax in the Sheraton... More

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Flights

Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip
New York New Orleans Tue, Aug 18 - Tue, Aug 25 $248
Los Angeles New Orleans Wed, Aug 5 - Wed, Aug 19 $312
Chicago New Orleans Wed, Aug 26 - Sat, Aug 29 $97
Boston New Orleans Tue, Sep 1 - Wed, Sep 9 $254
Washington DC New Orleans Tue, Jul 21 - Tue, Jul 28 $278
San Francisco New Orleans Tue, Sep 1 - Wed, Sep 9 $338
Philadelphia New Orleans Thu, Aug 20 - Tue, Aug 25 $279
Seattle New Orleans Thu, Aug 20 - Tue, Aug 25 $304
Denver New Orleans Sun, Aug 23 - Wed, Aug 26 $145
Newark New Orleans Tue, Aug 11 - Wed, Aug 19 $241
Baltimore New Orleans Tue, Sep 1 - Wed, Sep 9 $222
Pittsburgh New Orleans Sat, Aug 15 - Sun, Aug 23 $371
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  • 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.

  • 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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