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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Get a Discount in New Orleans

As the Big Easy continues to rebuild after Katrina, visitors are drawn by cheap hotels, brand-new spaces, and burgeoning talent in restaurants and the arts.


1. Where to Stay

Stay in the Beaux-arts favorite, The International House.   

The Ritz-Carlton on Canal Street in the French Quarter is a steal; rooms are as low as $209 a night through the end of the year. For an even better value, book the Reconnect package (from $194) and get breakfast for two and a $25 credit that can be used at the 25,000-square-foot spa.

If the Ritz is booked, try the Iberville Suites, located in the same former department store. Though the two hotels share many facilities—like the spa, gym, restaurant, bar, and lounge—the Iberville Suites is cheaper. Rooms in November start at $149 a night.

The International House is in a turn-of-the century Beaux-Arts building but opened in 1998 and was renovated just last summer. Located in the central business district, the hotel has 115 large rooms (300 square feet) and two giant penthouses. For the remainder of 2008, get three nights for the price of two (from $159).

Published on Nov 6, 2008 as a web exclusive.

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