The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is one of the country's top music festivals each and every year. With the lineup released on January 14th, music fans are already planning their trips. Hundreds of thousands of people will flood into the city, making getting a room a particularly difficult endeavor for those who putter around. But good planners will book now to take advantage of hotel deals at the best places to stay near the festival.
Spanning seven days over the course of two weeks in late April and early May, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival hosts top national touring acts along with the best local players. Besides tunes, the food is a major draw - with tents slinging po-boys, crawfish and etouffee, among other scrumptious munchies.
George Porter Jr. is patiently waiting for you to book your room for Jazz Fest '14 — Photo courtesy of New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
Keen Jazz Fest-goers will book early and utilize coupon codes to be sure to get the best deals at the best hotels. Once again, the Sheraton New Orleans will act as the official hotel of the festival. Using rate code JZZFST, visitors can get the best prices. The Sheraton is a clutch hotel to stay at, because guests can utilize the Jazz Fest Express - the official festival shuttle that picks up right out front.
Besides the Sheraton, visitors have options, depending on price range and location. In the French Quarter, the best deal can be found at the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown/Iberville. Rooms are available for under $300 per night. You will be perfectly situated so that after the festival, you can experience one of the best areas of the city. A $15 cab will get you to and from the festival fairgrounds if you don't want to take the shuttle.
If you plan to hit some of the after shows at Tipitina's and/or Maple Leaf Bar, then you might consider a hotel in the Garden District. Call Hotel Indigo at 504-522-3650, and mention the special Jazz Fest rates.
For the super thrifty, one of the most shrewd moves is to grab a hotel by the airport. If you are with a group, this is a fantastic option, as you can split the cost of the mini-van cab into the city. Cab fares from the airport average $35.
Hotels like the Crowne Plaza New Orleans-Airport, Four Points by Sheraton and the Hilton New Orleans-Airport have rooms during the festival for as low as $150 per night. Just make sure to mention you want the Jazz Fest rate when you call.
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is a top cultural experience that any traveler should try and experience once in their lifetime. Don't miss out on your chance by being a tardy planner!