The beauty of the Best Western Plus St. Charles is its quiet location away from the drunken madness of the beloved yet touristy French quarter. On a leafy avenue lined with century-old mansions, this hotel sits in the Garden District. Yards overflow with camellia bushes, ginger blooms, and jasmine vines, and streets move through tunnels of crepe myrtles and oaks.
You can easily walk to Magazine Street lined with antique stores, vintage boutiques, coffee houses, and divey restaurants dishing up jambalaya and grits. Be sure to stop by Tee-Eva's for crawfish pie and pralines. You'll also want to step inside Lili Vintage where a well-edited selection of cocktail dresses dating back to the 1930s hang on the racks.
Lafayette Cemetery is about a 10 minutes walk from the hotel. It's small but packed with over 1,000 family tombs, many of them above-ground and some dating back as far as 1833. The most famous cemetery residents are fictional. Anne Rice’s vampire Lestat has a fake tomb here. Consider joining a guide and taking a Save Our Cemeteries Tour.
Want to head downtown? Easy. Hop on the charming street car that takes you right downtown. You'll want the St. Charles Line and bring along $1.25 to pay your way.
And after you've explored the city you'll certainly want to return to your room, which is guaranteed to be clean and tidy. In the morning, a hot breakfast with fresh waffles and fruit is included in the price of your room.