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To call New Orleans a melting pot would be an understatement. This crescent by the Gulf passed from French to Spanish and back to French hands before becoming part of the States in 1803. Plus, it's always had a strong connection to the Caribbean. Even after that though, New Orleans stood as a city apart, welcoming immigrants from the islands, particularly Haiti, and enjoying a comparatively liberal, three-tiered society in which select people of color could live free. That changed during the reconstruction, but the laissez-faire, joie de vivre attitude remained and remains strong.
If you're traveling to New Orleans for Mardi Gras this year, or Southern Decadence over Labor Day, or perhaps even the jazz festival held every spring, here are a few reliable places to bed and breakfast in the Big Easy. The only real question to keep in mind is, "How close do I want to be to the action?" Do you want to be in the thick of it, in the non-stop party that is the French Quarter, or would you prefer to be walking distance, in downtown? Or maybe you prefer the residential atmosphere of the Garden District? Hopefully this will help make your decision a little easier.
This is only a sample of hotels we've visited, and we more than welcome your suggestions, so leave them in the comments to help us plan our next trip.