New Orleans is one of my favorite places to travel. It’s beauty, character, food, and people give the town a vibrancy. We are at 10 years since Katrina came in and devastated the beautiful town, but New Orleans is still going!
All the old-guard, bastions of fine-dining that made New Orleans a renowned food destination are still here and as good as you remember them being – Antoine’s (175 years old this year), Arnaud’s, Galatoire’s, Broussard’s, Commander’s Palace and Pascal’s Manale …to name a few. Our chefs continue to collect James Beard nominations and awards each year, and now, we have 600 more restaurants than we had in 2005. Our chefs and restaurant scene are evolving to extend beyond traditional genres of cuisine that most are accustomed to associating with New Orleans. Our new chefs and restaurants are also serving innovative dishes in Vietnamese, Philippine, Chinese, Italian, Spanish, Mexican, Russian and Israeli cuisines, to name but a few.
New Orleans Hotels: more options than ever
New Orleans has seen a steady march of hotel re-openings, renovations and brand new developments since 2005. Since August of 2005, we have opened 4,000+ hotel rooms. Many of those openings contributed to getting us back to pre-Katrina levels, but to date, we’ve surpassed the number of hotel rooms we had in 2005. Now, we have 853 more hotel rooms in the metro area than we did in 2005 and more than 4,200 are slated to be built in the next three years.
I’m already planning my next trip to New Orleans, how about you?