August 22, 2011 15:25 ET Lets the Good Times Roll With the Top 10 Hotels for Southern Decadence Celebration

NEW ORLEANS, LA--(Marketwire - Aug 22, 2011) - Bringing an early taste of Mardi Gras to the Big Easy, Southern Decadence invades New Orleans over Labor Day weekend. A weekend that began as a going away party in 1972 has grown to transform the French Quarter into one of the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) celebrations in the South. To keep you right near the action, the experts have combined the top New Orleans hotels in the French Quarter and downtown.

Don't miss a beat with one of the numerous LGBT-friendly hotels located in the heart of the French Quarter, the epicenter of gay nightlife.

  • Enjoy one of the most historic buildings in New Orleans at the intimate Dauphine Orleans. Stay in luxury with a welcome beverage to every guest and rooms with large Jacuzzi tubs and that are sure to leave visitors feeling like VIPs.
  • With balconies overlooking Bourbon Street, Bourbon Orleans Hotel puts you in the middle of all the excitement with the prime location to earn some beads and catch the annual street parade on Sunday, Sept. 4.
  • With its Southern charm and elegance, the Bienville House offers guests an old-world style combined with a flavor of home. Stop by the boutique hotel's award-winning restaurant and bar, Iris, for lunch or the perfect mingling spot with fellow festival-goers.
  • Rise above the rest at Hotel Monteleone, referred to as the "Grande Dame of the French Quarter." The sister hotel to the Bienville House, catch up on some rays and relaxation following the big weekend at the hotel's rooftop pool.
  • Experience the elegance of New Orleans with the award-winning Maison Dupuy. A popular gay-friendly hotel, book now and you could receive up to 30% off your stay on select hotel and flight package bookings.
  • Encounter a different modern style of the Big Easy at the W Hotel French Quarter where the knowledgeable staff brings the Southern charm and character of the hotel to life. Unwind from the excitement of the festivities in one of the lush courtyards, known as some of the most impressive in the French Quarter.

Head down river to downtown New Orleans where old world charm meets modern day character. Walking distance from the French Quarter, these hotels will have you minutes from the celebration.

  • Country Inn & Suites offers guests a home away from home for tourists and locals alike with a taste of Creole culture. The historic gem is just steps from Bourbon Street and Harrah's Casino, providing all entertainment needs for the paramount trip to the Big Easy.
  • Take the city by storm at the Harrah's New Orleans Hotel. The hotel has plenty of dining options, perfect for a late night snack after a night of dancing at the nightly circuit party dance events at the Bourbon Pub and Parade, one of New Orleans' largest gay bars.
  • The Hilton New Orleans Riverside brings a contemporary feel to the Crescent City. Just a few blocks from the French Quarter, cruise on down to all the action of the LGBT festival or hop aboard the city's famous streetcar line.
  • Combining the perfect elements of old and new, Loews New Orleans offers the historic New Orleans character with modern day amenities. Pamper yourself after a long weekend of dancing and late nights at the luxurious Balance Spa inside the hotel.

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