I've been trying to find details on how to do Mardi Gras for (relatively) cheap in 2006. Can anyone help out?
Where is best to stay close to downtown without the $400 hotel rooms, or is it even possible? (I'd like to keep it cheap as possible)
How much time will I need?
Any other tips? Thanks in advance!
You can book into Motel 6 (about 12 miles from downtown) as early as possible. Take a bus, or shuttle to downtown then back before misnight, or taxi at any time. This way you can get down to $80 a day.
Did you mean, near to French Quarter- where the mardi gras action is? Or did you mean near to downtown? They may not be far from each other but certainly arent the same.
Now, there are some pretty cheap hostels in New Orleans. try accomodation option in in TP or hostelworld. One of them St Vincent is on magazine street (where you can get a bus to and from French Quarter all through the night). They have private rooms also.
Dont much depend on Taxis unless its after 5:00 or something because there would be a thousand more people trying to get the cabs.
Just to enjoy festivities of Mardigras, I'll two nights should be good. But remember, in Mardi Gras only thing you can enjoy in New Orleans is Mardi Gras. Everything else is pretty much closed !
When I went to New Orleans for New Year's last year I stayed at India House Hostel. You'd have to take a street car to go to the French Quarter but it doesn't take long, and a cab ride is not expensive either. The hostel was very cheap ($15, I think). The people working there were exceptionally nice and helpful. It's far from the cleanest hostel I've ever atayed in, but it was definitely one of the most fun. It has a very social, funky atomosphere and it made my trip tp New Orleans all the more special.