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Summer specials can be sticky sweet

By: Cheré Coen

Summertime in the Big Easy and the living isn’t always that easy.

It can get steamy hot, with humidity reaching near 100 percent and the air becoming stiflingly still as temperatures reach into the 90s.

Should that keep you from visiting America’s most interesting city? Absolutely not. Like most Deep South cities, New Orleanians live in air conditioning. Unless they are planning on running a marathon, visitors can enjoy most of New Orleans attractions in cool comfort. And there are moments of reprieve from the heat early mornings, evenings and when the air comes breezing in off Lake Pontchartrain or the Mississippi River tame the hot summer heat and make strolls through the French Quarter enjoyable.

The crowds are less numerous in the summer, especially the rowdy bunch that come for Mardi Gras and spring festivals. In August, it’s not uncommon to find French tourists traveling through their namesake Quarter.

The best reason to visit New Orleans in summer, however, is the discounts for tourists, according to Laura Claverie of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation. Hotels cut rates as demand drops during the summer months, Claverie said.

Cheaper hotel rates also make New Orleans a great destination for a family vacation. A recent poll by Yahoo! Travel and National Geographic Traveler magazine named New Orleans the top family vacation destination in the United States, based on criteria such as cost, sightseeing and opportunities for recreation.

To make the trip even easier, visit the city’s official tourism Web site for the 2005 New Orleans Good Times Guide, a collection of coupons to summer attractions, restaurants and hotels (www.neworleansonline.com).

The following is a list of hotels and attractions in New Orleans with special deals and summer rates.

NEW ORLEANS HOTEL SPECIALS

ALEXA HOTEL
Rates from: $129
Stay two nights, save 20%
Stay three nights, save 25%
119 Royal St.
888-487-9643
www.alexahotel.com

BARONNE PLAZA
Rates from: $76
Stay two nights, save 15%
Stay three nights, save 20%
201 Baronne St.
888-756-0083
E-mail: hotel@baronneplaza.com
www.baronneplaza.com

RAMADA INN & SUITES DOWNTOWN
Rates from: $67
Stay two nights, save 20%
1315 Gravier St.
800-535-8141
E-mail: reservations@
ramadaneworleans.com
www.neworleans-ramada.com

HOTEL MONTELEONE
Rates from: $97
For suite upgrade add $50 (based on
availability).
214 Royal St.
800-535-9595
E-mail: reservations@hotelmonteleone.com
www.hotelmonteleone.com

OMNI ROYAL ORLEANS
Rates from $109
“Two for One Suite”: Buy one suite for one night, get the second night free.
621 St. Louis St.
504-529-5333 (main),
504-529-7010 (sales)
www.omnihotels.com

LE PAVILLON
Rates from: $99
Stay two nights, save 15%
Stay three nights, save 20%
833 Poydras St.
800-535-9095
www.lepavillon.com


IBERVILLE SUITES
Rates from: $109
Stay two nights, save 15%
Stay three nights, save 20%
Free continental breakfast daily.
910 Iberville St.
866-229-4351
www.ibervillesuites.com

PARK PLAZA HOTEL
Rates from: $89
Stay two nights, save 15%
Stay three nights, save 20%
1500 Canal St.
800-814-7000
www.parkplaza.com/neworleansla

SHERATON NEW ORLEANS
Rates for Satchmo Summerfest: $109
The Summerfest takes place Aug. 4-7
and includes seminars, an outdoor music festival, activities for young jazz fans and a club crawl.
500 Canal St.
504-525-2500

ATTRACTIONS:

NEW ORLEANS
AUDUBON INSTITUTE

The Audubon Institute offers money saving packages with Adventure Passports.
Six different options include a combination of attractions including the Audubon Zoo, Aquarium of the Americas, the Entergy IMAX Theatre and more.
Rates: Prices range from $29.50-$67.25, Adult; $16-$35.50, Child
504-861-2537
www.auduboninstitute.org


SIX FLAGS NEW ORLEANS
Six Flags offers season passes that pay for themselves in two visits and offer unlimited visits to Six Flags New Orleans and Six Flags theme parks worldwide.
Rates: Through May 1, $49.99 plus tax
May 2 - June 12, $54.99 plus tax (online and at park)
After June 12, $79.99 plus tax (online and at park)
504-253-8100
www.sixflags.com

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