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Frommer's brings you all the information on all New Orleans has to offer:

Best Hotel Bets
Best Dining Bets
Mardi Gras & Other Festivals
The French Quarter
The Faubourg Marigny
Mid City/Esplanade
The Garden District
Metairie
Lake Pontchartrain
Parks & Gardens
Voodoo
Anne Rice's New Orleans
Walking Tours
A Streetcar Tour
Cajun Cuisine
Seafood
The Rhythms of New Orleans
Jazz & Blues Clubs
Cajun & Zydeco Joints
The Bar Scene
The Hurricane
Burlesque & Strip Clbus
Gay Nightlife
The Performing Arts
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From the Back Cover

Experience a place the way the locals do. Enjoy the best it has to offer. And avoid tourist traps. At Frommer's, we use 150 outspoken travel experts around the world to help you make the right choices. Frommer's. Your guide to a world of travel experience. Choose the Only Guide That Gives You:
  • Outspoken opinions on what's worth your time and what's not.
  • Exact prices, so you can plan the perfect trip no matter what your budget.
  • Off-the-beaten-path experiences and undiscovered gems, plus new takes on top attractions.
  • The best hotels and restaurants in every price range, with candid reviews.
  • The expert guidance you need to take charge and travel with confidence.
Great trips begin at Frommers.com
  • Book flights, hotels, and rental cars.
  • Get free updates on attractions and prices.
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Product Details

  • Series: Frommer's Complete Guides
  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Frommers; 1 edition (November 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764565079
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764565076
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,687,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By fdoamerica on January 29, 2002
Format: Paperback
Frommer New Orleans 2002 will guide to and through New Orleans. It will open up the city for you like a jazz player opening his trumpet case.
New Orleans is Mardi Gras (fittingly the entomology of `Mardi Gras' goes back to a Roman orgy). This annual event defines New Orleans for the million plus tourist that come to be part of this "party to end all parties". There is music, lots of jazz music, parades, salacious acts, alcohol, food and sex that incarnate this granddaddy of public parties. But, as hundreds of thousands of other visitors to New Orleans can tell you, all of these traits can be easily be found throughout the year in this emancipated city. Be assured that Frommer's guide will open this city up for you, anytime of the year.
The guide's accommodations and dining recommendations are up to date, plentiful, generally accurate and reliable. However, my experience at the Pelham Hotel did not warrant the "highly rated" star that Frommer's gave it. The carpets in the room were stained and needed cleaning, there was an noticeable odor in the hall and room, the front desk staff was apathetic and some of the normal amenities that hotels in this price range offer (in room coffee, etc) were not provided. Frommer's needs to rethink its rating on this property.
Frommer's star rating system is difficult to locate. It is buried away from the recommendations in the first portion of the book. When I did find the ratings they were somewhat difficult to understand and confusing. There are zero to three stars but moderate or inexpensive restaurants and hotels can only get zero, one or two, but NOT three. The very expensive to expensive restaurants and hotels can be awarded one, two or three stars, but NOT zero.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Thomson on September 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
I looked at a number of guides to New Orleans before selecting Frommer's 2002 New Orleans to help me with my trip. Frommer's was my favorite. It provides detailed, accurate and reliable information on attractions, hotels, restaurants, shopping, and various other topics. Frommer's was by far the most comprehensive guide I saw for most topics. I was particularly pleased with the down-to-earth discussion of attractions: museums, parks, bars, public places, etc. The maps were also excellent: a good map (in reality, several good maps) is a necessity for getting around New Orleans and making the most of the city. Frommer's guide provides better than average maps and good information on attractions that will help ensure you're making the most of your time. As a bonus, the attractions are marked on many maps near the parts of the book where they're discussed, and when you see how New Orleans streets are laid out, you'll understand how useful that is!
I was disappointed in the guide's coverage of restaurants, though. I thought they detailed relatively few restaurants, and found their descriptions and ratings fairly weak. My sister, who lives in New Orleans, took us to several "locals" places that were at least as good as the highly rated restaurants in the guide. The lesson is: don't be afraid to experiment. If you need to rely on a restaurant guide, choose another. Better yet, ask some locals. My personal favorite was NOLA (get the duck!). The Palace Café gets a strong recommendation, and if you're in the French Quarter and want a casual lunch, try Central Grocery for great mufalletas. Café du Mond (coffee and beignets) was a must for me, and I didn't find it disappointing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 17, 2002
Format: Paperback
I thought this was a really great book--I only wish it was longer!
The section on Mardi Gras (especially the author's personal memoir of being on a float) was particularly excellent, showing how you could enjoy the celebration in your own way--either nice, naughty, or nasty, which should include everyone on the spectrum from families with young children to raunchy college students.
The walking tour section was also really good. It was nice to have a "guided tour" through the Garden District and Esplanade Ridge, which many tourists may not get around to doing, but you should.
I also really liked the after-dark entries. I got a feeling the author really knew what she was talking about when it comes to music (which is what you're supposed to do in NO, right?).
All in all, I thought this was great. Try it. You'll like it.
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