**The Superdome is in the Western portion of the CBD.
**The French Quarter is North of the CBD.
–If you want to be in the thick of the action surrounded by bars, restaurants, and a party-like atmosphere then we recommend you stay in the French Quarter.
–If you want to be very close to the Superdome (where the concerts are held), you might want to look at lodging in the Central Business District.
–If you want to be as close as possible to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (where the free daily Expo is held), then you might want to consider hotels in the Warehouse District. (FURTHEST FROM FRENCH QUARTER: But you can always grab a Uber).
Hotels are great but they are not your only option. You might come to Essence Festival as a group and want the convenience of a kitchen and living room. Or your party might want to stay together, but still have privacy. If that’s the case renting out a home, condo, or apt can be ideal and have a comparable or even lower cost than a traditional hotel. Be sure to read the host reviews before booking.