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Jazz up your summer with a night in the Big Easy, and experience la vie en rose at the enchanted Saint Louis Hotel in the heart of New Orleans' French Quarter.

The hotel, trumpeted as an urban oasis, is situated in a 19th-century building surrounding an enviable Mediterranean courtyard (replete with stone fountain), yet is mere steps away from Bourbon Street.

Spend one balmy, summer night in a Deluxe Queen or King Room on a weekday ($89) or weekend ($109) at the Saint Louis, which, as part of the exclusive New Orleans Hotel Collection, has the chops to provide nothing less than European charm and Southern hospitality.

Escapees will enjoy an American breakfast, best enjoyed al fresco, as well as a free upgrade to a Superior Room (subject to availability), which-decorated in a simple French Provincial style-overlooks the interior courtyard or the Quarter itself.

"Locals call it Vieux Carré (Old Quarter), but the French Quarter is much more than an historic district. It is the cultural and geographic focal point of New Orleans," says Lonely Planet. "It's walkable, picturesque, always busy, and filled with an extraordinary range of great restaurants, bars, nightclubs, courtyard cafés, art galleries, rummage shops and quirky museums."

Experience the joie de vivre of Carnival with included two-for-one admission to Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World and round out a festive day with a French Creole dinner at Roux on Orleans, where a complimentary appetizer comes with your entrée. A fine ensemble, indeed.

Speaking of music, Saint Louis Hotel is perfectly situated for a night of jazz and pub crawling. Or, march to the beat of your own drum when you bypass rowdy Bourbon Street altogether to spend a quiet day exploring the antique shops of Royal Street and an intimate evening in the hotel's nouveau wine bar, Patrick's Bar Vin. Here, the wine takes center stage and charcuterie and cheese plates form the perfect duet.

Whether you want to heat things up with smooth jazz or just chill out with cool Cajun, this N'awlins Escape is music to your ears.

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  • A one-night weekday ($89) or weekend ($109) stay for two in a deluxe king or queen room
  • Free upgrade to a superior room (subject to availability)
  • Daily American breakfast for two
  • Complimentary appetizer, with purchase of a dinner entrée, at Roux On Orleans
  • Two-for-one admission to Mardi Gras World
  • Book by 24 May

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