It may be one block off of Bourbon Street, but Hotel Mazarin is an oasis of charm. The hotel surrounds a private courtyard, where guests can soak in the pleasures of New Orleans architecture and weather, while lounging, dining, and drinking. In fact, life here revolves around wine. Patrick’s Bar Vin, run by bon vivant and Mardia Gras King of Cru Patrick van Hoorebeek, offers a superb selection of Champagnes by the glass, in addition to an interesting list of reds and white. The bar also offers high-end wine storage, so locals can stash their bottles and drink them on visits to the Quarter. Hotel rooms are simple with a few luxurious touches like black marble and sexy glass showers—the perfect escape for a couple who wants to be close to all the French Quarter action.