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New Orleans: Pair a crazy summer festival with Marriott’s $99-a-night package

Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger

Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest aren’t the only reasons to visit New Orleans. The Running of the Bulls in July, when roller derby “bulls” skate through the French Quarter and “gore” each other, can be just as much crazy fun. But you have to be able to handle the sticky summer heat.  For those who can, the New Orleans Marriott has a room rate that starts at $99 a night and throws in dining discounts.

The deal: The Hot Location, Cool Deal requires a four-night stay to get the sale room rate. With this package, you get 20% off hotel meals and drinks (not counting alcohol), a $10 playing card at Harrah’s New Orleans and a “Passport to Savings"discount book. Use the promo code “L9Z” for this deal.

When: The offer is good for stays through Oct. 2.

Tested: New Orleans has lots of festivals this summer, such as the Red Dress Run on Aug. 13. I like the price and extras that come with this deal, so I checked dates for this package that would work with a couple of festivals.

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San Fermin en Nueva Orleans (Running of the Bulls) on July 9: I found the package available for four nights starting July 6 for $129 plus tax a night for those who might want to attend this free event.

Southern Decadence from Aug. 31 to Sept. 5: I found the package available for four nights starting Sept. 1 for this Labor Day celebration sometimes called the “gay Mardi Gras.” Room rates were $119 a night plus tax.

As for the cheapest dates, I found four nights starting Aug. 22 for $89 plus tax a night--actually less than the rate advertised with the deal. Standard room rates on the dates I checked, without the extras, ran about $10 higher than the package.

Check out more summer festival dates at the city’s tourism website.

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Contact: New Orleans Marriott, (800) 228-9290


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