I have reservations for the end of July at both the JW Marriott and the New Orleans Marriott. Both are on Canal Street. Both are category 6 hotels. Has anyone stayed at either of these hotels? How were the rooms? I hate small rooms. I assume that the views will be almost the same for both since they are so close to one another. Would you recommend one over the other? Did anyone receive upgrades?
The Marriott is a huge convention hotel. I've stayed there and enjoyed the experience; however, depending on what convention is in town, you may be dealing with huge crowds and elevator waits. The concierge lounge at the Marriott offers a great view and service. I haven't stayed at the JW. It's across the street though and seems to be a smaller, more boutique style property. The main entrance to the JW is on a side street; however, there is an entrance on Canal.
I know you're not looking for another option but, We really enjoy the Hotel in the New Orleans French Quarter: Pere Marquette New Orleans, Louisiana Hotel Near Bourbon Street , also a Cat 6....Really great staff and beautiful rooms. We also would recommend.. Hotel in New Orleans: Renaissance Arts Boutique New Orleans, LA Hotel Near New Orleans Convention Center....another Cat 6. The Arts District is a great section of the city. We were there for a "white out" of sorts. It was a street fair where everyone was encouraged to wear white...very cool.
I can echo dyastremski's observation above... the Marriott is a very nice convention style hotel. The JW a little more upscale.
I've stayed at both, and prefer the Marriott. The JW (main entrance is on Common Street) is has been noted more of a boutique or upscale property. While a convention at the Marriott may be annoying, it's on a par with weddings at the JW, so pick yer poison.
I've also stayed at the CY, which is serviceable, but as a Cat 5, not worth it. I've never stayed at the RI (Cat 4), but now you'd be seeing some real point savings. Besides, in NOLA, all you want is a place to flop. The room should be the place you spend the least amount of time in!
I'd like to reopen this conversation. I need to be at least near the Marriott New Orleans on Canal Street in January, but it is the convention hotel, something that never endears itself to me when we are talking thousands of people. The Renaissance sounds interesting, but how far away, especially for January? I currently made a reservation at the JW because the price diff with the Marriott was minimal. Can anyone break down the pluses and minuses of the three properties?
If rates are close, I prefer the JW. The rooms are larger and to me the pace was less hectic than the Marriott which is heavy convention business site. I loved the I Club downstairs (free to Plats, probably free to all by now) great place for easy going jazz, a beer or wine to top off the day. Also being on the other side of Canal, just seemed to be more peaceful, yet close enough to the action and some very nice spots, one of my faves Bon Ton Cafe and the WWII Museum. Note: smaller pool, than the Marriott - but you can use either. The good news, you probably can't miss with either, nice concierge lounge in both with excellent views. (as obvious by omission, I haven't stayed at Ren)
This is exactly what I want to know. My convention meets jointly with the American HIstorical Association, and there is nothing so awful as seeing historians at every turn in a hotel or restaurant . So unless I hear otherwise, the JW it will be. AAA rate was good and cancels out not having to register for the AHA part of the convention.
Plus the Chicago Magnificent Mile last year for the same convention - it was terrible. I can pay pretty much the same as I would for the reduced conference hotel fees because I don't have to rejoin an organization that is of no interest to me (the AHA) or pay its ridiculous registration fees. I'll keep an eye on both. My only concern is to be near the conference hotel since it will be January. I've been in New Orleans in January...:)
Since I will be solely there starting Thursday night and leaving at 6 am Sunday morning, would you still recommend the Pere Marquette without lounge? Jerry, do you know if the JW has weekend service? I arrive around 12 Thursday but am in meetings all day, so Friday and Saturday will be my key breakfast days.
Professor, we have stayed at most of the Marriott properties near the French Quarter and Convention Center except the J. W. We had reservations there several times because of the great reviews; however, we had to cancel for some reason. Last weekend, we stayed at the Renaissance Arts. When I asked about breakfast, I was given a voucher "just this once". The food was ok, but the service was terrible (I hate to complain about a freebie!). We've enjoyed several stays at the Marriott on Canal and the Renaissance Pere Marquette. Neither location has provided vouchers for breakfast. The Renaissance P.M. would be the calmer of the 2 hotels. Their rooms are many different sizes and shapes. One time, we stayed in "an itty bitty room with an itty bitty price" that also included breakfast. I haven't seen that offer in a long time. I don't remember having a bathtub in our room, so you may want to ask about that if you decide to stay there.