I'll be in NOLA for a company meeting in mid-September and am planning on spending 2 nights on my own. My goal is 3-fold - bump up my nights stayed, get a great deal, and (with luck) get upgraded to a nice room or at least the concierge level.
No preference for specific area...I'll be doing some light sightseeing and eating, but mostly just want to soak up atmosphere and relax.
Any recommendations from all of you experienced travelers?
Thanks in advance,
It's hard to go wrong staying around the French Quarter if you like to take in the music, local flavor and some great food! NOLA's is one of Emerils resturants and has outstanding food and service. Stop by cafe Du Monde and get some bengets and coffee in the morning. Another great place for lunch is the Acme oyster house, All in the French Quarter.
I would not recommend that you stay at the Courtyard on St. Charles, as they are going through renovations and the place is tore up. Also, last time I stayed there the valet helped himself to about $8 in change out of my ashtray while chargeing me $29 for parking. Screwed without a happy ending in New Orleans!!
I stayed at the JW a few weeks ago. Its not technically in the French Quarter, but its right on the border. Great location and nice hotel. Request a high floor and you'll have a great view.
JW Marriott, Marriot, and Courtyard Marriot are all within 50 yrds of eachother. So take your pick!
I agree with jerrymorgan.
The Renaissance is a very nice hotel and usually very inexpensive. I have stayed there about 5 times and will stay there every time I go to NOLA.
It is a bit off the beaten track but is within a couple of blocks of Bourbon St, Harrah's Casino and close to the French Quarter.
The concierge is pretty nice as well.
I agree with Jerry above. Renaissance Arts (there are two Renaissance) in the Warehouse District. Super nice, still close to everything and in a quieter area. Nice Suites, conceirge level during the week. Lots of food nearby - Emeril's, Central Grocery, Starbucks, Lucy's, Rock N' Sushi, Mother's... Plus the valet service is not as crazy busy as at the JR Marriott or the NO Marriott on Canal. Both of those can be a 20-30 minute wait for your car on a busy night. There is some street parking if you don't want to pay the valet fees.
I recently stayed at the JW Marriott on Canal. The location was ideal but the rooms were well worn and in serious need of an update.
The concierge lounge was good but closed on the weekend. I was given coupons for breakfast in their restaurant, Shula's Steak House, and was offered an upgrade to a full breakfast for an additional $3. I can honestly say that was the best $3 I have ever spent, the breakfast was fabulous.
Right across the street from the JW is the New Orleans Marriott, and a block away is the Renaissance. With either hotel you are getting a choice location.