Our stay in New Orleans could not have been any more convenient and more affordably luxurious.
Let’s start with the location. The New Orleans Marriott was very centrally located along Canal St. just on the edge of the French Quarter and a couple of blocks from the Mississippi River. Everything was within walking distance and we didn’t really even need to walk to find some of the necessities for vacationing. Shopping, cafes, entertainment and some fine dining were no more than just a few steps away.
Our room had a rather panoramic view of the Mississippi River and our destination embarkation point for our cruise ship in few days. Across the street (I’ll call it the alley) were two or three cafes and bars that stayed open almost throughout the night. I think the rule in New Orleans is if you are drinking or eating, then they stay open.
Hell, there was even live jazz and a burlesque show with absinthe tasting at Mahogany Jazz Hall in that alley, as well as Daisy Dukes, one of the best rated 24hr breakfast cafes in the area.
We really didn’t need much of anything else except some minor vacationing supplies like chapstick and shampoo that was available at two Walgreens or CVS stores just a few blocks away.
The New Orleans Marriott was also used to house high-profile persons traveling to the area as well as numerous wedding celebrations this weekend. There were always several law enforcement officials standing around (literally) in anticipation of those persons or groups to be arriving or departing. We also saw the University of Georgia Bulldog’s men’s football team passing through since we were there at the cusp of the new year.
The New Orleans Marriott was a good place to centralize our three night stay while in town. The hotel had all necessary amenities, a Starbucks coffee bar with pastries for the morning, even a sandwich grill available for the quick bite. The morning buffet was plentiful and delicious as were the menu items and drinks available in the lobby bar area. The valet area was conveniently located and an easy spot to catch a ride or load your luggage. And there was a pool and spa deck on the 5th floor that made for one of the best skating areas I have seen since I was a kid.
The rooms at the New Orleans Marriott were comfortably adorned with a big flat-screen television, refrigerator, coffee maker and such. The bed was super comfortable but the pillows (plentiful) were obnoxiously wrong; just wrong. If I remember, they were the Dacron filled type. I’m sure we could have ordered comfortable down pillows to be delivered, but we plowed through. The multi-lingual staff was attentive and super friendly.
While we visited New Orleans, all of our activities and dining were centralized nearby the hotel. Short walks in the area included Bourbon Street, the French Quarter, Jackson Square, St Louis Cathedral, Preservation Hall and more. Everything was literally a short walk. Probably our furthest walking destination became the outlet mall (Outlet Collection) along the river (at River Walk) in one direction and Central Grocery in the other. Harrah’s Casino was just a block or two away and the original Cafe Du Monde made for a nice evening sweet (best . . . by far, beignet) and coffee walk.
The New Orleans Marriott was definitely the place to be for centralizing your activities if spending only a few days in New Orleans. It is located in a convenient location and provides comfortable, safe accommodations while visiting.