Any hotel recommendations or thing not to miss?
The food..the food...the food...Be ready to work off the weight, because you don't want to miss out on the food!!!
I've stayed at a dozen hotels in New Orleans: Renaissance Père Marquette, JW Marriott, The Saint Autograph Collection & the Renaissance Arts all stood out!
Let's tag our resident NOLA expert in here seatexan, as you wouldn't want to miss out on her advice! Great hotel suggestions from verysuiteboy. The food is extraordinary, just as painedplatinum suggests, so I will scratch my head for a few drink memories...
- Pimm's Cup at Napoleon House
- Sazerac at The Sazerac Bar at The Roosevelt Hotel
As for an extraordinary breakfast, I love Eggs Cochon (pork and eggs benedict) at the Ruby Slipper.
I am certain seatexan can lino you to one of her previous NOLA guides - trust her, she knows.
As does razorbackfan.
Here are some New Orleans threads you might find useful, as well as the information other Insiders have already provided!
Enjoy your trip - we'd love to get an update afterwards on where you ended up staying and what you did
New Orleans Options
Staycation in New Orleans
A Visit to the Big Easy (New Orleans)
Lounge Review: JW Marriott New Orleans
New Orleans Marriott hotels
Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse and of course beignets at Café du Monde. We also did a carriage ride around the French Quarter at nighttime, and it was very enjoyable.
Arnaud's and The French 75 Club made for a wonderful dinner too! My bride and I thoroughly enjoyed it!!!
How long do you plan on staying?
Everyone above offered some great hotels. New Orleans has the most Marriott properties in 1 sq mile than any other city and now with Starwood, there are even more!
I prefer close to the French Quarter but not SO CLOSE as to be bothered by it. If you haven't been, then staying very close or in the FQ is a good idea. I go so much I no longer want to be IN it .
VERY Close to the French Quarter
Boutique Hotels New Orleans | Renaissance New Orleans
New Orleans Boutique Hotels | Q&C HotelBar New Orleans, Autograph Collection
French Quarter Hotels
French Quarter New Orleans hotel | New Orleans Marriott
French Quarter Suites Hotel | JW Marriott New Orleans
The Boutique hotels will give you more of that New Orleans feel.
Things not to miss...well I am totally! going to echo nationwide and say the Napoleon House!!! <3
Napoleon House - New Orleans, Louisiana They make some really wonderful drinks.
There is also Pat O'Brien's and the dueling pianos! Serious fun! TIP: If you return the cup your drink came in, you get money back on the cup ($2 - I think). But you need to ASK for it when you return the cup. The bartenders play dumb . Of course it is yours to keep as a souvenir too.
If you like music then Preservation Hall is where all that jazz can be heard. It was established to Protect, Preserve and Perpetuate that wonderful sound. I recommend you reserve a seat, but you don't have to.
The 25 Classic Restaurants Every New Orleanian Must Try - Eater New Orleans
This link above pretty much sums it up. It has all the classics listed. AND a map telling you where they are.
New Orleans also has one of the BEST WWII museums there. Ever expanding, incredibly well done. I go at least once a year.
Home | The National WWII Museum | New Orleans
It is hard to cover everything this magical city has to offer. I go often and there is always something I haven't done yet. If you have any questions, just ask!
Thank you for all the great input. We will be staying three weeknights toward the end of September. The Saint hotel and Q&C have the best rates. They do not have all the Platinum perks but how is the complimentary breakfast?
We stayed at the Q & C a couple of weeks ago for a conference at the Intercontinental. The staff is very friendly. It definitely has a boutique vibe. Wood floors and original brick walls in the rooms. They do recognize status and Gold/Plat get comp breakfast in bar tickets (no upcharge). Menu is limited, but good breakfast sandwich, omelette, and fresh fruit are included. A few small cleaning issues were quickly resolved by the staff, especially Michael, who was wonderful. Most of my associates also greatly enjoyed the experience at the Q & C. It is a few blocks off of canal, so relatively close to the Quarter.
I chose points over the breakfast so glad you were able to answer scrapper1994
Why points over breakfast?
Because these places are LEGIT for breakfast...and super close
Dine In | Take Out | Jimmy J's Cafe | New Orleans, LA https://www.therubyslippercafe.net/
The Ruby Slipper Cafe
I enjoyed the Q&C vibe. I also found that when you called down and needed anything, they were very fast! Unlike the larger more main stream Marriott properties.
I did get upgraded to a larger room which was really nice. The bathrooms are small but functional. The shower... heh, well I got water all over the place! there was no door, just that horrible 1/2 glass design. Request Extra towels.
The price and location are wonderful, so is the staff.
There are 2 parts to this hotel which did confuse me at first. There is the main part where the check in desk and bar are, and the 2nd building is across the street (the pet friendly side). I stayed in the main building.
seatexan one of my fav places for a greasy, no frills breakfast is at Clover Grill
Thanks for the link! Great prices too! I do love me some good ol' greasy no frills breakfast!!!
I heard that the Court of Two Sisters had an excellent breakfast so made reservations.... I was so disappointed!!! AND it was pricey. Hole in the wall is where it is at!
We stayed at the Renaissance Pere Marquette and loved it! Highly recommend everything about it! Great elite perks, too! Just a short walk from The French Quarter - outside of the chaos This was our first visit since Hurricane Katrina. Our before Katrina New Orleans memories were of a daytime visit in May 2005 with 2 young boys in-tow. We loved sight-seeing in the French Quarter, Cafe Du Monde and the parades, both in 2005 w/kids and in 2016, w/o. This time, however, we found the Bourbon Street area smelly, dirty, congested, and loud (in not a good way) - the crowd of on-street drinkers were not pleasant, including many beggars and other questionable types. C
Boutique Hotels New Orleans | Renaissance New Orleans
Yeah the FQ (mainly around Bourbon) is not what it once was and I am not sure how the city can clean it up. I very much enjoy it in the day (away from Bourbon Street). I like the art galleries, antique shops and the little boutique places.
We visited N.O. just before Thanksgiving and had an amazing Nawlin's-style Thanksgiving dinner at Sammy's Food Service and Deli, featured on Diners, Dives and Drive-ins (ie. not fancy) - with oyster cornbread stuffing and pumpkin bread pudding. The Deli was packed with regulars and tourists so we were able to see what others were eating and everyone was loving it! The burgers and Poboys looked very tasty and plentiful, as was our dinner. C
We've stayed at a bunch of New Orleans hotels. And since the renovation and the addition of the M Club at the New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal Street, is our hands down favorite. The M Club is the best one we have been in. Open 24 hours and the food is fantastic, 7 days a week and the breakfast is probably the best we have had at any Marriott property in the world. And that says a lot since the EL's in throughout Europe are outstanding.
The food in NOLA is some of the best. Galatoire's is outstanding...men must wear jackets and no tennis shoes allowed. It is a short walk from the Marriott. Then if you are looking for a really good Po Boy try Mahony's Po-Boy Shop. Best fried shrimp po boy in the city and the onion rings are thin and crispy, some of the best I have ever had. Casamento's for oysters if you go in September. They close from May though August.
Being from Louisiana I could go on forever. Just found Mahony's last year and I am sold.
Zunilily46 - did you get any type of room upgrade at the canal street Marriott? We will be staying one night midweek after a cruise and I'm hoping to get a nice upgrade as we will be celebrating our Anniversary!
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