The New Orleans Port is in the heart of the Crescent City. Despite the damages of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the port is thriving and offering services on many leading cruiselines. In fact, the New Orleans port is home to the longest wharf in the world. Many of the area hotels that service the port are located centrally within walking distance to the city's famed French Quarter and Bourbon Street. Finding a fun hotel near the port and the rest of the city's fun attractions will make your cruise experience an enjoyable one. Here are a few of the hotel options you'll have on your next trip to New Orleans.
Not surprisingly, you'll find many big name hotels here. Given the port's location and proximity to the French Quarter, major hotel brands have built up around the area to capitalize on the success of the annual Mardi Gras festival. Major brand hotels can offer you consistency and take the guess work out of booking. A guest can expect to find the same pricing, amenities, decor and features in these brands no matter where they stay. Though you may be trading New Orleans flare for predictability, these hotels all offer comfortable to luxurious rooms with reputable services. Brands you'll know and recognize here include Marriott, Embassy Suites, Hilton Garden, SpringHill Suites, Hampton Inn and Suites, and Hilton.
Something a Little Different
If you're up to a risk, consider booking a room at one of the boutique hotels and independently owned resorts around New Orleans and in the port area. Here are a couple of the hotels that other New Orlean's guests rave about.
Loews Hotel & Resort
High rising in the Crescent City's skyline, Loews Hotel and Resort offers an urban chic interior and world class customer service. Though this hotel is part of a chain, there are only a few locations nationwide, which allows Loews to continue to capture the essence of the city in which it serves. The hotel is just shy of 300 rooms and is rated four diamonds by AAA. The rooms are large; in fact, the largest hotel room in the Big Easy is found here. Live entertainment in the lobby and light fare at Cafe Adelaide offer a center of activity within the hotel. You'll also find a fitness center, child care, swimming pool and business center here.
Plaza Suite Hotel
For a true taste of something different, try the Plaza Suite Hotel. This hotel serves as a full service resort offering food, entertainment and lodging. Offering one and two bedroom suites, this is the ideal place for a one or two full day stay before your cruise. The interior design is purely French New Orleans. The resort offers suite services appropriate for a long term stay should you want to extend your stay in the city a bit longer.
Located in the Arts district, this hotel is just blocks from the French Quarter and cruise port, and is also adjacent to the newly built Harrah's Casino. You'll find pure old world charm here, mingled with modern conveniences and amenities.