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JW Marriott New Orleans

Standing guard at the French Quarter

It’s all about location for the JW Marriott in New Orleans. More of a business traveler’s hotel (located directly between the French Quarter and Business District), it’s worth a second glance for visitors who want to be close to the action – but still escape for a quiet night’s sleep. A short sashay from New Orleans' most sought-after attractions, its most compelling feature is the expansive view of the Mississippi River and proximity to the French Quarter.

JW Marriott New OrleansIn 2010 this four start hotel underwent a major décor overhaul, which refreshed the guest rooms and graced the public spaces with the work of local artists. There are two dining options – Canal Street Grill and the Lobby Lounge – as well as room service. Regardless of which option you choose, you’ll be delighted with the attentive service – these folks know how to make you feel special. I especially loved that tipping was accepted with a genuine smile and a thank you.

Heading to New Orleans, my credit cards were stolen and I was left with no way to pay for my hotel stay. Steven at the front desk was an incredible help, dialoging with my husband back in Canada to ensure I had everything I needed while payment details were worked out. Kudos to Marriott hotels for hiring such thoughtful and caring staff.

The rooms at JW

rooms within the JW MarriottThe hotel was built in 1984 and houses 487 rooms (along with 7 suites) and is currently the 5th largest hotel in New Orleans. The deluxe king rooms (ending in 09 and 04) have extra windows. To truly appreciate the view, ask for a room on a higher floor. Bathrooms are small but the rooms are decent-sized with plush beds and a quaint seating area in front of the windows.

As a business traveler, I didn’t spend much time in my room but lounging in a plush bathrobe while sipping my morning coffee and watching the sun rise over the harbor – my idea of bliss.

Serenity Spa

New Orleans room with a viewThough not part of the hotel, the spa is accessible off the lounge and restaurant area without going outside. It’s a small, boutique spa (no sauna or whirlpool) and you’ll have to arrive and leave dressed in street clothes – but I think it’s worth a visit.

I chose the deep tissue massage and my therapist, Leslie, delivered an outstanding treatment. The spa is quiet and Leslie’s touch was on point – allowing me to rest while she tortured worked my muscles. If you’re Canadian and claim your massages on your health insurance, the state of Louisiana requires all massage therapists (unless they’re delivering a sexual massage) to be registered – so save your receipt.

For more information, visit SerenitySpa.com.

Close by the JW Marriott

While I was in New Orleans I enjoyed a walking tour of the city but I also set off each morning before my meetings for a walk to the harbor. Before you leave the hotel, ask for a paper map to help you get your bearings when you get turned around – yes, you will get turned around. There's another Marriott hotel across Canal Street so if you get lost, be sure to tell your rescuer which one you’re looking for.

Palace Cafe New Orleans

  • Palace Café – Directly across the street, you’ll find modern Creole cuisine in a fun, upscale restaurant. We dined on the top floor and enjoyed a taste of New Orleans cuisine – the Banana’s Foster is a must. Owned and operated by Dickie Brennan of the famed New Orleans restaurant family.
  • The Spa at Ritz Carlton – I plan to visit here when I return on my next visit. If you’ve already been, I’d love to hear what you thought.
  • Café Du Monde – The best place in the world to enjoy coffee and beignets. Order yours to go and find a park bench in Jackson Square to enjoy to the fullest potential.
  • French Market – My favorite place to stroll through miles of kitschy and creative stuff. This is New Orleans, baby.

If it’s time to get your Mardi Gras on, visit the JW Marriott New Orleans online for booking info. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter or with 970 reviews on TripAdvisor, a 83% happy rank.

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thank you this was very helpful in that we are first timers headed there for Wrestlemania in april!!

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