Numerous business-friendly amenities such as meeting rooms and a business center
Several on-site restaurants and an upscale bar provide a variety of dining
Modern rooms are spacious with attractive decor; some have wrought-iron balconies
All rooms have flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and iPod docks
Pet-friendly (dogs only and fees apply)
Pricey valet parking only (typical among downtown hotels)
This 254-room upscale property located adjacent to Bourbon Street seamlessly blends the historic and contemporary. The fresh rooms are stocked with modern amenities, such as flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations, and free Wi-Fi -- but have unique NOLA charm thanks to high ceilings and wrought iron balconies (in most). There is a lovely pool with a poolside bar and multiple interior courtyards, as well as a nicely stocked 24-hour fitness center, and numerous meeting spaces. Three on-site restaurants, including a Hard Rock Cafe, as well as an upscale bar called Batch (which ages its own bourbon/whiskey and serves it in mini-barrel casks at your table) make this hotel a great choice for those in town for business or pleasure.
This hotel has a nice chill vibe, literally and figuratively: AC in the common areas works a little too well at times, especially when juxtaposed with the sticky heat outside (bring a sweater to the cafe, lobby, and bar). That being said, the aforementioned spaces are terrific hangouts for guests, encouraging conversation and relaxation. The lobby is large, albeit a little nondescript (stone floors, a few wall plants, and some interesting lighting panels/fixtures), but has lots of couches and chairs where guests can convene. Guests also gather in the atrium and multiple interior courtyards, which resemble backyard patios with their reddish-hued decks and occasional potted plants. There are entrances on all sides of the hotel, but the main entrance -- with its large fountain and high-flying flags -- definitely reminds visitors of the history in this town.
Nestled on the edge of Bourbon Street in the French Quarter
This hotel is in a prime downtown location for NOLA revelers of all types. Literally at the start/end of Bourbon Street (depending on which direction guests are heading) between Canal and Iberville Streets, guests are steps from all the action -- but slightly removed, so noise issues from all-night partiers are minimized. Surrounding the hotel are the shops at the Hyatt, and a typical downtown setting complete with restaurants, high-end hotels, buildings, and busy one-way streets.
Good-sized rooms with high ceilings and modern amenities
Decorated in a very pleasing slate gray, taupe, and cream color palette, these rooms give a sense of calm and class in the midst of a very urban setting. The property, though modern, still holds on to certain historic attributes: 12-foot-high ceilings make rooms seem even larger, and old-style iron rail balconies with French doors in some rooms gives an authentic feel. The bathrooms have nice marble countertops and shower/tub combos, along with quality medi-spa toiletries and even toothpaste (an uncommon extra). Wi-Fi is free.Though all rooms have space for couches, only some are pullout sofa beds -- guests should make a special request if they require one. Unsurprisingly, higher floors are quieter, especially on the street-facing sides of the hotel.
Large pool with poolside grilling, Hard Rock Cafe, and mini-barrel service in the bar
For those in town for work, the business center and event spaces (which are also available for weddings and other receptions) are convenient, with modern amenities. The property also has a nice 24-hour fitness center with multiple pieces of cardio equipment, and perks like chilled towels, water, and earphones. The pool is also a good size and has ample deck space with sun loungers and a bar. While there is no free breakfast, there is a buffet available Friday through Sunday in the on-site cafe, Powdered Sugar, and there is also poolside grilling on the weekends (hamburgers and hot dogs -- not free, but fun). The Hard Rock Cafe New Orleans is attached to the hotel, as is the upscale seafood restaurant Red Fish Grill, which serves classic Big Easy fare like gumbo and jambalaya for lunch and dinner. The Batch bar is trendy but reasonably priced and known for its "barrel service" (meaning it brews its own bourbon/whiskey and serves the libations in mini-barrels).
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