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Summary


Pros

  • Convenient CBD location within walking distance of many attractions and restaurants
  • Elegant rooms with tasteful contemporary decor, most with sofas or armchairs
  • Spacious suites with separate living rooms, some are duplexes
  • French fare and cocktails at on-site restaurant and bar
  • Modern fitness center and in-room workout kits
  • Four meeting rooms
  • Kids get backpack with games upon arrival and free cookies and milk
  • Free Wi-Fi in lobby

Cons

  • Fee for in-room Wi-Fi (free for Select Guest members)
  • Steep daily parking fee (both valet and self parking)
  • No business center
  • No pool

Bottom Line

The 202-room Omni Riverfront Hotel is an elegant, upscale property housed in a former rice mill in the Central Business District, within walking distance of the French Quarter and many attractions. Features include a chic restaurant and bar serving French fare, four meeting rooms, and a small but well-equipped fitness center. Modern rooms are tastefully appointed in soft neutrals, though in-room Wi-Fi is for a fee. Kids are well catered for with a bunch of freebies such as games and cookies. There's no pool, though; for that, consider the nearby Hilton New Orleans Riverside, which has two outdoor pools and a larger fitness center.

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Scene

Restored rice mill with elegant, classy interiors

This hotel, located in a former rice mill, has classic interiors with elegant decor elements, such as ornate chandeliers and plus sofas and armchairs

The Omni Riverfront Hotel, which completed an $8 million renovation in 2014, offers elegant interiors in a former rice mill. Guests get glimpses into the hotel’s past life from the front façade, while interiors mix industrial-chic and more traditonal elements. Exposed brick walls, wood beams, and long windows lend an airy, loft-like feel, and the restaurant also has beautiful wooden herringbone floors. The classy, polished lobby is adorned with ornate chandeliers, gleaming tile floors, mirrored rectangular pillars, and elegant sofas and armchairs.

The hotel isn’t exactly riverfront -- and guest rooms facing the Mississippi get a view instead of its iconic bridge -- but its proximity to the cruise line terminals makes it a popular stay for cruisers. Convention-goers, though, are likely to be disappointed in the lack of a business center and in the daily fee charged for in-room Wi-Fi (though members of the hotel's free loyalty program don't have to pay).

Location

Convenient CBD location close to convention center, cruise line terminals, restaurants, and several attractions

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The hotel is located in the Central Business District (CBD) and directly across the street from the Riverwalk complex, which houses the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, the Museum of the American Cocktail, and dozens of shops. Business travelers are frequent guests as the CBD is full of corporations, foreign consulates, and the city’s convention center (a five-minute walk away) as well as the Superdome. While not directly on the Mississippi River, the property is a block behind it, and is a quick walk to the Erato and Julia street cruise line terminals. Several attractions are within walking distance, including Harrah’s Casino (four-minute walk), the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas (eight-minute walk), and the Insectarium (10-minute walk), while the French Quarter and the myriad dining options and bars lining Bourbon Street can also be reached on foot (around a 20-minute walk) or via streetcar that stops nearby. The Louis Armstrong International Airport is about a 25-minute drive away.

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Rooms

Chic rooms with elegant decor; suites have a loft-like appeal

The spacious Luxury Suite features chic, streamlined decor in a neutral color palette

Rooms and suites are elegant and tastefully appointed with modern, streamlined furniture and a neutral color palette of gray and cream hues. Beds framed in large cream-colored headboards are dressed with pillow-top mattresses and plush goose down duvets. All rooms have flat-screen TVs, work desks, tea- and coffee-making facilities, telephones, and iHome radios, plus many have sofas or armchairs. Bathrooms are small, but clean and modern, with black granite-topped vanities and roomy cabinetry; many have shower/tub combos rather than walk-in showers. Rooms overlook the courtyard (which doubles as a driveway) with glimpses of the Crescent City Connector Bridge, or have city views facing away from the river. Suites (some of which are duplexes) have large separate living rooms furnished with sofas and armchairs as well as wet bars. Cribs are free upon request, and there's a fee for extra beds.

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Features

Restaurant and bar, fitness center, freebies for kids, meeting rooms, and pricey parking

On-site features include four attractive meeting rooms, though there is no business center

The hotel’s elegant restaurant, Fulton Street Bistro and Bar, serves French fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as cocktails and a variety of drinks. The 24-hour fitness center is a bit small, but well-equipped with cardio machines, free weights, and exercise balls, plus free towels and water are on hand. The hotel also provides in-room workout kits. Kids are well catered to by the hotel’s Omni Sensational Kids program that includes a gift of a game-filled backpack upon check-in and a delivery of cookies and milk on the first night. For business travelers, there are four meeting rooms available, though there’s no business center on-site. The hotel offers valet parking, or there’s self parking available across the street, but both options are pricey. Wi-Fi is free in the lobby, but incurs an added fee in-room (free for Select Guest members).

Amenities

Key Features
Fitness Center
Internet
Pets Allowed
Cribs
Hotel Services
Concierge
Dry Cleaning
Laundry
Room Service
Pets Allowed
Family Services
Cribs
Kids Allowed
Things to Do
Fitness Center
Room Features
Air Conditioner
Television
Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space
Internet
Address
701 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans, Louisiana 70130, United States
Phone (504) 524-8200
Also Known As
  • Wyndham Riverfront New Orleans
Room Types
  • Corner Room
  • Deluxe Room
  • Historic Room
  • Hospitality Suite
  • Loft Suite

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