This hotel is in downtown and right opposite the Hilton and surrounded by some great restaurants.... a short cab ride or 10-20 min stroll takes you to the main shopping area or into the heart of town with the likes of Bourbon St or Frenchman Street and the markets area.
On arrival a lavish lobby is a welcome for tired eyes and a relaxing place to read or just wait to meet up with your friends/colleagues and the staff are are all really friendly and inviting.
The Cocktail Bar is great for a quick drink or snack, as is Pete's.
Breakfast is a buffet and fairly limited for the rating and size of this hotel so only bothered once with this as there's plenty of local options at leat half the price and even a Starbucks around the corner.
The rooms are huge with everything you could need with space to relax, spread out, dress and get ready in the large 2 sectioned bathrooms with bath/shower mixers.
Also well sound proofed.
My only observations, more than criticisms, are that the TV only has TV channels without an EPG to tell you what's on... (apart from when first switch on) no movies, on demand/local information etc. The room also have no window views so you tend to leave the curtains closed; I didn't mind this but if you want a hotel with a view then this is not for you and from what I can tell any rooms that do have views are mostly of other buildings as this is a tower block amongst tower blocks.
If you like swimming then be prepared to be brave! Although the rooftop pool is lovely it's absolutely freezing !!! Once I was in and swimming about I soon warmed up but it's one of the coldest outdoor pools I've braved in a while and bit of a letdown for a 5 start hotel.
There is no bar/pool side service on the roof either despite the misleading room card that suggest of 'poolside service'. ...Unless if you can dial up and request items on your room but no that am aware of.
Finally the Concierge is excellent, we arranged a week of great adventures and excursions at value for money prices so would recommend taking advantage of their knowledge and ease in booking trips from the door of the hotel.
Top tip - if you want to avoid up to $10 bills for just a bottle of water in your room then there's a local newsagent/small convenience store opposite the hotel next to the Hilton.
I've stayed at a few Intercontinental Hotels sometime ago and this is up there as one of the best, if I return to New Orleans I'll be sure to stay again,
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- InterContinental New Orleans enjoys one of the city's most coveted locations: two blocks from the French Quarter, four blocks from Harrah's New Orleans, six blocks from the riverfront and come Mardi Gras time a front row spot on the St. Charles Avenue parade route. The Morial Convention Center, Uptown and the Louisiana Superdome are also within walking distance. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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