Value Watch: New Orleans Marriott
Pack those chaps because the Big Easy is getting ready for Southern Decadence, the infamous gay festival that adds a sexy, raucous edge to the French Quarter over Labor Day weekend. Decadence, also known as the Gay Mardi Gras, runs Sept. 2-7 with talent contests, live music, pageants, and Bourbon Street parties and the New Orleans Marriott is getting in on the fun with a fall discount.
Room rates start at $84 a night (based on double occupancy; tax and service charges not included) through Oct. 15; the price also includes the Marriott Passport to Savings booklet with more than $500 in offers for NoLa's restaurants and attractions. Book your stay through the Marriott website or call 1.888.364.1200 and ask for rate code ADV.
The 41-story hotel towers over the French Quarter with 1,275 rooms and 54 suites. General room amenities include down comforters and pillows, tea service, a refrigerator, and a washer/dryer. In addition to a heated outdoor pool and fitness center, the hotel has several restaurants and lounges located on its sprawling premises -- 55 Fahrenheit serves lunch and dinner accompanied by a 200-bottle wine list, 5 Fifty 5 focuses on regional cuisine, and the on-site Starbucks provides fuel for round-the-clock partying.
Travel tip: Bring an empty plastic bottle with you to the airport. Since security won't let you bring liquids through, you can fill it at a water fountain after passing the checkpoint.