Value Watch: New Orleans Marriott
Photos courtesy of the New Orleans Marriott
Story by Olga Bas
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.