The Best Family Hotel in New Orleans

We are planning to vacation in New Orleans in late March (after Mardi

gras), with our two daughters (11 and 7). Need information about a

luxury, children-friendly hotel. I want the best there is for my

family, price is no object.

Would also like to know about activities while we are there.



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  1. Hello drappier,

    Its nice to have an opportunity to answer another of your questions.

    It is no problem to find fine hotels that are family friendly in New

    Orleans, far enough away from Bourbon street so as not to create a

    problem with children and yet convenient enough to the attractions a

    fine restaurants the city has to offer.

    New Orleans Visitor's Guide mentions:

    http://www.neworleanscvb.com/new_site/visitor/visfaminfo.cfm

    "Rollicking streetcars and the Roman Candy Man. Lively parades with

    giant floats and marching bands. Fireworks, colorful museums, and

    spooky haunted houses. Nature centers, petting zoos, aquariums, and

    riverboat rides – is this the Magic Kingdom? No, this is New Orleans,

    with a rich cultural heritage added for spice and flavor – a total

    package that must be experienced first-hand to be appreciated. And,

    more and more, families from around the country are bringing their

    children to New Orleans to do just that.

    Long perceived as solely an adult town, perceptions of the Crescent

    City are expanding. The number of adults traveling with children has

    risen greatly during the last few years as visitation to family

    tourist attractions like the Aquarium of the Americas, the Louisiana

    Children's Museum, Audubon Zoo, the Louisiana Nature and Science

    Center, and City Park has steadily increased…"

    You'll find a wealth of suggestions for activities on their pages,

    however their family pages do not offer recommendations for family

    style hotels and accommodations.

    New Orleans Kids has a section on places to stay for traveling

    families:

    http://www.neworleanskids.com/stay.html

    There are quite a few listed and many good choices on this page. The

    Royal St. Charles caught my eye:

    Royal St. Charles Hotel

    The Royal St. Charles Hotel is New Orleans' newest upscale family

    hotel … a European-style boutique hotel featuring modern amenities,

    spacious guest rooms and continental breakfast.

    Ideally situated for both the family travelers, the Royal St. Charles

    hotel is minutes to New Orleans fine dining, shopping, and

    entertainment and children's activities.

    http://www.royalstcharles.com/

    The Royal St. Charles Hotel is New Orleans' newest upscale hotel … a

    European-style boutique hotel featuring modern amenities, spacious

    guest rooms and continental breakfast.

    Ideally situated for both the business or leisure traveler, the Royal

    St. Charles hotel is minutes to New Orleans fine dining, shopping, and

    entertainment.

    Another choice would be Hotel Le Cirque:

    http://www.neworleansfinehotels.com/hotellecirque/

    New Orleans, one of the most vibrant and diverse cities in the world,

    takes pride in its rich French and American heritage. The scenic

    French Quarter, with its stunning 19th century architecture and 21st

    century attitude and intensity, contrast with the stately elegance and

    sophistication of the city's famous Garden District. Between these

    strongholds of New Orleans flavor one finds the Lee Circle area, the

    heart of the city's blossoming Warehouse/Arts District. A stones-throw

    from the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Contemporary Arts Center

    and the spectacular National D-Day Museum sits Hotel LeCirque—the

    latest addition to this vivacious, funky part of New Orleans, with its

    many galleries, shops and restaurants.

    LeCirque is located within easy walking distance to the Julia Street

    art galleries, Louisiana Children 's Museum, the Ernest N. Morial

    Convention Center, the Louisiana Superdome and the New Orleans Arena.

    Zipping to the French Quarter or Garden District are likewise a

    breeze, thanks to the famous St. Charles Streetcar that travels in

    front of the hotel; it is the quintessential way to see New Orleans!

    At carnival time, Hotel LeCirque offers unrivaled views of more than

    23 Mardi Gras parades.

    New Orleans kids has many recommendations, as I mentioned and would be

    well worth your time to peruse. In speaking of Fine Hotels in New

    Orleans, they say:

    New Orleans Fine Hotels

    Pelham Hotel, St. James Hotel, Lafayette Hotel, Parc St. Charles

    Hotel, Hotel LeCirque`

    The above hotels are just a short stroll to the Aquarium of the

    America's, D-Day & Confederate Museum, New Orleans Children's Museum,

    Audubon Zoo and of course the Mississippi River.

    Conveniently located in the Central Business District, these hotels

    are also an excellent choice for family travel!

    For more information or to reserve a package,

    visit their website at: http://www.NewOrleansFineHotels.com

    Of course, New Orleans Kids also makes suggestions for family

    activities including the Aquarium-Zoo cruise, Steamboats and Honey

    Island Swamp:

    The kids will love a tour through Honey Island Swamp! Only 40 minutes

    from downtown New Orleans, The guides at Dr. Paul's Honey Island Swamp

    tours take you into the swamp where your family will see all kinds of

    wildlife.

    Take the time on your next visit to New Orleans to enjoy the beautiful

    and peaceful surroundings of this nature preserve. The guides live on

    the swamp and know the names of the alligators .. and Sue's home

    cooking is fantastic! (Reservations are required–make sure it says

    Dr. Paul's!)

    And speaking of things to do, an excellent list can be found at All

    About New Orleans"

    http://www.allabout-neworleans.com/whattosee.html

    "New Orleans is home to some great attractions, sites and activities.

    Some of these attractions are well know and touristy while others are

    a little less known but non the less, worthwhile to visit. It is a

    little more difficult to find information about New Orleans

    attractions as opposed to other destinations so we have outlined some

    of the best offered here in New Orleans…"

    Some of the ones that caught my eye with a family bent are:

    Carousel Gardens – This amusement park has a New Orleans treasure as

    its centerpiece – a carousel from 1906 that is on the National

    Register of Historic Places. One of the few remaining authentic carved

    wooden carousels in the country, it was lovingly restored in the late

    1980s: each horse was shipped to expert artisans in Connecticut.

    Surrounding it are a roller coaster, tilt-a-whirl, Ferris wheel,

    bumper cars, and other rides. A miniature train takes adults and

    children throughout the area on its own track, and there is a wading

    pool with bronze statuary. General admission $3; unlimited ride

    ticket $8. Hrs vary by season; closed in winter except for last 3 wks

    of Dec. and the 1st wk of Jan., and when park is rented out for

    parties. City Park, (504) 483-9356.

    Hermann-Grima House – One of the largest and best-preserved examples

    of American architecture in the Quarter, this house has the only

    restored private stable and the only working 1830s Creole kitchen in

    the Quarter. Cooking demonstrations on the open hearth are held here

    all day Thursday from October through May. You'll want to check the

    gift shop, which has many local crafts and books. $6; $10 combination

    ticket with the Gallier House. Tours Mon.-Sat. 10-3:30. 820 St. Louis

    St., (504) 525-5661.

    And the Jazzland Theme Park – 6600 Plaza Drive, Suite 206 New Orleans,

    LA 70127, General Information 1-504-242-0220. Jazzland will be a

    140-acre amusement park in New Orleans showcasing the unique culture

    of Louisiana. The high quality attraction will offer 31 outstanding

    amusement rides, spectacular shows, scrumptious food and a variety of

    live music – everything that makes New Orleans a world-class

    destination. All of this will be presented in the clean, safe

    environment of a first-class family theme park. The Jazzland

    experience is for every member of the family, appealing to both locals

    and tourists.

    Back to hotels…

    http://www.new-orleans-hotel-reservations-and-lodging.com/new-orleans-family-travel.html

    has the following to say about family travel and accommodations in New

    Orleans:

    "New Orleans Family Travel

    It's probably not in a parent's best interest to drag the kids to

    Bourbon Street (the French Quarter's main drag), unless you want to

    take them to a souvenir shop for Mardi Gras beads. Otherwise, Bourbon

    Street should be left to those in search of an all-night party.

    But, this certainly doesn't rule out the French Quarter as a

    family-friendly destination. Just a hop, skip and a jump away from

    Bourbon Street awaits Jackson Square, where the kids are sure to be

    dazzled by the mimes, artists, dancers and magicians.

    More and more families have been visiting New Orleans over the past

    few years. With a steady increase in family-friendly tourist

    attractions, including the Aquarium of the Americas, the Louisiana

    Children's Museum, Audubon Zoo and City Park, the city has watched the

    number of adults traveling with children take off.

    If money is of no concern here, go ahead and book a room in the

    Quarter. The Maison de Ville and Audubon Cottages is a great place to

    start. Or try the Hotel Provincial, a luxury hotel with two pools, a

    courtyard and tropical patios – perfect for the kids.

    Staying downtown, adjacent to the Quarter, is a family's best bet.

    Still within walking distance to all that the Quarter has to offer,

    you'll be in close proximity to Riverwalk, the Aquarium and other

    family attractions. Not only that, but you'll escape the late-night

    clamor of festive partiers.

    Other accommodations include The Avenue Plaza Hotel (closer to the

    Garden District), the Days Inn Canal and the Radisson Hotel-New

    Orleans…"

    I also checked at Frommer's, the travel experts and searched family in

    New Orleans. After rejecting a number of their accommodations and not

    particularly family friendly, I found this description of the Hilton

    New Orleans Riverside:

    http://www.frommers.com/destinations/moreaccom.cfm?h_id=33414&directory=neworleans&destID=20&p_id=33414&tn=accommodation&search_type=

    "The Hilton is in the neighborhood of the Windsor Court but in a more

    central location–right at the riverfront near the World Trade Center

    of New Orleans, the New Orleans Convention Center, and the Aquarium.

    It's a self-contained complex of nearly a dozen restaurants, bistros,

    and bars; two gift shops; a full and exceptional racquet and health

    club; a huge exhibition space; and no fewer than 38 conference rooms.

    In addition, Harrah's Casino and the Riverwalk Marketplace are

    accessible from the hotel's lobby, which contains a nine-story atrium.

    Given all that, this is a top choice for families–there is much in

    the way of child-friendly entertainment right in the hotel or within a

    block or two. Guest rooms are spacious, and many have fabulous views

    of the river or the city."

    Having stayed there for business a few years ago, I can recommend this

    from personal experience. It might be an ideal choice for you, but do

    check availability as it is a favorite choice for conventioneers.

    I won't even mention restaurants as you will have no problem finding

    fabulous eating adventures on your stay. Ask anyone at your hotel for

    recommendations.

    Search Strategy:

    "new orleans" +family +hotel

    "new orleans" +family OR kids +"best hotel"

    best family hotel +"new orleans"

    I hope this has provided you with quality choices for both

    accommodations and activities on your stay. If a link above should

    fail to work or anything require further explanation or research,

    please do post a Request for Clarification and I will be pleased to

    assist further.

    Regards,

    -=clouseau=-

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