Hilton New Orleans Riverside
2 Poydras St., New Orleans, Louisiana 70140, USA
This huge luxury hotel offers up great views of the river and downtown, an impressive 90,000-square-foot health club, and some of the best char-broiled oysters in the city.
YOU SHOULD KNOW This hotel is sprawling, and has the feel of an all-inclusive resort. If extra perks and convenient amenities mean a lot to you, the Hilton is for you. Some guests will prefer a smaller hotel that feels more individual to New Orleans.
Rooms are spacious with large work desks and mini fridges, and many have wall-sized windows looking out over the river and city.
Clean, mid-sized bathrooms with shower bath combinations.
The vast lobby includes both lounging, parlor areas and work stations. Televisions at the lobby's center play sports games and news.
Extras at this resort-like hotel include gift and snack shops, a beauty salon, shoe shine stand, and individual concierge desks for guest activities and tours.
The large pool and lounge area, with its sky-high views of the city, feels like a tropical resort.
The vast recreation center is one of this hotel's best perks: enjoy a full gym, basketball, racquetball and squash courts, and even a large indoor tennis center.
Drago's, off of the lobby, is a local chain famous for their char-broiled oysters: oyster prepared on a char grill with butter, lemon, parmesan, and garlic.
The lobby bar is casual and convenient.
The hotel provides a convenient valet service. Both the St. Charles and Canal streetcar lines are within walking distance, and you can walk to the French Quarter in about 10 minutes.
Rock-n-Sake (9-minute walk) has great sushi in a casual environment. There's a Cafe Du Monde Coffee Stand (5-minute walk) in the mall if you need a quick beignet fix. For a fancier night out, book a table at the elegant Chophouse New Orleans (7-minute walk).
Harrah's Casino (2-minute walk) offers many drinking options within the casino, as well as Gordon Biersch Brewery (2-minute walk) with an outdoor patio. St. James Cheese Company (8-minute walk) has a great selection of by-the-glass wines and bottles to take back to your hotel room.
WHY WE LIKE IT
It has everything you could need from a hotel, especially if fitness is a priority for you. There's a breeze off of the river that makes hotter months a little easier here, and it's within walking distance to the Quarter and many tourist sights.
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