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Fodor's Expert Review New Orleans Marriott Hotel

555 Canal St., New Orleans, Louisiana 70130, USA See on Map

Popular with convention-goers, this skyscraper hotel towers over a busy section of Canal Street. This location lands you close to the riverfront, casino, and French Quarter sights, and rooms provide sweeping views of the city and Mississippi River.

YOU SHOULD KNOW The hotel is often crowded with convention goers, and can feel more like a business hub than a hotel with its own personality.


Rooms are small and slightly outdated for a luxury hotel, with carpeted floors, wooden writing desks, and comfortable beds.

Higher floors provide the most stunning views of the river bend, especially at sunrise.


Small standard bathrooms have shower-tub combinations and marble vanities.

"M Club" rooms gains you access to a 24/7 lounge with complimentary snacks and non alcoholic beverages (cocktails for a fee).


Guests enjoy lounge areas and a swanky bar, in a large lobby often bustling with the coming and going of guests.


This outdoor swim area is divided into two adjoining pools, with plenty of lounge chairs and fantastic views of the Mississippi River.


Treadmills and elipticals, free weights, and Nautilus equipment.


The breakfast buffet ($24) at 5Fifty5 has a nice spread, with an omelet station and other hot options. The restaurant serves casual American fare like pizzas, sandwiches, and salads for lunch and dinner.


Sip wine and cocktails at 55Farenhiet while looking out over Canal Street.


Getting Around

At $47.50, valet parking here is expensive even for a generally high-priced area. It's easy to get around the CBD and French Quarter without a car, and the streetcar on Canal Street can take you to The Garden District, Uptown, and Mid City.


Two great local chefs collaborate at Johnny Sanchez (12-minute walk) to serve up creative tacos and Mexican fusion food. Coffee and crepes at Merchant (6-minute walk) are a nice relief from Quarter joints and tourist traps.


Locals love Chart Room (4-minute walk) for its cheap beer, good sazeracs, and views of the street life from its open front windows. The copper-topped bar at Old Absinthe House (6-minute walk) will transport you back to an earlier century.


It doesn't have some of the extra comforts you might crave from a luxury hotel, but the lobby bar is a spacious, fun hangout (when there aren't too many conventions in town) and the views of the river from the city and pool deck can't be beat.




Phones: 504-581–1000;800-228–9290

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