Visitors to New Orleans who’d like to find accommodations near one of the city’s two airports have a wide array of hotels and motels from which to choose. Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, located in suburban Kenner, handles most commercial flights in and out of the Crescent City. Once the city’s main airport, New Orleans Lakefront, located on the shores of Lake Ponchartrain, today handles mostly general aviation.
Four Points by Sheraton New Orleans Airport
This seven-story, 220-unit hotel, located in the New Orleans suburb of Metairie, lies three miles from Louis Armstrong International Airport and 10 miles from the French Quarter. Guests who want to stay active can take advantage of the hotel’s outdoor swimming pool and its 24-hour fitness center. On-site dining options include the Pointe Grille, which serves regional cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and the M!X Lounge for pub fare and drinks between 4 p.m. and midnight daily.
Hilton New Orleans Airport
Just across the street from the international airport’s main terminal, this six-story, 317-unit Hilton property lies only 13 miles from the heart of New Orleans’ famous French Quarter. For the benefit of area residents planning a trip out of New Orleans, the hotel offers an attractively priced Sleep N’ Go package that includes one night’s accommodations and a week of parking in the hotel’s garage. The hotel’s Cafe La Salle serves up a full breakfast buffet each morning, and the Second Line Sports Edition lounge offers all the amenities of a sports bar plus a full menu of regional cuisine, featuring Cajun and Creole specialties. Guests on the go can pick up a cup of Starbucks coffee and a pastry at the River Blends coffee shop. Recreational facilities include a fitness center, swimming pool and hot tub.
Quality Inn & Suites New Orleans
Just off Exit 242 of Interstate 10 and less than two miles from Lakefront Airport, this two-story, 98-unit motel is close to the attractions of the Audubon Nature Institute and only six miles from the French Quarter. Guests traveling with pets can share quarters with their animal companions for a small additional fee. The motel has no on-site restaurant but does serve a complimentary continental breakfast each morning. Nearby restaurants include Captain Sal’s, Nicole’s Creole Cuisine and O’Cajun Seafood, all within a mile of the motel. All rooms and suites feature high-speed Internet access.
Radisson Hotel New Orleans Airport
This eight-story, 244-unit hotel lies two miles from Louis Armstrong Airport and 12 miles from center-city New Orleans. Recreational facilities include a heated outdoor swimming pool, which stays open year-round, and a 24-hour fitness center. Business travelers can put the finishing touches on projects in the hotel’s 24-hour business center, which contains computers, printers, faxes and other business equipment. Guests can choose between two on-site dining options. The 2150 Cafe serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in a relaxed but sophisticated setting, while the Bliss Cafe, just off the lobby, offers lighter fare from 1:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily.
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