Hotels Near the Cruise Port in New Orleans, Louisiana

by Tricia Chaves

Local cruise tours and major cruise lines Carnival, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean offer service from the Port of New Orleans. The port is located 15 minutes from downtown New Orleans where you’ll find casinos, Bourbon Street, live music, dining and historic sites. The hotels within a cab ride of the port offer accommodations for every price range.

Hampton Inn and Suites

The Hampton Inn and Suites is located 1.1 miles north of the Port of New Orleans. Accommodations include love seats and work desks, plush down pillows and coverlets, and a neutral color palette in shades of blue and beige. Choose from a single room with a desk and microfridge or a two-room suite featuring a full kitchen and separate living and sleeping rooms. Purchase necessities in the on-site convenience store. A spacious sundeck with lounge seating and bistro tables surrounds the large, rectangular outdoor pool. Loupy’s Crabs sells gourmet take-out seafood, sandwiches, soups and salads less than half a mile away. The Mikado Japanese Restaurant serves sushi and is within walking distance. The hotel is situated in the Elmwood Business Park, which also has a 20-screen cinema.

TownePlace Suites

Rooms at the pet-friendly TownePlace Suites, 1.6 miles north of the Port of New Orleans, range from studio to two-bedroom suites. If you need more space for long-term leisure or business stays, consider suites with full kitchens or home office studios rooms with extra large work spaces. The hotel serves a morning breakfast with waffles and hot sandwiches. Restaurants in the surrounding area include a sports bar and American, Cajun, French and Italian cuisine. Guest amenities include a fitness center, outdoor pool, barbecue area, laundry room and business center.

Brent House Hotel

The Brent House Hotel is located 3.4 miles southeast of the Port of New Orleans. The hotel originally opened in 1954 for patients of the Ochsner Health System and their families and later became a luxurious AAA Three Diamond-rated property. Rooms have a mix of modern and traditional furnishings in shades of chocolate and grand tiled bathrooms with granite vanity counter tops. Pick up snack foods in the coffee shop or enjoy a meal in the on-site Café Zucchini. The six-story atrium lobby has tropical plants and areas to lounge. Palm trees surround the outdoor L-shaped pool and hot tub. The fitness center includes dumbbells, elliptical trainers, stationary bikes and treadmills. Get a new look for your trip at the beauty salon and barber shop inside the hotel.

Express Inn and Suites

The Express Inn and Suites offers budget motel-style accommodations just 3.4 miles southeast of the Port of New Orleans. Guest rooms include kitchenettes with microwaves and mini-fridges. Deep-colored wood furniture includes side tables, workdesk and the traditional headboard that crowns the sateen coverlet-topped beds. Call in delivery from one of three pizzerias nearby: Pizza Hut, Domino’s or the local Mo’s Pizza on Avenue H. Other budget-friendly eats within walking distance include Burger King, McDonald’s, Subway, Taco Bell and a Piggly Wiggly grocery.

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