The Audubon Nature Institute, a facility in New Orleans with an aquarium, zoo and insectarium, features habitats with marine and land animals such as penguins, stingrays, butterflies, jaguars, whooping cranes and white alligators. New Orleans, a city known for its Mardi Gras parades, also features World War II and Mardi Gras museums, historic cemeteries and plantations, swamps and riverboat tours that sit within a short drive of the nature institute. Many hotels in the area feature European-style designs. Neighborhood hotels offer amenities for different types of travelers, including Creole-style restaurants.
Prytania Park Hotel
Located about four miles from the nature institute, the Prytania Park Hotel sits about a mile from the French Quarter, an area filled with jazz clubs, street performers and historic mansions. The European-style hotel, which sits on the site of a former boarding house, features courtyards with benches. Hotel staff members assist you on booking a spot on a ghost, swamp or plantation sightseeing tour. The hotel sits within a short walk of area restaurants, such as Emeril's Delmonico's, a four-diamond Creole restaurant that serves octopus, lamb meatballs and rabbit crepes. A spiral staircase leads up to the hotel’s standard and Victorian-style guest rooms, many of which have armoires and dressers for guests to store their clothing. Some rooms have walk-in closet spaces. A selection of rooms offer balconies with views of Prytania Street.
Renaissance New Orleans Art Hotel
Found in a former warehouse, the Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel is about 4.9 miles from the nature institute. The hotel sits less than a mile from the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, an American art museum with pieces from Southern artists such as Benny Andrews. Vibrantly colored paintings, done by Southern artists and displayed in a lobby art gallery, create an artistic effect in the hotel. The hotel also has guest rooms and suites displaying glass sculptures. People use the hotel’s rooftop swimming pool during any month of the year. The hotel’s Creole restaurant, which has an outdoor patio area, offers seafood dishes and an oyster bar. For their rooms, guests rent Nintendo games. Some suites come with access to a private lounge with free hors d’oeuvres and continental breakfasts. For large groups and families, suites have multiple bathrooms. The hotel offers packages that include items such as a casino voucher, tickets to theatrical performances or an in-room breakfast.
New Orleans Marriott at the Convention Center
Located about 4.9 miles from the city’s nature institute, the New Orleans Marriott at the Convention Center is found near family attractions such as the Louisiana Children’s Museum, a facility with art stations, a climbing wall and a theater with daily story times. The hotel features a Southern-style atrium restaurant located inside the courtyard that serves food such as barbecue chicken, shrimp gumbo, Mississippi mud pie, artichoke dip and Eggs Benedict. Some guest rooms or suites have marble counter tops or dining room tables. In the hotel’s guest rooms and suites, order pay-per-view movies.
Omni Royal Crescent Hotel
The Omni Royal Crescent Hotel is about 5 miles from the nature institute. The hotel is a little over a half mile from the National World War II Museum. The hotel’s guest rooms and suites come with bathrobes for adults. Many of the hotel’s suites have parlors with couches, arm chairs and flat-screen TVs. The hotel also features a sundeck for guests and a 24-hour fitness center. The hotel’s restaurant offers cuisine such as hamburgers, soup and crab cakes. The facility’s continental breakfast includes Starbucks coffee options. Some packages include items such as bottles of champagne or wine, a complimentary breakfast or tickets to attractions such as the World War II Museum. Children get backpacks, playing cards and key chains.
- Prytania Park Hotel: Contact Us
- Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel: Printable Hotel Fact Sheet
- New Orleans Marriott at the Convention Center: Location
- Omni Royal Crescent Hotel: Map and Directions
- Official Tourism Site for the City of New Orleans: Things to See and Do
- Frommer’s: New Orleans Attractions
- US News and World Report: New Orleans: Top 14 Things to Do