Kenner and Metairie, sandwiched between north New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain, are the two areas that offer the most motel choices. Almost every chain is represented and some suffer from guests who come to the city to party. Expect rates to go up and rooms to be hard to find at all motels within 25 miles of New Orleans during Mardi Gras.
Hilton Garden Inn
Hilton Garden Inn is adjacent to the Pontchartrain Convention Center and separated from Lake Pontchartrain by a high levee. A riverboat casino is a short walk away and restaurants line the street into Kenner, to the south. The AAA three-diamond property offers suites and standard rooms and provides free high-speed Internet access with remote printing options for documents. The on-site restaurant serves breakfast and dinner, and room service is available in the evening. An airport shuttle operates daily.
Renovated in 2010, the Ramada Metairie is just off Interstate 10 north of New Orleans near the entrance to the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. Moderately priced standard rooms at the motel are equipped with free high-speed Internet, and complimentary breakfast, served daily, includes hot items like eggs and sausage. This Ramada is a courtyard-style property with an outdoor swimming pool. Lakeside Shopping Mall and Acme Oyster House are within walking distance. The motel provides an airport shuttle on a limited-space available basis.
Quality Inn and Suites
Quality Inn and Suites, on the northeastern side of New Orleans near the Lakefront Airport, has an outdoor heated pool. The motel is located just off Interstate 10 within a short distance of Plaza in Lake Forest Shopping Center. Budget-friendly standard rooms and suites have free high-speed Internet access, and baths in king-size bed suites have whirlpool tubs. Deluxe continental breakfast is served daily. As of 2010, reconstruction of homes and businesses in the area affected by Hurricane Katrina was ongoing.
New Orleans Marriott Metairie
Marriott is also located near the entrance to the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway and Lakeside Shopping Mall. The hotel has a large, indoor saltwater swimming pool, sauna and pool. LifeStart Wellness Center on the hotel property offers free fitness classes and physical therapy. Rooms and suites have city or lake views and feature Marriott’s Revive Bedding. The hotel offers valet parking and self-parking for an additional fee, but a very convenient parking garage near the hotel provides parking spaces for a small daily charge.