New Orleans Riverwalk Hotels

by Joanne Thomas

The Riverwalk Marketplace is a shopping mall in the heart of New Orleans. While there are numerous hotels within a short walk of the mall, about half a dozen of them are found within just a few blocks. Choosing a hotel close to the Riverwalk Marketplace puts you in close proximity to some of the city's biggest attractions -- boat cruises on the Mississippi River, the historic French Quarter, Canal Street and the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas are all within steps of the mall.

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Hilton New Orleans Riverside

Hilton New Orleans Riverside is located on the banks of the Mississippi, next door to the Riverwalk Marketplace mall and three blocks from the French Quarter. The expansive resort complex consists of some 1,600 guest rooms and suites, four restaurants and two cafes, two heated outdoor swimming pools and a 90,000-square-foot health club. All guest rooms feature wireless Internet access, pay-per-view movies and video games, an iPod dock and views of the city, river or hotel courtyard. Guests staying in concierge-level rooms and all suites enjoy access to an exclusive lounge, a complimentary continental breakfast and evening hors d'oeuvres. Dining options include two casual cafes, a cocktail bar with New Orleans-style tapas and Drago's Seafood offering its signature dish, charbroiled oysters, along with other local specialties.

Loews New Orleans Hotel

The upscale Loews New Orleans Hotel was awarded four diamonds by AAA in 2010 for the seventh consecutive year. One of its on-site restaurants, the Swizzle Stick Bar, has been lauded with accolades including Wine Spectator magazine's Award of Excellence in 2009. All 273 guest rooms and 12 suites feature bright contemporary decor with high-end bedding, designer bathrobes and views of the Mississippi River, the French Quarter or the city skyline. At 532 square feet, the hotel's Grand King Rooms are the largest in New Orleans. Each suite offers a parlor with a sleeper sofa, wide-screen LCD television and a whirlpool bathtub. Guest facilities include a fitness center with an indoor swimming pool, whirlpool and sauna; and the Balance Spa, which offers various beauty and wellness treatments.

Windsor Court Hotel

Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans boasts a number of prestigious awards, including four stars from Forbes Travel Guide, four diamonds from AAA and a place on Conde Nast Traveler's Gold List every year from 2005 to 2010. Standard features of the hotel's spacious guest rooms and suites include classic English-style decor, Italian marble bathrooms and complimentary wireless Internet access. The suites range from 600-square-foot junior suites, many of which offer a private balcony, to 800-square-foot full suites, to the 2,000-square-foot Penthouse suite with its grand four-poster bed. In addition to its luxurious accommodations, the hotel features a heated outdoor lap pool, a fitness center, a boutique gift shop and a private collection of British-themed art on display throughout the hotel.

The Ambassador Hotel

The Ambassador Hotel is housed in three fully restored 19th-century warehouses within walking distance from the Riverwalk Marketplace, the French Quarter and several museums and art galleries. The hotel offers 165 guest rooms that are designed to reflect the distinctive character of New Orleans. Some feature wrought-iron four-poster beds, original hardwood floors and exposed brick walls and beams. Room rates include a daily "lite" continental breakfast and high-speed wireless Internet access. Special packages are available seasonally, combining hotel accommodations with airport transfers, a cruise on the Creole Queen Paddlewheeler or other local excursions.

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About the Author

A writer of diverse interests, Joanne Thomas has penned pieces about road trips for Hyundai, children's craft projects for Disney and wine cocktails for Robert Mondavi. She has lived on three continents and currently resides in Los Angeles, where she is co-owner and editor of a weekly newspaper. Thomas holds a BSc in politics from the University of Bristol, England.