Family gatherings are extra special this year and we chose to celebrate a milestone birthday in New Orleans. The JW Marriott New Orleans, across the street from the historic French Quarter, is ideally situated for exploring the city. Streetcars roll in front of the property and are especially fun for first-time visitors. Within a ¾-mile radius, we could walk to the National WWII Museum, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Sazerac House, Harrah’s Casino, the Shops of Canal Place and numerous restaurants.
Arriving on a Saturday — before check-in time — we were pleased our ninth-floor, wheelchair-accessible guestroom was ready early. The friendly staff filled us in on the Executive Lounge privileges. Open most of the day, we could pick up bottled water, coffee and snacks. A complimentary breakfast was offered Sunday. The second-floor billiards table and library ambiance create an inviting spot to recharge.
Our guestroom, with two double beds, looked out on the city. A switch beside the windows controlled the black-out shades and sheers. The bird and floral print wallpaper added a touch of modern sophistication to the room decor. A large, flat-screen television hung over a dresser and a desk occupied the corner. A coffee table book about Uptown New Orleans sat on the desk. The artwork of a Louisiana lagoon and a Mardi Gras crown were subtle reminders of our destination. Amenities we appreciated included a bathrobe, iron, coffeemaker and mini fridge. The well-designed, roll-in bathroom was elegant in floor-to-ceiling gray and white marble.
The property recently underwent renovations to the 501 guestrooms and suites, as well as public spaces, which gives the JW Marriott a fresh, new feel. The full-service hotel features a restaurant, bar, outdoor saltwater swimming pool, a fitness center and 23,000 square feet of meeting space.
After a bit of museum hopping, we had an incredible dinner at GW Fins. On our walk back, we stopped in a French Quarter bar and listened to jazz. The weekend in one of the country’s most unique cities will always be a treasured family memory.
614 Canal St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
tel 504 525 6500
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