The city that straddles the Mississippi River is full of exciting attractions and southern hospitality. Founded in the 1700's it became a major US port and celebrates Mardi Gras with a passion. The first Mardi Gras wasn't like it is today with the floats and Krewes, but it developed into the most popular event in Louisiana. Many of the historical buildings are museums and they are part of the National Historic Landmarks of the city. The cuisine is as varied as the residents. However, Creole and Cajun cooking still rule. New Orleans is well represented by the French Quarter, which is considered the heart of the city. There are many hotels, restaurants and shopping venues to accommodate the visitor or local.
The Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel offers a wide range of amenities for its guests. They are located just three blocks from the French Quarter and all that it presents. Guests can take the streetcar that stops at the front entrance or just stroll to the Quarter for dining, clubbing or shopping. The Hilton is a full service hotel with excellent concierge services.
They have a state of the art business center complete with a special computer that prints out boarding passes. The rooms have workstations to accommodate business travelers. For guests wishing to stay fit while traveling the Hilton New Orleans Riverside has a 90,000 square foot Health Club. Besides the Precor Cardio Theater it offers tennis, racquetball and a weight training circuit. Pilates classes and a chance to improve your golf game are also available.
If guests have come for a conference there is over 130,000 square feet of conference space. It is suitable for meetings or banquets and is on three levels of the hotel. These rooms are easily accessible by elevator or escalator.
The rooms have recently been redone and offer three choices. There are standard rooms that may have views of the city, Mississippi River or various courtyards. They can have double, queen or king sized beds. There is a 37 inch color TV with cable service, pay per view movies and video games. They also have internet browsing capabilities. An iPod connection is included on the clock radio and a coffee maker allows guests to brew their own at any time. The king size bed rooms have walk in showers.
The Suites come in various sizes from 610 square feet to 1,325 square feet. They give guests the opportunity to have small meetings or entertaining. Some have living room areas with a sofa and chairs with ottomans. The Executive Rooms have a floor to themselves and they are the most luxurious of all. Turn down service and robes, Wi-Fi access and panoramic views of the city add to the comfort.
River Blends Cafy is open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch. The hours are 6:00am to 2:00pm. Spirits offers New Orleans cuisine for lunch or dinner, with a casual dress code. They are open seven days a week from 11:00am to 12:00 am. Le Croissant has a breakfast menu every day. The final offering at the Hilton is Drago's Seafood featuring seafood and gumbo. It is open six days a week from 11:00 am to 10:00pm.