Marriott Hotels is a franchise which has expanded around the world as well as in the US. The founder of the hotels is J. Willard Marriott. The headquarters of the chain is located in Bethesda Maryland. The chain began in 1927. There are over 3,150 properties as part of the hotel franchise including the JW Marriott Hotel in New Orleans Louisiana.
New Orleans is a bustling city in Louisiana, not only due to Mardi Gras but also because of its location on the Mississippi. Plantations and shipping industries were very prominent in earlier times. To a degree they still are today. The hotel is located on Canal Street in New Orleans, which is in the French Quarter. The JW Marriott Hotel has recently seen some renovations as a result of the 2005 hurricane. The exterior style of the hotel is French colonial with some Spanish architecture.
The location of the hotel provides a number of city attractions from shopping to visiting the Aquarium or Convention Center. The convention center is open for business meetings and other events. The Marriott can also supply meeting rooms for business travelers. Check in time at the hotel is 3pm, with a check out time of noon. There are 30 floors and 487 rooms. 7 suites are also available. Due to the spaciousness of the hotel there are two concierge levels. There are 20 meeting rooms, ATM, foreign exchange, laundry service, room service, and wireless internet. Business services include copy and fax service.
Recreation at or near the hotel includes a variety of activities. There is an outdoor pool with towels provided. The hotel is near biking trails, a bowling center, fly fishing areas, horseback riding, hunting, and nature preserves. The hotel can also help set guests up for golfing, a spa day, or fitness activities in the onsite gym.
The JW Marriott Hotel in New Orleans is considered an upscale establishment. Terry cloth bathrobes, mini bars, down comforters, duvets, and 300 thread count linen is supplied in the rooms. Amenities in the rooms are air conditioning, alarm clock, water, coffee, crib, internet/ web TV, iron and ironing board, safe, rollaway beds, and color TV. The bathrooms are stocked with a hair dryer as well as shampoo and conditioner. Each room has some business amenities like a desk, phone, and internet.
The JW Marriott Hotel has three places to dine. The Lobby Lounge is a contemporary locale for drinks and a small menu. The bar caters more to appetizers and the casual drink. Shula's Lounge serves American cuisine with cocktails and other drinks. The theme of the Lounge is based on the Miami Dolphins' 1972 NFL Season. Shula's Lounge is also casual dining. Shula's America's Steak House is open for lunch and dinner. The dining is casual. The food is Angus beef prepared by Coach Don Shula. Shula's Steakhouse is supposed to be the best in New Orleans. For other dining there are a number of restaurants located within walking distance of the hotel. 5 Fifty 5 is a continental style restaurant or there is Arnaud's for French Cuisine.