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Old 03-13-2012, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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We are planning a trip to New Orleans in a few weeks (not during the Final Four).

Right now the only hotels available in our budget are listed in the convention center area.

Is this a good location for a family of five? If possible I'd like to avoid getting in the car every time we want to "see the sights," and we're trying to let the kids (age 8-15) get a real feel for the uniqueness of NO.

Thanks for any insight or alternative suggestions you can give!
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Old 03-13-2012, 11:24 PM
 
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Sounds good to me.
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Old 03-14-2012, 03:30 AM
 
Location: New Orleans
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We are planning a trip to New Orleans in a few weeks (not during the Final Four).

Right now the only hotels available in our budget are listed in the convention center area.

Is this a good location for a family of five? If possible I'd like to avoid getting in the car every time we want to "see the sights," and we're trying to let the kids (age 8-15) get a real feel for the uniqueness of NO.

Thanks for any insight or alternative suggestions you can give!
The convention center is about a mile long. Depending on where along it you are, your walk to the Quarter (aka "the sights") will be anywhere from 4-6 blocks to a lot longer than that.
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Old 03-14-2012, 06:38 AM
 
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The Best Western St Christopher is where I stay on visits back to NOLA. It's right at Canal Street (where the FQ begins) and a block or 2 from the river & ferry, the aquarium, Harrah's, the St Chas. streetcar, and the Magazine st bus runs out front. It's clean, quiet, safe. Best Western Plus St. Christopher Hotel - Hotels.com - Hotel rooms with reviews. Discounts and Deals on 85,000 hotels worldwide

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Old 03-14-2012, 06:54 AM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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Thanks, everyone.

The Best Western looks good. I had thought about a Hampton Inn and Suites, but it looks to be on the I-90 end of the Convention Center Blvd. near John Churchill St. The transit website says there is a streetcar stop almost across the street on the riverfront side of the convention center, though.

Since I haven't been down there in 22 years, I guess it's time to get out the New Orleans for Dummies book!
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Old 03-14-2012, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Metairie, LA
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The warehouse district is a great place to stay with a family. It's a lot quieter and safer than the Quarter, but it's close enough that you're still in the middle of everything. It's easy to walk a few blocks and jump on the riverfront streetcar to get over to the Quarter.

Just FYI, they haven't been running the riverfront Streetcar past the Julia St. stop, so plan on getting on there. The John Churchill St. stop is really just for the cruise terminal anyway. It's not like you can walk through the convention center and get back to the warehouse district from there.
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Old 03-14-2012, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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Thanks very much. That's exactly the kind of insider info that I was hoping for from 500 miles away.
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Old 03-14-2012, 02:30 PM
 
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That area is safe. Just a long walk to the superdome & french quater. Many hotels are booked up for that weekend. Only higher priced rooms are available closer in. You should be fine. Have fun.
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Old 03-18-2012, 10:09 PM
 
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That area is great. Some of the best restaurants (and night life, not that that matters with family) is right there in the warehouse district. Also, safer than the quarter as some have mentioned. have fun.
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