Someone asked me inside another thread about the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, thought I would start the discussion here. I love visiting New Orleans and go a couple times a year. This hotel gets most of my business (often because the Harrahs casino picks up the tab). Location: Pros: Right next door to the casino, walkable to other points downtown like Mothers. Walkable to the WWII museum, connected to the Riverwalk shops (which are slowly going out of business). Not a bad walk to the South part of the French Quarter to places like Cafe Du Mond, Jackson Square and the French Market. Also right on the river and next to the free ferry, if you wanted to check out mardi gras world on the other bank of the Mississippi. Also close to the artsy/trendy wharehouse district. Cons: A long walk to the Superdome, Arena and the heart of the French Quarter like Bourbon Street. The first block of your walk (heading East towards Canal street can be a little deserted late at night. Never had a single problem, but I also am a little weary of that last block. The property: Pros: The lounge - I love their lounge, on the top floor, one side has tall windows looking down the Mississippi ... I could sit there all day and watch the barges going up and down the river, the other side has tall windows overlooking downtown. Helpful staff up there, including a full service hotel desk (check in/check out plus other help). Decent breakfast, and a happy hour every night with enough food that you could make lunch your big meal of the day and the hotel will provide all of your other food. Fridges up there stocked with cokes/diet cokes/sprites 24/7, and small snacks out 24/7. Rooms are typical Hilton. Health Club (expensive unless you are a gold or better) is awesome. Cons: No real complaints about this property, but there are better choices if you want to see the French Quarter - such as the Marriott on Canal or the Sheraton on Canal (naming a couple that are about the same price) Both the Marriott and Sheraton are just as nice as the Hilton but put you in better position to walk the Quarter. You don't want a car in New Orleans if you are a tourist, they are more trouble than they are worth.