Hilton New Orleans Riverside

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  1. Mike1625
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    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.
     
  2. Bobofoosh
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    I agree about the distance from the quarter. I have also stayed here when Harrah's pays.

    If you want to stay in the quarter and have the option I'd stay at the Roosevelt Waldorf Astoria in the quarter (used to be the Fairmont before Katrina). Beautiful Hotel.
     
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    Harrah's always picks up the tab on my hotel rooms in New Orleans, and the Hilton Riverside is my favorite hotel on Harrah's list. While Harrah's own hotel has more stars it has NO place in the hotel to grab a cup of coffee, no shops, and the only restaurant is Ruth's Chris. Hilton has all the services you expect in a business and conference hotel. I have stayed at Marriott, but their internet is slower than dial-up (criminal considering what they charge). I appreciate being able to get a Mississippi river view at the Hilton, and being at the river front puts me in my favorite place. I try to take an evening cruise on the Natchez steamboat (the dinner is not worth it, opt for the cruise only). I never tire of cruising the historic river and listening to the live jazz (Dukes of Dixieland), it is a unique and pleasurable experience each time.

    I usually travel solo in New Orleans and have walked at all hours in the area and never had a problem. If you are not used to city life it might be a little scary, and it is always prudent to be aware of your surroundings, but over the past six years and probably two dozen visits I have never had a problem in that neighborhood. The Harrah's casino being right across the street means there is traffic 24/7, which is preferable to having deserted streets.

    After Katrina the public transportation in New Orleans was free for months (over a year, maybe?) and it was during that time I learned to use and love the local public transport. The streetcars are enjoyable, and run past the Hilton, but there are several buses that stop within a block of Hilton that can get you near and far. Google the public transport options and avail yourself of getting around New Orleans like a local.
     
  4. Explore
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    Looking at the options in the Big Easy, to me this seems like better value than the Roosevelt. Can someone confirm that the Executive Lounge serves a decent breakfast, as well as good evening hors d'oeuvres? If so, the mentioned Mississippi and city views seem like a huge plus....and it's a short stroll from the historic sites along the river in the French Quarter. Roosevelt costs extra points even in the off-season....no free food or even coffee in the room.....and there are reports that service can leave something to be desired. I have some limits on what I'll pay for historic ambiance.
     
  5. Mike1625
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    The Breakfast I would label as ok. Lots of pastries/fruits cold options. Pretty sure nothing is hot.

    Evening hors d'oeuvres are good, usually 3 hot options, lots of cheeses, fruits and veggies, cookies. I usually have a big lunch somewhere and make the hors d'oeurves my dinner and I am happy. I love the help yourself sodas. The only downside compared to some other lounges, its a cash bar.
     
  6. MSPeconomist
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    The New Orelans Hilton is a big convention hotel. When it is full, the lobby area is a zoo and there can be long lines to check in or out and for the concierge desk. The hotel's restaurants are also frequently overcrowded and there can be long delays for room service. Beware of special events if you plan to stay here and are not part og a big meeting.
     

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