New Orleans CBD
Every city has its artsy side, and New Orleans—famous for its musical background—is no stranger to the creative muse.
The Central Business District (CBD) is New Orleans’ downtown, where you can find an array of hotels, restaurants, and cocktail bars (it’s also known as Arts District New Orleans). While here, look past the fancy hotels, you’ll find the Warehouse District, Contemporary Arts Center, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and countless galleries. This is the place to get your culture-fix and explore a different side of the city.
Part of the neighborhood’s allure is not only visual stimulation, but also their unconventional gourmet culinary and shopping experiences. Our favorite stops include The Stacks, an art and design bookstore; Cochon, a pork-focused Cajun eatery; The Cafe at the CAC, for an afternoon cup; St. James Cheese Company Downtown, which needs no formal introduction; and cocktails at The Rusty Nail.
Le Meridien New Orleans
Le Méridien New Orleans is a modern high-rise in this old-world city, blending contemporary design with the brand’s European roots. This spot is perfect for travelers who want to see the French Quarter and the city’s wildest areas, but don’t necessarily want to stay within them. For guests who want to indulge in as much art as possible, Le Méridien offers complimentary admission to the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) and the Ogden.
Harrah's New Orleans Hotel
Harrah’s Hotel and Casino is the supersized item on the hospitality menu of New Orleans. Not only is everything about the hotel grand, but the structure itself is impossible to miss–it looms over every other building on the block. So if you’re bad with the directions, this one’s for you! In addition to their huge casino, the hotel has enough dining options to feed an army. If you’re looking for fun beyond the eclectic dining array, their nightlife escapades begin early and often.
The Lafayette Hotel is perfect for travelers who like to veer off the path of sheer tourism and view a place through an alternative lens. This boutique spot is near the French Quarter and other prime New Orleans attractions, but is nestled within the historic Arts and Warehouse Districts. For a day steeped in New Orleans creativity, stroll through the revitalized Arts District to enjoy museums and local creations, then dine at Emeril’s original restaurant, and top the night off with music at Howlin’ Wolf.
Ace Hotel New Orleans
Eclectic. Modern. Creative. The Ace Hotel is all the New Orleans-feels and then some. This hotel embraces the artistic and completely unique nature of this city and runs with it. Start the day with one of their meticulously-sourced Stumptown Coffee’s, then explore the surrounding Arts District and photograph the day away. In the evening, visit their rooftop garden and take a dip in the pool, then sip a local cocktail in the lobby bar. For dinner, dine at their osteria, Josephine Estelle, run by two southern best friends who also happen to be James Beard Award-nominated chefs.