Traveling with children has as many challenges as rewards. Among the challenges is finding a great hotel room after a long flight riddled with stressful trips through security, inconvenient seating arrangements, and managing to be lucky enough to get all your luggage from baggage claim. If you get through all of that only to end up in a terrible hotel it can be downright tragic. So to help you make your trip be as fun as possible I’ve compiled a short list of the hotels in New Orleans that both kids and parents will love. When you get settled in its time to explore! The French Quarter is always a great place to start. Take a stroll down Royal St to St Peter where musicians regularly gather for exciting street performances where sometimes you can even catch a magic show on the same block. Afterwards it’s fun to hit up Little Vic’s on Toulouse for their delicious gelato.
Drury Inn & Suites
Set just outside of the French Quarter, this high-rise contemporary hotel puts you in walking distance from all kinds of kid-friendly attractions—including Jackson Square, the Riverwalk, and the Aquarium of the Americas. The St. Charles streetcar is also right next door. Feel like staying in? You can stretch out in your spacious room after a long day of exploring, or hit up the pool deck, where the pool and hot tub have a fantastic downtown view. Another plus: the free breakfast served every morning downstairs.
If you want to treat your family to a swanky New Orleans experience, this elegant property, set right next to the Superdome, might be for you. The facilities here include a gorgeous rooftop pool, and a delicious seafood restaurant; for parents of babies and toddlers, the hotel has partnered with a service, Babies Travel Light, that delivers child-care products (from changing tables to organic snacks) right to your room.
Four Points Hotel
For the full-blown French Quarter experience, bring your family to this fantastic traditionally styled hotel set right at the center of the action on Bourbon Street. Be sure to book a room with a balcony view; after exploring the streets and squares of the neighborhood, you and the kids can watch the human parade on one of the most famous people-watching streets in the world.
Also set right on Bourbon Street, this hotel is home to one of the largest and loveliest courtyard swimming pools in the city. (It’s an amazing place to relax after zigzagging through all the activity of the French Quarter.) There’s also a great in-house Cajun and Creole restaurant, and live music performances every night in the on-property jazz playhouse.
Omni Royal Hotel
What could be better than waking up right in the French Quarter every morning? How about being right across the street from the famous Café du Monde? Fresh-baked beignets are just one of the perks of this property, though; there’s also a swimming pool, and lots of different room configurations for families; on arrival, all kids get special backpacks filled with activity books and crayons.