Hilton New Orleans Riverside
This modern waterside behemoth is perfect for families and convention attendees. Located right on the Riverwalk (literally connected to the glass-enclosed walkway via underground passage), the hotel is in easy walking distance to the French Quarter, Warehouse District, and St. Charles streetcar stops. Mardi Gras clichés abound with swirling purple and gold carpets and piped-in jazz in the busy lobby and corridors. All 1,616 rooms, including 74 suites, have interior (boltable) doors to create adjoining options for groups. Gold-and-cream rooms feature decadently pillowed beds, flat-screen televisions, and rain-shower heads in the bathroom. The blue-lit bar commandeers the lobby, and even locals praise the in-house Drago’s Seafood Restaurant for its crawfish (in season March–June). Don’t miss taking advantage of the incredibly informative concierge desk.
Room to Book: Request a room with river views for natural light and quieter mornings; other accommodations face interior courtyards or overlook other mammoth hotels.