By Maria Mora
Football fans are enjoying the start of another electric Saints season. If you’re planning a NOLA pilgrimage to catch a game with the Super Bowl XLIV champs, check out these popular New Orleans hotels for the perfect start to any “Who dat?” celebration.
Football season doesn’t really conjure the image of crystal chandeliers and ornate furniture. But that’s what makes Le Pavillion such a fun place to stay for an NFL Saints game. Although it’s within walking distance of the Louisiana Superdome, this historic hotel feels like it’s a world away. Enjoy the French Quarter in a hotel that isn’t too stuffy
thanks to fun traditions like PB & J sandwiches served on silver platters. This is one of the most charming hotels in New Orleans.
Loews New Orleans
From the moment you step into the Art Deco inspired lobby, you’ll fall in love with this luxurious New Orleans hotel. The staff and plush accommodations manage to combine the relaxed “Big “Easy” atmosphere with the upscale Loews service guests know and love. Because it’s next door to Fulton Street and just nine blocks from the Superdome, this makes a great hotel for discerning sports fans.
Intercontinental New Orleans
It’s hard to beat the location of the Intercontinental New Orleans. Step outside the front door and easily walk to the French Quarter, Harrah’s, the riverfront, the Mardi Gras parade route and the Superdome. The hotel exudes classic, simple luxury. Wind down in the lobby bar or walk to any of the nearby clubs and bars for some live jazz music after the game.
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
For sports fans who want to enjoy the most famous nightlife destinations in New Orleans, the Royal Sonesta provides the perfect starting point for any New Orleans vacation. With
its European styling and lush gardens, it feels like a piece of paradise right on Bourbon Street. Guests can enjoy live jazz every day of the week or simply head on a short walk from the hotel to experience the lively Bourbon Street atmosphere. Not going for a Saint’s game? Lounge beside one of the pools while the rest of your party heads to the Superdome.
Holiday Inn French Quarter
Don’t judge this property by its name. This is no cookie-cutter Holiday Inn. The French Quarter property has a unique look and feel while maintaining Holiday Inn’s great prices. At just a mile from the Superdome, it’s a budget traveler’s best bet. Staying with friends? Try connecting rooms or the spacious Courtyard room with French doors to the private ninth floor courtyard.
Maria Mora is a memoir blogger and wannabe photographer. She travels extensively throughout Florida and the Caribbean with her two young sons.