InterContinental New Orleans
What We Love
- On the St. Charles streetcar line to the Garden District
- It’s just a two-block stroll from the French Quarter
- Large fitness center with a rooftop pool with city views
What To Know
- The hotel is located in the Central Business District
- The hotel completed a $25 million renovation in 2014
- Trenasse, the Gulf Coast–focused restaurant, has a menu that includes tangy buffalo frog legs, alligator tamales and flounder and lump crab paupiettes
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Built in 1984 for the world’s fair, this business-centric sleep just woke up from a $25 million makeover. The hotel’s 484 spiffed-up guestrooms start at 300 square feet and are done in gold hues complemented by cherrywood furnishings and stainless steel lamps; all include work desks, 42-inch flat-screen TVs and free WiFi. Suites start at 573 square feet and have balconies (some with French Quarter views). Among the benefits of the renovation is the 15th-floor fitness center, which has an outdoor pool looking out over the city and Pete’s Café, which serves rich coffee, pastries and sandwiches. Topping the hotel’s renaissance off is Trenasse, a new Gulf Coast–focused restaurant from chef Jim Richard of Florida’s famed Stinky’s Fish Camp. Fresh oysters are available “all day, everyday,” and the choice tastes of Louisiana include tangy buffalo frog legs, alligator tamales and flounder and lump crab paupiettes.
In the Area
Though the InterContinental New Orleans excels at conferences and weddings, its location on St. Charles Avenue puts it two blocks from the French Quarter, four blocks from Harrah’s New Orleans and six blocks from the riverfront — and, come Mardi Gras time, it has a front row seat on the parade route. The Morial Convention Center, Uptown and the Superdome are also nearby. Hop on the nation’s oldest streetcar, the St. Charles line, for a lift to the Garden District, which is famous for its antebellum mansions. Don’t miss the haute creole cuisine at Commander’s Palace restaurant, an icon in the heart of the Garden District since 1880.
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We had such a great time at the Intercontinental. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. Housekeeping was on top of it. I had special requests for coffee, towels, and shower gel. Housekeeping was on top of it. They got everything right and did it immediately.
We had great meals at both Pete's and Trenasse. I wasn't expecting the hotel to have such good food. But, the meals that we had at both of the restaurants were very delicious.
I especially want to thank Salman Chaundry who was so very helpful and friendly. He really went out of his way to make us feel like VIPs.
My husband and I and our 2 teenagers stayed here for 4 nights over Halloween weekend and we were well taken care of while here. Centrally located with a great bar/restaurant, the Intercontinental is a superior stay in a city that sees lots of visitors. While it could benefit from some touch ups and a remodel to freshen it up in general, we found the service to be superior. Highly recommend! You can pretty much walk anywhere or catch a streetcar from there!
We stayed here, so that my husband could attend a conference taking place within the hotel. I was delighted that the place had character and our room was very comfortable, although we didn't have a view. The location was great, not too far to the French quarter, and within range of the wonderful streetcars. As a vegetarian, I was very happy to stumble upon a great restaurant, just across the street, that served a unique, excellent "Crispy Brussel Sprouts" dish, and kindly even gave me the recipe when I thanked them! Despite the heat, the pool felt almost too cold, but was good for laps, and certainly not at all crowded. I wouldn't have minded staying longer, but we hadn't anticipated a Saints football game the weekend after the conference and missed our chance to extend our stay.