Sorry if this is not totally chowhoundish per se! Was wondering if anyone had a recommendation for a good/hip hotel in June in New Orleans. Would be looking for a hotel in town with good facilities (swimming pool, gym) at which I could work off the food. Also a good breakfast and nearby restaurants would be a major plus. Budget isn't that important (would he okay to spend $100-$200 per night for a four/five night stay) as part of it is for business.
Thanks for any help.
The Embassy Suites on Julia St. has a decent-size, maybe 18 yards or so, lap pool and a gym with the usual treadmill/stairstepper apparatuses. They also serve a free breakfast that includes a pretty decent made-to-order crawfish omelet and grits. The beignets are awful, though. Rio Mar, a seafood place is across the street and Emeril's is one block away. Two blocks from the convention center and the riverwalk shopping mall (and Mississippi River).
About a mile or less from the heart of the quarter. I would recommend it.
The "cool/hip/trendy" hotels tend to be in the CBD - which is a good location for sightseeing (eating/drinking) and business. Most of these hotels label themselves as "boutique" - even though many have 100+ rooms.
Here are the uber trendiest:
If you find a hotel that you like but it doesn't have a gym (not unusual in New Orleans), then go to the New Orleans Athletic Club in the Canal Place mall (Canal Street and South Peters, at the edge of the Quarter). It costs $12 a day to use the facilities. It's a small room, but it's rarely crowded and the folks there are nice.