New Orleans Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center
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We managed to leave the house by 10.15am this morning, and caught the bus into the city again, We got off outside the French Market, crossed the tracks and waited for a trolley or street car down to Canal Street, where the paddle boats leave from.
The boat didn't start boarding till 1.30, so we had ove an hour to fill in. Right beside the ticket office was an up market outlet mall, so we explored. It was so nice going into the air conditioning after the humidity outside.
... changed. Although we walked around at night and had quite a few people stop us and ask for money it didn't feel unsafe. It was only after we left that we found out you're not supposed to walk the streets of New Orleans after dark if you want to survive. It was then we realised we didn't see any other tourists walking at night, only locals. It was Hurricane season at the time so it pretty much rained non stop all day and night. But being tropical it was still really ...
We arrived at the KOA New Orleans West campground, set up camp and decided not to waste any time but to take the shuttle downtown for the evening to get a first impression of the city. We were dropped off at the French Quarter and set out to explore the streets. Loud music came from the clubs, street musicians were performing, street acrobats entertained in the middle of the street, throngs ...
... cowboys – “rhinestone” cowboys perhaps provides a clearer picture - and there are plenty of “Brokeback Mountain” jokes bandied around! Then there’s the mask – a seriously creepy, full-face plastic number – and during one of several rallying speeches from our Krewe captain, we’re reminded that Krewe of Carrolton paraders never remove their masks! Given the rest of our costume, perhaps just as well that nobody will recognize ...
... night. I'm not 21 anymore and light up mugs with blue daiquiris are not my thing but it was interesting, for sure. And, we caught another wedding second line when we were making our way back to the hotel. This one was much larger and they stopped to party in front the Cathedral for a bit at the end.
Well, it was time for our nightcap of beignets (only one order this time), milk, and decaf iced cafe au lait--which we ate back at the hotel. What a day!
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TravelPod Member ReviewsNew Orleans Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center
The hotel was just ok - not what I expected for a Marriott. The rooms were old, the beds were old and uncomfortable. The staff was nice and so was the main lobby area, but I would never stay here again.
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