New Orleans

Food City
New Orleans is home to some 1,300 restaurants, and a number of new entries have recently joined the scene, including Borgne, Restaurant R'Evolution, Sobuo and Criollo.

New Orleans
In January, the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center will unveil its new Great Hall, a 60,300-square-foot divisible space with a 4,660-square-foot junior ballroom, a 3,420-square-foot rooftop terrace, a 980-square-foot indoor balcony and a 5,700-square-foot executive club lounge.

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is finishing up $300 million in improvements, which includes the expansion of its Concourse D, the addition of six new gates and a new rental car facility. Among other upgrades: free Wi-Fi in the terminal and new flight display information systems.

Mercedes-Benz SuperdomeThe Mercedes-Benz Superdome has completed an $85 million renovation the includes an expansion of the plaza-level concourse, 3,100 new plaza-level seats, 186 digital concourse monitors and two new club lounges.  

The 254-room Hyatt French Quarter opened earlier this year following an $18 million renovation of the former Wyndham Historic Hotel. The property underwent upgrades to its exterior, lobby, landscaping and pool deck. New additions include a bodega-inspired market called Powdered Sugar, and an upscale lounge called Batch, which features a menu of top-shelf bourbons. The hotel offers 10,660 square feet of meeting space.

The Hyatt Regency New Orleans reopened last fall after being shut since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The hotel now has 1,193 guest rooms and more than 200,000 square feet of meeting space.

The W New Orleans recently completed a $9 million renovation of its 97 guest rooms, dining areas, fitness facility and public spaces. The property has more than 13,000 square feet of meeting space.

The 1,100-room Sheraton New Orleans, with 105,700 square feet of function space, will wrap up a $45 million renovation next year that will include all guest rooms, the club lounge, meeting facilities and the lobby.

The Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter opened in June with 186 guest rooms, more than 4,000 square feet of meeting space, an outdoor pool, a fitness center and a full-service restaurant.

The 170-room Hyatt Place New Orleans/Convention Center has opened in the Warehouse District, near the convention center. The property features complimentary breakfast and Wi-Fi, and more than 3,300 square feet of meeting space.

The Windsor Court Hotel has finished a $22 million restoration that refreshed all 316 guest rooms, refurbished the club lounge, and revamped all dining areas, the pool area and meeting spaces. The hotel also now sports a new lobby bar and spa.

The Residence Inn New Orleans Downtown has completed a renovation of its 231 suites and public spaces. The inn offers 700 square feet of meeting space.

Meeting Hotels
Among major properties in the city's Central Business District are the 1,616-room Hilton New Orleans Riverside; 1,290-room New Orleans Marriott; 1,193-room Hyatt Regency New Orleans; 1,110-room Sheraton New Orleans; 527-room Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans; 504-room Roosevelt Hotel; 494-room JW Marriott New Orleans; 479-room InterContinental New Orleans; 423-room W New Orleans; 367-room DoubleTree New Orleans; 324-room Windsor Court, an Orient-Express Hotel; 296-room Holiday Inn Downtown Superdome; 285-room Loews New Orleans Hotel, and 272-room Renaissance Pere Marquette.

For a more complete listing of properties in and around New Orleans, visit

Convention Center
The Ernest N. Morial Convention Center; exhibit space, 1.1 million contiguous square feet; number of meeting rooms, 140; (504) 582-3023

Airport Transit
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, 10 miles west of the Central Business District and the French Quarter. Transfer cost by taxi, $33; by shuttle, $20 (roundtrip, $38)

 Room tax, 4%, plus a $1-$3 surcharge per room, per night, based on room count; sales tax, 9%; total tax on hotel rooms, 13% plus the surcharge

Group VenueThe Joy Theater
The Joy Theater, which originally debuted in 1947 as a cinema, reopened last December as a 10,000-square-foot multipurpose venue. The space can accommodate up to 900 people and features three bars, a 250-seat balcony overlooking the built-in stage, and 405 removable seats on the first floor. The Joy hosts its own shows, ranging from comedy improv to jazz, but can be rented out for private events. (504) 528-9569

New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau, (800) 672-6124