The Westin Canal Place is unique among hotels in New Orleans by offering absolutely amazing views of the Mississippi River. Situated just outside of the French Quarter, the hotel was able to avoid the height restrictions in FQ construction. The view from the lobby is great and worth making a stop even if not staying at the hotel.
I paid extra for a River View room because I wanted to make sure that I had a room facing the Mississippi. For my visit, I apparently did not need to shell out the extra money. A very surly and disgruntled guest in front of me was given a complimentary upgrade to a View Room because he is an SPG Gold Member. I was exceedingly nice to the front desk person, but since I had already paid for a View Room, I wasn't given any upgrade. It seems that in SPG-land that Gold upgrades are limited to view-only and that you need to be Platinum in order to get a suite upgrade. But I think all of that is more of an issue with general SPG policies.
Anyways, the view from my room was spectacular. It overlooked the Mississippi River and the French Quarter with Jackson Square and other prominent sights. I spent a thoroughly enjoyable evening watching the river traffic and wondering what was on all of the barges. The hotel might not be the newest Westin property, but the vantage point and the view from the rooms facing the Mississippi River are one-of-a-kind.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Westin New Orleans Canal Place is downtown just steps from the French Quarter, the Convention Center, Jackson Square, and the central business district. Offering a rooftop pool and free wifi. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Westin New Orleans Canal Place Hotel New Orleans
- New Orleans Westin
- Westin Canal Place
- Westin Hotel New Orleans