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Opelika, Alabama
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Marriott Hotels

We are planning a family trip to NO (me, hubby and our 7-year-old daughter).

I prefer the Marriott brand (points!!) but found a decent rate at the Crowne Plaza on Canal. I am also considering the Renaissance Arts, the Courtyard near the FQ on St. Charles, and The Courtyard on Iberville. Also looking at the Pere Marquette and the Marriott on Canal.

We want a place that is close to dining/shopping (but not necessarily in a touristy area) and safe at night.

I really like the Renaissance Arts but am wondering if there's much to do in that area? Is it a safe walk to the FQ from there? Is it a long walk?

I'm extremely indecisive and would be perfectly content if someone would just pick one for me! Thanks!

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I've only stayed at the Courtyard on Iberville out of those you listed. I loved it; especially traveling with a child. The bedroom is separate from the living room with a sliding door. The hotel is newly renovated and absolutely beautiful. The location is great on the edge of the French Quarter and one block from Canal. The only downside is that no one under 16 can use the swimming pool (which is the Ritz pool).

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Of those you mentioned, Renaissance Arts has the least convenient location for the TYPICAL visitor. It is a very nice and unique property. Although it's only about a half dozen relatively short blocks from one corner of the French Quarter, it's over a mile from the CENTER of the French Quarter. Safe walk except for late at night, say after 11PM, and only a concern then because things get a bit lonely in that area late at night.

Astor Crowne Plaza is all around nice, though somewhat unremarkable, but being on the corner of Bourbon St. and Canal St. (Main and Main) it kind of defines touristy.

For those with a child I usually recommend being on the River side of Bourbon St., so you don't need to worry about crossing Bourbon St., not that big of a deal, but something to consider all other factors being equal. Even though a block on the other side (Lake side) of Bourbon St., I'd be tempted to consider the Courtyard on Iberville because most rooms are true suites (door between bedroom and sitting area) with 2 large TVs, walk-in shower and wet bar, but the indoor pool (in club) does not admit children.

The New Orleans Marriott on Canal has the most convenient location as relates to dining, overall shopping and activities of interest to children, but has relatively small unremarkable rooms except SOME having a great view of the River.

Courtyard on St. Charles is well located and otherwise rather unremarkable. Pere Marquette is nice but in a VERY SLIGHTLY uncomfortable location. JW Marriott is a very nice and conveniently located (across the street from the New Orleans Marriott on Canal) property; a Forum favorite.

Though not on your list, I'd pick JW Marriott if the rate was not too awfully high. For location, New Orleans Marriott. For room amenities, Courtyard Iberville. Backup choices, Astor Crowne Plaza and Courtyard St. Charles.

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Of the two Renaissance hotels which do you think would be the best bet? Both are significantly below other Marriott prices when I am looking. The Arts has the better reviews but the Pere Marquette seems to be a better location. Any thoughts?

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Generator, I think you pretty well summed it up. Depending on anticipated activities the Arts location could be pretty good, i.e. Casino, WWII and some other museums, Convention Center, bus up Magazine St. and on to the Zoo, certain restaurants, etc. But the Arts is not particularly well located as relates to the central portion of the French Quarter.

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The Arts has a very unique feel to it and that would be my choice. It's not in the heart of the action, but it's not too far either. Have fun!

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