Greetings: I am going to try & keep it short to the point:
Day 1 - Transport - Amtrak Crescent from NYP to NOL. Sleeper accomodations/roomette.
Sleeping Car Attendant - Charles
Amtrak longest route (31 hours or more) runs thru 12 states (including D.C.).
We encountered a delay just before Baltimore due to heavy rains & a tornado warning. Some guests reported hearing the warning sirens, I just remember the huge mass of low hanging greenish clouds and the swirling brown creeks and rivers near the tracks. Observing from the train you could see the fast moving current. It didn't help that the train lost power twice before we pulled safely into D.C. but the wait staff was professional and continued to serve my meal in a cozy dining car.
Slept well, ate well and arrived at the Union Station in New Orleans just before 11:00pm Sat 6/30. The Loyola Streetcar makes stops right at the station (for $1.25 into the French Qtr.) I was so tired I just opted for the $10.00 cab ride to my hotel (which was a short 4 minute ride away). I stayed Hampton Inn & Suites on Carondelet Street (which turns into Bourbon St. once you cross Canal Street). Was able to snag a online rate (using the Hilton site) for $79.00 a night! Assigned a 4th Floor room around the corner from the dining hall, where free breakfast buffet & nightly manager reception was held.
Although the hotel is under renovation, my room was good. I could have requested a renovated room on the 3rd Floor, but since my room on the 4th faced the street, had a fridge, flatscreen, decent furnishings, clean bathroom and intact rugs I decided to stay. I just slipped into breakfast each morining, gathered what I wanted to eat and walked a few steps back to my room to enjoy it in peace. Perfect.