I stayed at the Holiday Inn for Jazz Fest 2012 and I was pleasantly surprised.
Despite the hotel's dated exterior and lobby area, my husband and I were very pleased that our room was ready upon our arrival (which was several hours before check-in). We made our reservation through Expedia and they were not able to guarantee a non-smoking room or a king size bed, but the Holiday Inn delivered on both of these requests (not to mention that our room was on the top floor, at the end of the hall, with a nice view of downtown New Orleans).
Once we stepped out of the elevator into the hallway, we felt like we were in a completely different hotel: one that was freshly remodeled, very clean and contemporary. Our room was spacious, comfortable, and well-appointed.
The location of the hotel is a bit out of the way if you're looking for proximity to the French Quarter (about a 20 minute walk, which we didn't mind). Additionally, the currently construction on Loyola Avenue is a bit of an inconvenience, but cabs are easy to obtain and the street car stop isn't too far away.
I won't comment on the pricing because the rates at all of the hotels are hugely inflated around Jazz Fest. Bottom line: the Holiday Inn was our best option.
All in all, I was very satisfied with our stay; I'd definitely recommend it to others and I'd probably go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy a refreshed Holiday Inn! Visit the recipient of the Customer Service Excellence award by IHG. Rooms feature Simmons pillow top mattresses and new pillow options. Relax in our courtesy area shuttle. Savor fresh coffee and pastries daily. Stay connected with FREE wireless. Plunge in our large rooftop pool and energize in our fitness center. Our full service property offers tantalizing meals morning, noon and night. Adult beverage options showcased in our Mardi Gras Lounge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Downtown Superdome Hotel New Orleans
- Downtown Superdome Holiday Inn
- Holiday Inn New Orleans
- New Orleans Holiday Inn
- Holiday Inn Superdome