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Insider’s Guide to the best kid-friendly hotels in New Orleans

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Planning a New Orleans Family Vacation?  Then you probably already know that there are countless things to do in New Orleans with kids.  But what about choosing a kid-friendly hotel that puts you in the heart of the action, but is also safe and quiet for families?  I break it down for you here.

 

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Planning a New Orleans family vacation? Then you need this: Insider's Guide to the Best Kid-Friendly Hotels in New Orleans

The best family hotels in New Orleans are safe, quiet, and centrally located… but not right on Bourbon Street.  They offer room to spread out with optional suites for larger families of 5 or more, and most importantly, kid-friendly amenities such as a pool and free breakfast.

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Too much walking

 

Also, exploring the Big Easy requires a lot of walking, and little feet get tired fast.  Schlepping gear and carrying worn-out children can test parents’ endurance, too.   As a former local, I’ve toured the city countless times with my two kids, and believe me, I know!

So the best kid-friendly hotels in New Orleans are also near a streetcar stop!  Using the streetcars to get around means that kids last longer and can see more in a day, which can make all the difference between a total meltdown and being able to rally for the next item on the itinerary!
But with so many options in one of the largest tourist destinations in the world, where do you start?

Well, my fellow Intrepids, start here.  As a former local, I’ve learned the ins and outs of exploring New Orleans with kids the hard way, so I’ve compiled the best kid-friendly hotels (with interactive maps!) in the most popular neighborhoods in the city:  The French Quarter, the Central Business District, the Convention Center/Cruise Ports, and the Garden District.

These hotels will make you want to plan a New Orleans family vacation every year!

 

Kid-Friendly Hotels in the French Quarter:

 

Best kid-friendly hotels in New Orleans

 

Some people will tell you not to stay in the French Quarter with kids, but I disagree.  To truly experience New Orleans, dive in head first and immerse your family in its spirit and charisma.  Don’t go to an extraordinary city like New Orleans to only feel around the edges – you and your kids will completely miss the point.  It’s more kid-friendly than you think!

Best kid-friendly hotels in New Orleans

 

 

Yes, Bourbon Street (a very small slice of the French Quarter) can be full of bawdy tourists, especially certain times of the year.  But the French Quarter is not defined by Bourbon Street.  Yes, you need to practice common-sense safety in the French Quarter – the same measures you should take in any city with lots of tourists.  But I urge you to consider staying in the heart of the French Quarter with kids!

 

 

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Here are some of your best bets for kid-friendly hotels in the French Quarter:
 

 

Hotel Monteleone

  • One of New Orleans’s most iconic landmarks, Hotel Monteleone’s central location in the heart of the French Quarter makes it perfect for families.
  • Guest rooms include two double beds or optional suites, Keurig coffee maker, and mini-refrigerator.
  • The hotel offers an “All About Kids” Package which includes a coloring book and crayons, disposable camera, deck of playing cards, free admission to the Louisiana Children’s Museum, and free admission to either the Audubon Aquarium or IMAX (all great for rainy days), for $45 per child.
  • Add a rooftop pool for the kids and the Carousel Bar in the lobby for mom or dad to sneak down to for a libation, and you’ve got yourself the perfect New Orleans family-friendly hotel.

Omni Royal New Orleans

  • The elegant Omni Royal also sits in the heart of the French Quarter action, but without Bourbon Street revelers right outside your window.  In fact, as former locals, we’d often stop here to grab a coffee while strolling the Quarter.
  • Guest rooms include 2 double beds and suites, a coffee maker, and mini-refrigerator for an extra fee.
  • Children receive the “royal” treatment by becoming members of the “Omni Kids Crew”:  Upon check-in, each child receives a complimentary backpack filled with a coloring book, crayons, binoculars, and tabletop games.  Kids are also treated to special milk and cookies room service on the first night.
  • The Omni Royal also has a heated rooftop pool and the Rib Room Restaurant and Touche Bar in the lobby.

The Westin New Orleans Canal Place

  • The Westin sits at the edge of the French Quarter, near the Mississippi River.
  • What’s great about this hotel is its kid-friendly location next to the Audubon Aquarium and two streetcar lines.  It’s also situated above swanky Canal Place, which provides upscale shopping, restaurants, and coffee shops right at your doorstep.
  • Guest rooms include 2 double beds and suites, with a coffee maker.
  • The rooftop pool is a fun place for kids to unwind, and provides spectacular river and city views.

Sheraton on Canal Street

  • The Sheraton sits on the fringe of the French Quarter, on the opposite side of Canal Street.
  • Guest rooms include 2 double beds and suites, a coffee maker, and a mini-refrigerator for an extra fee.
  • A Family Fun Package is offered at an extra rate which includes cookies and milk turndown service, 4 streetcar passes, tickets to the Mardi Gras Museum, a souvenir passport, and 3,000 bonus points awarded if the passport is completed.  There’s also a rooftop pool and restaurants and Starbucks in the lobby.
  • Even though it’s not in the heart of the French Quarter, it sits conveniently on the streetcar line, providing easy access to the Quarter and beyond.

Best Western Plus St Christopher

  • The Best Western is also situated just beyond the French Quarter, one block from Canal Street.
  • Guest rooms include 2 double beds, a coffee maker, and mini-refrigerator.  Plus, it’s the only French Quarter-area hotel to offer a free deluxe continental breakfast.
  • The Best Western offers the family-friendly Audubon Institute Package which includes three nights in a deluxe guest room, a streetcar voucher,  plus tickets to all four Audubon experiences:  The Audubon Zoo, Aquarium, Insectarium, and IMAX theater.
  • The only downside to this hotel is that there’s no pool, which may be a deal-breaker, depending on your kids.  When my kids were younger, checking into a hotel with no pool would make their heads explode.

 

Kid-Friendly Hotels in the Central Business District (CBD):

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The Central Business District, or CBD, is exactly what the name implies – it’s where business gets done in New Orleans.  Located just south of the French Quarter, here the Big Easy trades historic architecture for modern high-rises.  But what the CBD lacks in ambiance, it makes up for in spacious accommodations for larger families of 5 of more, and kid-friendly amenities that you won’t find in the French Quarter for the same value.

Best kid-friendly hotels in New Orleans

Riding the St Charles streetcar through the Central Business District

 

 

The way to make hotels in the CBD work for a New Orleans family vacation is to stay close to the St Charles streetcar line, which runs south along St Charles Avenue to the Garden District and Uptown, and north along Carondelet St to the French Quarter.

 

 

 

 

 

Check out these kid-friendly hotels in the Central Business District near the St Charles streetcar line:

 

 

 Drury Inn and Suites

  • The Drury Inn provides one of the best family-friendly accommodation values in New Orleans.
  • Guest rooms include 2 queen beds or 1-bedroom suites for kids, microwaves, and mini-refrigerators.
  • Plus, the hotel offers free hot breakfast, free soda and popcorn from 3 to 10 pm, a “5:30 kickback” appetizer spread, free WiFi, a heated pool, and laundry facilities.
  • It sits only one block from a St Charles Streetcar stop, which conveniently carries you to the French Quarter and beyond.

Homewood Suites

  • This all-suite hotel is situated only two blocks from a St Charles streetcar stop.
  • Guest rooms include 1 and 2-bedroom suites, and they provide a grocery service so that you can prepare meals in the units’ full kitchens.  As locals, we stayed here after hurricane Isaac knocked out our power for over a week, and our 2-bedroom suite was larger than most of my past apartments.  There’s definitely enough room for families of 5 or more to spread out here.
  • Plus, they offer a full hot breakfast every morning and an evening appetizer social Monday through Thursday.
  • The indoor pool means that weather isn’t a factor when your kids want to unwind.

Hampton Inn and Suites

  • The Hampton Inn is also located about 2 blocks from a St Charles streetcar stop.
  • Guest rooms include 2 queen beds and suites with a mini-refrigerator, and free hot breakfast is provided every morning.
  • The only downside to this hotel is that there is no pool.  Depending on your kids, that may be a deal breaker.

 

Kid-Friendly Hotels near the Cruise Port/Convention Center:

 

Best kid-friendly hotels in New Orleans

If your family is planning to explore New Orleans before or after a cruise, you may want to look for a hotel in the Convention Center area, near the cruise port.  Your best bet is to look for kid-friendly hotels closest to the Riverfront streetcar line, which deposits you in the French Quarter in a matter of minutes.  Convention Center accommodations are also within walking distance to the duty-free Riverwalk Outlet stores, several good restaurants, the Mardi Gras museum, and the WWII museum.

 

A few kid-friendly hotels to consider in the Convention Center, near stops on the Riverfront streetcar line:

 

Hilton New Orleans Riverside

  • This hotel IS basically the convention center.  It sits right on the Riverfront streetcar line, which takes you to the French Quarter.
  • Guest rooms include 2 queen beds and suites, and the hotel has a pool.
  • It hosts, you guessed it – many conventions, so be prepared to share the space with convention-goers.

Marriott Downtown Convention Center

  • The Marriott is located about 2 blocks from the Riverfront streetcar line.
  • Guest rooms include 2 double beds and suites, and the hotel has a Starbucks and a pool.

Courtyard Marriott Convention Center

  • The Courtyard sits about 3 blocks from the Riverfront streetcar line.
  • Guest rooms include 2 queen beds and suites, and the hotel has a pool.

 

Kid-Friendly Hotels in Uptown/The Garden District:

 

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Traveling south on St Charles Avenue past the bustling Central Business District, you’ll soon find yourself in the Garden District and Uptown.  Here you’ll find quiet tree-canopied streets, dignified mansions (which are especially beautiful around the holidays), and local families out for a stroll or enjoying one of the many parks in the area.

Best kid-friendly hotels in New Orleans

Playing in Audubon Park

 

 

The few kid-friendly hotels located in the Garden District/Uptown area put you in the heart of the “local’s New Orleans”, where you can play under ancient oak trees in beautiful Audubon Park, spend a day at the Audubon Zoo (one of my kids’ favorite places in New Orleans!), picnic along the banks of the Mississippi river, or covet the opulent mansions along tree-lined avenues.

 

 

 

You can ride the St Charles streetcar from any of the following hotels to explore the French Quarter, but be warned – it’s not a fast trip.  The pace in this part of New Orleans, like its residents’ velvety accents, flows like honey.  Just sit back and enjoy the ride as much as the destination. If you’re lucky, the rhythmic sounds of the streetcar will lull your children to sleep, as it does mine – and a bonus nap always helps when traveling with kids!

 

Best kid-friendly hotels in New Orleans

Riding the St Charles streetcar through the Garden District

 

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A few kid-friendly hotels to consider in Uptown/The Garden District:

 

 

Hampton Inn St Charles Garden District

  • The Hampton Inn is located in the heart of the Garden District and sits along the St Charles streetcar line.  As a bonus, the hotel offers free parking – a feature you won’t find downtown or in the French Quarter.
  • Guest rooms include 2 double beds or suites, and a mini refrigerator.
  • A free hot breakfast is offered every morning,  and a tea and cheese reception is held each afternoon.
  • This hotel also has a small outdoor lap pool.

Best Western Plus St Charles

  • The Best Western is also located in the Garden District on the St Charles streetcar line.
  • Guest rooms include 2 double beds and free parking.
  • A free breakfast is offered every morning, and it’s located right next to the Superior Grill, a popular New Orleans Mexican restaurant (we love their margaritas!).
  • The downside for kids?  No pool.

Parkview Guest House on St Charles

  • For a unique New Orleans experience, try the ParkView Guest House overlooking magnificent Audubon Park on the St Charles streetcar line.
  • This family-friendly bed and breakfast provides a full southern breakfast every morning, and in the afternoon mom and dad can enjoy the wine buffet on the porch while the kids play and snack on fresh-baked cookies.  Families have been coming to this establishment for generations, for good reason.

You could plan a New Orleans family vacation every year, and never run out of fun places to stay with kids!  Have you visited the Big Easy with kids?  What are some of your favorite kid-friendly hotels in the New Orleans?  Let me know in the comments!

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