New Orleans is one of the largest cities and metropolitan areas in the state of Louisiana, in the USA. New Orleans is marked as the 46th largest city in the US, and full of tourism opportunities. It is no surprise then, that New Orleans has been ranked as one of the top 10 most popular cities to visit in the USA.
In 2004, 10.1 million tourists flocked to the city to get a taste of life in New Orleans. In 2005, the city hit its target, and broke its visitation record. By 2007, New Orleans had over 140 hotels and motels in operation, with over 31,000 rooms.
In terms of entertainment, by 2009, a poll covering travel and leisure of ‘America’s Favourite Cities’ ranked New Orleans at number one out of ten different categories, and was ranked in the highest first-place rankings of the 30 cities included within the poll. The poll also ranked New Orleans as the most popular U.S. city for a break during the spring. This was mainly down the promotion of the city’s stylish boutique hotel facilities, wild weekends, cocktail hours, bar and singles scenes, live music bands and concerts. The city also boasts an array of vintage shops, selling sought-after merchandise and antiques. Cafés and coffee bars and neighbourhood restaurants are also attractive venues for tourists looking for somewhere to relax.
Today, New Orleans still upholds its popular reputation, and one of its most sought-after hotels is the popular Marriott chain. New Orleans is home to 17 different Marriott hotels. Ranging from its new Renaissance Orleans Pere Marquette Hotel, which boasts a new lobby, a fitness centre and a swimming pool.
Other hotels within New Orleans’ Marriott group, include The Ritz Carlton, which prizes itself for its full service spa. Its other New Orleans hotels around the city include the SpringHill Suites, situated at New Orleans Downtown. This hotel comprises of free high-speed internet, a complementary breakfast include in each stay, a modern fitness centre and a large guest swimming pool.
As well as the modern facilities, each Marriott Hotel offers an exquisite menu, to cater for each guest and their requirements. The Marriott Hotel group prides itself in providing a menu, where each dish is broken down, to allow each guest to experience a series of mouthwatering traditional cuisines, whilst learning about the natural ingredients that can be found in each dish.
Marriott also runs a dedicated website, allowing their users to book their luxury travel experience at a click of a button, learn about the popular locations each of their hotels are based, and receive reminders and confirmation by email, to keep them in the loop before arrival. New and recent technology has now allowed Marriott to produce a mobile app, allowing its customers to book their stay with them on the move.