Visitors for the Super Bowl stroll along Bourbon Street on Saturday, February 2, 2013, in New Orleans. Copyright Kathy Anderson Photography
Whether you refer to New Orleans as “Nawlins,” the “city that care forgot,” the “birthplace of jazz,” the “crescent city” or the “Big Easy,” there’s always something happening here! To learn more about the city and the countless attractions, nightlife, dining options, music and other entertainment, educational and cultural options available to you, visit the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, Experience New Orleans!, and NewOrleansOnline websites. Or check out the latest news and information about the city at The Times-Picayune website.
Of course, you can readily march to your own beat in New Orleans. The conference location in the French Quarter will put you just steps away from many of the city’s attractions, including the Aquarium of the Americas, French Market, Harrah’s Casino, Riverwalk MarketPlace, Jackson Square, the St. Louis Cathedral, antique shops and galleries along Royal Street, and much more! But the sights don’t stop there. A stroll through the French Quarter can provide a glimpse of the city’s art, architecture, history, and much more. There are a variety of New Orleans tour options, or you can strike out on your own. A stroll through the French Quarter also can lend a view of the nightlife, music, and food for which the city is famous.
You don’t have to be confined to the French Quarter, even if you do not drive to the conference. You can take a ride back in history by cvatching one of the famed St. Charles Streetcars for a leisurely and inexpensive ride past the historic homes in the city’s Garden District, The Audubon Park and Zoo, and Tulane and Loyola universities. And if you can’t get enough of the streetcars, try the Riverfront or Canal streetcar lines.
Getting to New Orleans:
Fly into Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) which is about 30 minutes from Hotel Monteleone. Most major airlines and a few regional airlines service MSY.
Transfers from the airport to Hotel Monteleone:
- Airport Shuttle
- $44.00 round trip per person
- $24.00 one-way per person
- First three bags are free
- Make a reservation online or by phone:
- $33 one way to or from the hotel for up to two passengers (including luggage)
- or $14 one way per person with three or more people
- If you’re traveling light and have extra time, take Jefferson Transit’s airport bus, which runs between the main terminal entrance and the Central Business District (CBD) which is a 15 minute walk to the hotel.
- $2 per person
- Does not run after 6:53pm nor on the weekends.
- Streetcars and buses
- $1.25 fares an be paid on board with exact cash
- Or purchase one- or three-day passes for $3 and $9, respectively
- If you are worried about walking, don’t hesitate to grab a taxi. They are used to short trips! The largest local companies are United Cabs, White Fleet, and American.
- Rates are roughly $2 per mile with a base fare of $3.50 and $1 for each additional passenger.
- Uber and Lyft
- This is another viable option for getting around the city and is pretty dependable. Rates vary depending on the demand and distance. The two companies are similarly priced.
- Rent a Bike
- BuzzNOLA – 7 minute walk from Hotel Monteleone
- Hourly $10
- Half day (4 hours) $25
- Full day (8 hours) $30
- RideTHISbike – 4 minute walk from Hotel Monteleone
- Rent for up to 4 hours:
- Single-Speed – $25
- Multi-Speed – $30