HOST CITY: NEW ORLEANS, LA
The soul of New Orleans is thriving! The birthplace of Jazz and festive home of Mardi Gras, New Orleans provides an exciting, colorful setting. Stroll through the picturesque French Quarter and view quaint Italian courtyards, sculpted fountains and sprawling Victorian mansions. Venture to Bourbon Street, the historic center of the French Quarter, known for its lively music, folklore, mystery and iconic architecture as well as its famous night life. Take in a show at Preservation Hall and hear New Orleans musicians playing jazz, explore fine antique shops and art galleries on Royal Street or stop by St. Louis Cathedral and relax as you watch the artists gather around Jackson Square.
A visit to New Orleans would not be complete without sampling its world-renowned restaurants, serving the Cajun and Creole cuisine that helps define this city’s heritage. Relax with a fresh hot beignet and café au lait at Café du Monde. Enjoy celebrated restaurants, including Commander’s Palace, Emeril’s, K-Paul’s, Acme Oyster House, Tujague’s, Mother’s, and Herbsaint for a gastronomic treat. Stop by Pat O’Brien’s on Bourbon Street and try their famous libation—the Hurricane!—as you take in the local jazz scene.
New Orleans offers an abundance of adventures for you to enjoy! Climb aboard the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar for a ramble uptown to the Garden District and Audubon Park and Zoo. The Swamp & Bayou Tour, plantation tours and Garden District and French Quarter Walking Tours are available through Gray Lines. The Steamboat Natchez is moored in the heart of the French Quarter and open for dockside dining and beverages. You’ll also want to visit the National World War II Museum, with its priceless artifacts, displays, oral histories and live entertainment reminiscent of the era. For dining, entertainment and sightseeing, there’s no place like New Orleans!
The JW Marriott New Orleans is tucked within the heart of the city's vibrant downtown district, just moments away from Jackson Square and the French Market. Impeccably appointed rooms and suites boast comfortable bedding, marble bathrooms and ergonomic workspaces. Feast on fire-roasted steak at Fogo de Chão or maintain your workout routine at our fitness center. Enjoy the views while taking a refreshing saltwater swim. Located at a prime French Quarter location, the JW Marriott is the downtown getaway of choice.