Hotel at a Glance: The Mercantile Hotel
From this Warehouse District hotel, you can get to a lot of popular New Orleans attractions on foot. Head about 11 minutes east to eat Café Du Monde’s famous beignets along the riverfront, or stroll 13 minutes southwest to visit the National WWII Museum. Walk 15 minutes north of the hotel to sip milk punch and hand grenades in the French Quarter.
- Take a ride on the nearby Riverfront streetcar line to shop for artwork in Jackson Square and eat creole food at the French Market.
- Enjoy the view of the skyline or the Mississippi River from your suite’s separate bedroom and living area.
- In your suite: Aveda bath products and free WiFi, along with a microwave and a mini fridge
- Historical charm: The exposed brick you’ll see is a remnant of the building’s time as the Henderson Sugar Refinery, which dates back to the late 1800s.
New Orleans’ Central Business District: Vibrant Downtown with Lots of Historic Character
In the 1960s, many of the historic neighborhoods of the Central Business District were torn down to make way for high-rise office buildings and parking lots. Had a preservationist group not intervened, the neighborhood would have looked a lot different today. They not only salvaged many of the neighborhood’s 19th- and 20th- century buildings, but also much of its character. Today, you can see some of this character at historic Lafayette Square, which hosts free concerts and movies.
If you’re in the mood for some shopping, head to The Shops at Canal Place, a massive indoor shopping complex along the Mississippi River. From here, you can easily walk to Harrah’s, the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, and other attractions along the riverfront or take the St. Charles streetcar past antebellum mansions and southern live oaks en route to the Garden District to the south.