The Crescent City is a place of pedestrians and public transportation. For that reason, the best kid friendly hotels in New Orleans are close enough to all the action to walk, but not so close that the nightlife keeps the kids up too late.
We’ve compiled a list of the best family hotels in New Orleans, with ideal locations and family-friendly amenities including pools, suite-style rooms, and more. Use this guide to plan where to stay on your New Orleans family vacation.
Best Historic Kid Friendly Hotels in New Orleans
Boutique hotels provide the perfect atmosphere to immerse yourself in the local culture, and Bienville House is no exception. The adorable wrought-iron balconies dripping with flowers and greenery, along with classic decor help get families in the New Orleans spirit.
Just across the street from Bienville House lies the Mississippi Riverfront. And a five-minute walk down Decatur Street takes guests to the St. Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square. The best landmarks, attractions, and dining all close enough for little legs to walk to.
Families especially love the heated saltwater pool in the charming courtyard. The perfect place to relax after a long day of sightseeing.
Check out my full review of Bienville House on Trekaroo.com.
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The Roosevelt Hotel
If you are looking for a historic hotel with an upscale vibe that still caters to families, The Roosevelt Hotel is a great option. Its lobby welcomes guests with gilded ceilings and chandeliers reminiscent of the hotel’s 125-year history. Presidents Calvin Coolidge, Dwight Eisenhower, Gerald Ford and Bill Clinton have all stayed at the Roosevelt.
Families will especially enjoy the suites which have bedrooms separate from the living area so there is plenty of room for everyone. They also love the rooftop pool and bar area which is a great place to relax after a long day of exploring the city. Mom and Dad might also want to take advantage of the full service spa onsite.
Christmas is an especially popular time to stay at the Roosevelt Hotel when the the lobby is decked out with plenty of holiday decorations and several Christmas trees. You will also want to check out the large gingerbread display in Teddy’s Cafe, a popular place to grab breakfast at the hotel.
The Roosvelt is within an easy walk of Bourbon Street, Jackson Square, and the waterfront.
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Best Family Hotels in New Orleans are All-Suite Hotels
Homewood Suites French Quarter
At the Homewood Suites French Quarter, families have all the amenities of home. There is a full kitchen in every room and hot breakfast included with your stay which helps make meals easy and convenient for families visiting New Orleans.
The location at the northern border of the French Quarter means you won’t be kept awake by the sounds of Bourbon Street, but all the main attractions are within easy walking distance.
When you need a break from the city, check out the games in the lobby or the pool in the courtyard. There is also a putting green and pool table onsite to keep the kids entertained. Parents will also appreciate that there is a laundry room and a gym available for their use.
The welcoming staff and helpful concierge service makes families feel catered to and comfortable.
Embassy Suites New Orleans
We have said it before and we will say it again, Embassy Suites are great options for families. I have stayed at this Embassy Suites on multiple occassions and have never been disappointed.
The Embassy Suites New Orleans is located downtown, next to the hip Wharehouse District that has lots of great dining options.
It is very close to the convention center and Mississippi River and about a mile from Bourbon Street. We find the whole area to be very walkable but there are plenty of public tranportation options as well.
Just like all other Embassy Suites, this one offers suite-style rooms that have a living area separate from the dining area. If you have larger family and don’t want the cost of more than one room, You can sleep six in the rooms that have two queens and a pull-out couch.
There is also a fresh made-to-order hot breakfast included with your stay as well as a complimentary reception in the evening that includes beverages (yesm even alcohol) and snacks. Kids will be happy to learn there is an outdoor pool for them to splash in after a day of exploring the city.
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Best Kid Friendly Hotels in New Orleans with Childrens Programs
Omni Royal Orleans
Kids love the Omni Kids Crew program at Omni Royal Orleans. At check-in, they receive a backpack with games, stickers, binoculars, and more to keep them entertained. And on the first night of their stay, the staff welcomes kiddos with milk and cookies delivered right to their room.
The rooftop pool provides a stunning view of the Mississippi River and the French Quarter. The pool is heated year-round, so kids can enjoy a swim no matter the weather.
Families also appreciate the central location, close to many family attractions and restaurants. There is also rooms service and onsite dining at the hotel restaurants available. On weekend, Rib Room, the hotel’s signature restuarant offers a class New Orleans Jazz brunch. Don’t worry, they have a kids menu as well.
Loews New Orleans
Kids and parents love Loews New Orleans Hotel for its Loews Loves Families Program. Kids get access to coloring books, crayons, and even game tablets. And parents receive a specially curated family-friendly activity guide and access to any baby gear they may need.
This hotel is also in an ideal business district location with walking access to the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, but is still being close to the French Quarter. And the Riverwalk Mall, which happens to house a Cafe du Monde along with several other great shops and restaurants, is located just down the street!
The 8th floor holds a family favorite, the indoor swimming pool. Let the kids splash and play while you relax in the hot tub.
Best Family Hotel in New Orleans During Mardi Gras
Hilton New Orleans/St. Charles Avenue
One of the best family hotels in New Orleans during Mardi Gras season is the Hilton New Orleans/St Charles Avenue. The uptown location along the main parade route provides a family-friendly location with special viewing stations and perks for hotel guests.
A 15-minute walk brings guests to key French Quarter landmarks, with the hotel just far enough away to escape when you need a break. And the streetcar stop just a block away whisks visitors off to the Garden District and Audubon Zoo.
The historic 1920’s property houses a heated pool and oversized-jacuzzi, as well as a fitness center, in the basement for your relaxation and enjoyment.
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Disclosure: Some of the hotels mentioned were visited as part of a media visit. No compensation was received and all options are always our own.