Deep South Discounts

Summer in New Orleans means savings for your clients

By: Cheré Dastugue Coen

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Kermit Ruffins at Satchmo Summerfest.
Summer is always a slower time for New Orleans tourism, due to the Deep South heat and humidity. Less than two years out from the damaging force of Katrina, business could be better. “This summer is a little slower than we wish it would be because of the misconceptions,” said Mary Beth Romig, publicity director of the New Orleans Metropolitan Convention Visitor’s Bureau, adding that some people think the tourism segment of New Orleans has not returned.

But that couldn’t be further from the truth. New hotels have opened, the majority of the city’s restaurants are back online and some hotels, such as the Ritz-Carlton, have renovated their properties and reconfigured to allow more services to their clients. The Ritz spa, for instance, has been moved to a more spacious floor and summer amenities include cooking instruction, etiquette classes for kids and mixology advice.

In addition, free events abound, such as Satchmo Summerfest, Aug. 2-5 in the French Quarter, that includes live music on four stages at the Old U.S. Mint, jazz- related seminars, a Second Line parade, special food events and a Jazz Mass at St. Augustine Catholic Church. For more information on Satchmo Summerfest, visit FrenchQuarter

Some of the city’s hotel specials designed to entice tourists through September include:

Ritz-Carlton New Orleans: Rates are being slashed as low as $149 for July and August and visits include afternoon tea, live music and a Snowball Sommelier serving up authentic New Orleans “snowballs” with a gourmet culinary twist.

Chateau Sonesta Hotel: The French Quarter Forever package begins at $89, per night, and allows special views of the French Quarter, courtyards or the outdoor pool, plus a bottle of champagne upon arrival.

Harrah’s New Orleans Hotel: The Dusk ’til Dawn package starts at $199 and includes breakfast for two at the delectable Riche by Todd English restaurant.

Ritz-Carlton New Orleans: Hilton Garden Inn: The Sizzlin’ Southern Summer Special package features a $89 rate with free parking, in-room movie and two sodas from Pavilion Pantry.

Hotel Monteleone: Guestrooms are offered for $99-$109, with suites as low as $169 in the Suite Summer Deals package.

InterContinental New Orleans: Guests receive a $40 gas card and free valet parking with the It’s a Gas Giveaway package. Rates start at $129, per deluxe room, with a minimum stay of two nights required.

Loews New Orleans Hotel: Summer rates start at $149 per night.

Royal Sonesta Hotel: The French Quarter Romance package for $275 features breakfast in bed one morning, brunch at Court of Two Sisters in the French Quarter, dinner in Begue’s Restaurant in the hotel, two drink coupons and romantic evening turndown service with champagne and truffles.

Windsor Court Hotel: Summer Escape rates run $129 for a guestroom to $169 for a suite. The Suite Dreams package starts at $179 and includes complimentary breakfast for two. The Stay Another Day package gives guests the opportunity to stay three nights with the fourth night free, although it’s not available during citywide conventions and festivals. Additional rooms for families are available for $99.

Chateau Sonesta Hotel

Harrah’s New Orleans Hotel

Hilton Garden Inn New Orleans

Hotel Monteleone

InterContinental New Orleans

Loews New Orleans Hotel

Ritz-Carlton New Orleans

Royal Sonesta Hotel

Windsor Court Hotel

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