You don’t have to hit it big on the Blackjack tables to be a winner at Harrah’s New Orleans.
Located in the heart of The Big Easy, Harrah’s, owned by Caesars Entertainment, is just blocks from the French Quarter, so it’s just as perfect a destination for the reveler who craves Bourbon Street jazz after sunset as it is for the mindful traveler, who’d rather catch early-morning yoga at the Louisiana State Museum.
Of the hotel’s 450 smoke-free rooms, 88 are suites. Talk about lush. These are where you want to stay.
The 900-square-foot respites err on the side of small apartments with wraparound sofas, flat-screen televisions and minibars. Paintings of cityscapes at sunset and horn players, courtesy of New Orleans-based artist Frenchy, give the boudoirs a cozy feel. Tiled bathrooms, complete with his-and-her sinks, and deep bathtubs are both modern and relaxing.
Baby grand pianos and fully stocked bars are amenities that make Harrah’s super suites super. Twenty-six stories up, the view of the Crescent City Connection – twin bridges that span over the Mississippi River – is breathless.
Comedian and radio host Steve Harvey enjoys Harrah’s super suites. And we hear he is a fan of the butler service there, too. Other celebs who have maxed and relaxed at Harrah’s are comedian Kevin Hart, actress and singer Amber Rose and Hollywood super couple Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union.
Just behind Harrah’s hotel is Fulton Street. Back in 1984 the promenade was billed as a hub of entertainment for the World’s Fair. Today, Fulton Street is the heart of New Orleans’ warehouse district, bridging the old city to the convention center/financial neighborhood. It is the pulse of New Orleans’ urban redevelopment too, as it was one of the first areas to come back to life after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city nearly 10 years ago.
On Fulton Street is Manning’s Eat-Drink-Cheer, the sports bar to beat all sports bars. The restaurant is Archie Manning’s – father of NFL stars Peyton and Eli Manning – haven for pure yumminess.
Manning’s features 30 flat-screen TVs, where New Orleans Saints and Louisiana State University games are always on. Visitors to Manning’s may swivel in a real sports anchor’s chair or gaze at memorabilia so major it includes a photo of just-retired New York Yankee Derek Jeter and Peyton Manning.
The menu offers 24 craft beers – yes, 24 – along with slow-cooked honey barbecue ribs, juicy cheeseburger sliders, grilled hotdog hoagies and nachos dripping with well, everything.
Harrah’s Casino sits across the street from Fulton Alley. And the gaming property is much more of an entertainment complex than a dark and smoky meeting place for the betting kind.
Of course, there are the requisite casino buffets. But while testing your luck on craps, visit the just-renovated Harrah’s Casino bars for classic cocktails like the Old Fashioned and the Hurricane. The high roller lounges feature bartenders who can mix you up specialty martinis that taste just like key lime pie or banana nut bread.
Even if lady luck doesn’t smile on you, Harrah’s-goers must treat themselves to dinner at Besh Steak, the farm-to-table meets fine restaurant with John Besh as its executive chef.
After dinner – and probably a nap – your next stop should be the glitzy Harrah’s nightclub, Masquerade. Open every night, it’s a great place to celebrity watch as Dirty South rapper Lil Jon and Questlove have chilled there as VIP guests.
The next time you’re planning a trip to New Orleans make Harrah’s your all-in-one vacation stop.