Bachelor parties are always fun, and when you can get the guys to travel together and party in another city, it’s even better. College road trips can be lots of fun, but bachelor parties are great because most of the group is at an ideal stage in life where they have more money, but can still get away for a fun vacation with friends.
Las Vegas is a common destination for bachelor parties, and it’s definitely the place to go if you have the money to go all out on gambling and clubbing. But New Orleans is a unique destination and a great alternative. We did the Vegas thing a couple times already, so the plan was to get the most out of the Bourbon Street experience.
Some of the guys flew down early on Thursday night, and a few of us arrived on Friday. I flew American Airlines to MSY airport and took a cab to the New Orleans Marriott at 555 Canal Street. This is where things started to go downhill…
I had paid extra for a suite, but when I arrived the person at the desk gave me a key and I went to the room, only to find that it was a regular hotel room. I called the front desk and went back downstairs, and that’s when I learned that the “suites” at the New Orleans Marriott are not really true suites, they are two connected rooms. Granted, the living room that connects is actually very large in terms of square footage, but my personal opinion is that the door between the two rooms looks and feels very cheap. It’s obvious that someone decided they could make more money by selling the “bedroom” part of the suite as a regular hotel room when they can’t sell the entire suite. But it just doesn’t feel like a real suite then. And of course, the front desk had only given me one key to the regular hotel room, and the connecting door was locked so I couldn’t access the living area. They corrected this problem, but it didn’t make a good first impression.
The second problem was that the living room area, while large, was not in the best shape. In fact, there was water dripping from the ceiling and causing a wet spot on the carpeted floor. I called this in, but never saw it fixed during my entire stay.
Overall, I would not recommend the New Orleans Marriott if you have a choice of hotel. In this case, the entire group was staying there so it only made sense to have everyone in the same hotel.
As for the rest of the trip, Emeril’s Delmonico is a nice steakhouse even if you don’t get to see Emeril himself, Harrah’s New Orleans is a fun casino and if you play a lot at any Harrah’s, our friend got a comp room at the Marriott through their Total Rewards program. And of course, Bourbon Street is well… it’s an experience you’ll have to see for yourself.
So start planning the next bachelor party, whether it’s Vegas, New Orleans, or another party destination!