All you need to know about New Orleans

New Orleans is the largest city in Louisiana and is located on mouth of the Mississippi River by the Gulf of Mexico. The city is nicknamed the ‘Big Easy’ and is known for its music, vibrant nightlife and spicy cuisine. New Orleans is renowned for being a melting pot of French, African and American cultures, with the city having a district blend of colonial architecture, unique heritage and proud traditions. In spring, the city hosts Mardi Gras, a carnival that epitomises the festive spirit of the local population. The carnival creates an electric atmosphere, with costumes, dancing and street parties aplenty. New Orleans is regarded as an economic and commercial hub for Louisiana and the broader Gulf Coast region. The Port of South Louisiana and Port of New Orleans are two of the largest in the United States. Subsequently, international trade is a key industry in the city, alongside energy and manufacturing. Healthcare also contributes to the local economy, with tourism being incredibly lucrative. In 2019, New Orleans received 19.75 million visitors and recorded a whopping $18.9 billion in visitor spending. When visiting the Big Easy, be sure to check out our range of corporate housing in New Orleans. 

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT STAYING IN NEW ORLEANS?

Having booked your SilverDoor serviced apartment, it is time to prepare for your trip to New Orleans. We have put together some essential information to help prepare you for your stay in Louisiana. 

Transport in New Orleans

Louis Armstrong International Airport serves the city and is situated 11 miles west of New Orleans. The airport predominantly operates connecting flights from major cities from across the United States. Airport shuttles, buses and taxis are the most common ways of reaching downtown New Orleans. Walking is the easiest method of transportation when travelling within the French Quarter of the city. When venturing further afield, consider taking a streetcar, bus, taxi, or scheduling an Uber.

Weather in New Orleans

New Orleans has a humid subtropical climate characterised by hot, humid summers and mild winters. The Big Easy experiences long summers, with temperatures over 30°C from May to September. Hot spells often bring accompanying rain storms to New Orleans through the summer months. In winter, the city is pleasantly mild, although the Gulf of Mexico can bring the occasional cold spell.

Cuisine in New Orleans

New Orleans is world famous for its Creole and Cajun food. Its cuisine is arguably the most distinctly recognised regional cuisine in the United States. Local ingredients, with a mix of French, Spanish, African, Italian and Native American traditions combine to create truly unique and authentic New Orleans food. Popular dishes in New Orleans include gumbo, etouffee and red beans with rice. We highly recommend the local speciality and very tasty jambalaya. 

INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT NEW ORLEANS

-          -   New Orleans is famous for being the birthplace of jazz, with the legendary Louis Armstrong born in the city.

-          -   In 2005, New Orleans was devastated by Hurricane Katrina, with the disaster resulting in 1800 deaths and causing over $125 billion worth of damage. Some of the city is still being rebuilt.

-          -   The first recorded Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans took place in 1837. Masks are also compulsory in New Orleans during Mardi Gras. It is illegal to ride on float without wearing a mask.

-          -   During the American Civil War, New Orleans was the largest city in the Confederate States of America.

-          -   New Orleans is regarded as one of the most haunted cities in America, possibly owing to its voodoo history. Tombs being stored above ground certainly elevate New Orleans’ spooky reputation!

-          -   New Orleans is the original home of the American Mafia and the place where poker was developed.

-          -   New Orleans is one of a few US cities in to have lived under three flags: the French, Spanish and United States.

WHAT IS A SERVICED APARTMENT?

Our serviced apartments in New Orleans are modern, spacious and crafted with business travellers in mind. Our corporate housing offers both comfort and flexibility and features a high level of service quality. Moreover, they offer a unique flexibility that is rarely an option when staying in a traditional hotel. Primarily, our furnished apartments include a flexibility housekeeping service as opposed to a daily clean. Our guests can decide how regularly they would like their apartment serviced. Business travellers appreciate this flexibility which allows for fewer intrusions and makes them feel at home in Louisiana. Secondly, our corporate accommodation in New Orleans comes equipped with kitchen facilities which allows our clients the option of cooking at home or sampling some fine New Orleans cuisine. This flexibility can often make serviced apartments more affordable than hotels. Finally, the average one bedroom apartment in New Orleans is approximately twice the size of a hotel room! This extra space allows our clients the ability to entertain guests and to potentially conduct business meetings in the living area. 

WHY CHOOSE A SERVICED APARTMENT IN NEW ORLEANS WITH SILVERDOOR?

Choosing to stay in corporate housing in New Orleans can be highly advantageous for business travellers. With over 20 years of experience in the business accommodation sector, at SilverDoor we are best placed to understand the needs of every client and not only meet these needs, but exceed them.  We understand that every business traveller has differing needs, which is why our booking agents go above and beyond to ensure that every client is entirely satisfied with the quality of their accommodation. Moreover, we strive to consistently provide the ultimate standard of customer service. Our booking agents have a strong expertise in their field and an in-depth knowledge of our corporate housing partners in New Orleans. They use these insights to find the perfect apartment for your stay. Having the ambition to provide the best standard of business accommodation in New Orleans, we are constantly looking to add to our portfolio in the city and throughout the United States.