The official hotel of Phoenix Rising is the inviting Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, located across the street from the French Quarter at 500 Canal Street. The Sheraton New Orleans welcomes us not only with a discounted room rate and first-class service, but stunning views of the city and surrounding area, and a staff that knows their Harry Potter.
The Sheraton New Orleans was almost entirely undamaged in Hurricane Katrina, and is open and accepting guests. The Sheraton hosted our staff January 5-8, 2006 and again May 26-29, 2006 in grand style, and after a thorough inspection of the hotel, we are thrilled to say that the space is ideal for Phoenix Rising. The 1,100 rooms overlook the city, from the Mississippi River all the way to Lake Pontchartrain, and come with the new Sweet Sleeper Beds®. Additionally, the Sheraton performed a soft renovation on the guest rooms in May, 2006, following the departure of the FEMA guests it had housed until then. Our programming and events that take place in the hotel will occupy two entire floors of dedicated space. Attendees can dine at the Roux Bistro, indulge at the Pelican Bar, or grab a quick cup at the Starbucks in the stunning lobby.
The following information pertains to the room block for Phoenix Rising. We recommend that you book your reservation early, as New Orleans in spring tends to be very popular.
The discounted room rate for Phoenix Rising is $165 per night, plus tax. This room rate is good for up to four people in a room, and will apply to any rooms booked for the night of May 11, 2007 through the night of May 24, 2007. If you'd like to extend your stay, this is a wonderful opportunity to tour New Orleans in the height of spring.
Club level rooms those rooms on the very upper floors of the hotel, which receive additional perks such as a continental breakfast are $195 per night, plus tax. Again, this room rate is good for up to four people in a room, and will apply to any rooms booked for the night of May 11, 2007 through the night of May 24, 2007. Please note that Club level rooms for several nights of Phoenix Rising have sold out. You may still be able to reserve a Club level room by adjusting your dates or upon a cancellation.
To make reservations with the Sheraton New Orleans, either go here to use our custom online reservations system, or telephone the Sheraton's reservations staff at (888) 627-7033. If you are using the telephone to make reservations, please make sure to identify yourself as a member of the Phoenix Rising Conference to receive our discounted rate. The hotel will hold our room block at this rate until April 25, 2007; after that, the discount will only be offered on a space-available basis.
The Sheraton New Orleans Hotel's best amenity is, of course, its location. The hotel is right across historic Canal Street from the French Quarter, and is a short walk from her shopping, restaurants and jazz clubs, from the charming to the boisterous. The Sheraton is also a quick five blocks from the Mississippi River, where Woldenberg Park, the Riverwalk Mall, Harrah's Casino, and the Aquarium of the Americas are located. If you have a free evening, both the Creole Queen and the Cajun Queen Mississippi riverboats launch by the Riverwalk Mall.
If you wend your way along the river, you'll encounter first the Central Business District, then the Warehouse District, then the gracious and historic Garden District. Traveling up Canal Street, away from the Mississippi River and toward Lake Pontchartrain, takes you to the City Park, many of New Orleans' famous cemeteries and the Louisiana Superdome.
Of course, location is far from the only amenity the Sheraton New Orleans has to offer. Her views span the city, and her guest rooms are quite comfortable and were newly renovated in the spring of 2006. When you walk into the lobby, the first thing you'll notice is the wrought-iron detailing of the Pelican Bar, the dominant feature of the space. The Pelican Bar, named after Louisiana's state bird, features comfortable chairs and glass-walled views of the city. The lobby also includes a Starbucks, though the short walk to Café du Monde for beignets and classic, New Orleans-style café au lait is always tempting. The hotel has a full service restaurant, the Roux Bistro, and offers room service around the clock.
The hotel offers a health club, wireless access, and other more standard hotel amenities, but the true draw of the Sheraton New Orleans is her airy spaces, her top-notch service and her location in the heart of the Crescent City.
If you have questions or concerns about the Sheraton New Orleans, please call the hotel at (504) 525-2500 or e-mail the Phoenix Rising team at email@example.com. Please direct questions about specific reservations to the hotel, as Phoenix Rising does not have access to your personal reservation information.
Pictures provided courtesy of the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel.