Thank you to Cambria Hotels for sponsoring this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Hi Friends! We are officially back from our trip to NOLA and the Cambria Hotel New Orleans Downtown Warehouse District and I wanted to share my recap with you all because this was such a fun trip! Cambria Hotels allowed me and Angelle from Dashing Darlin’ to swap cities for a few days as part of their Blogger Shuffle program. Angelle sent me a super helpful itinerary of all her favorite things to do in NOLA – which I will be sharing below!
Dan and I treated this trip as a babymoon since I won’t be able to fly in a few short weeks. This was a great location for a babymoon (Hello Beignets and Cajun food!) but NOLA is also the perfect destination for a girl’s trip, Bachelorette party, or wedding destination!
Now let’s talk about the hotel. The Cambria Hotel New Orleans Downtown Warehouse District has a very chic, ultra-modern, industrial vibe. All Cambria locations have been designed to appeal to today’s design-literate, experience-hungry, and health-and-wellness-focused travelers. The first floor holds a contemporary lobby, cocktail bar, authentic Southern cuisine inspired restaurant, fully equipped gym, and art gallery featuring local artists. The stylish, creative décor running throughout the hotel provides multiple options to just relax or take a few photo ops.
One of my favorite things about the Cambria Hotel New Orleans Downtown Warehouse District was the location. Located in the Warehouse District (also referred to as the Arts District) the hotel is perfect for walking to the city’s most prominent museums, strolling through neighborhood art galleries (there are over 25 of them nearby), and dining at the city’s very best restaurants, cafés, and bistros.
The hotel is a leisurely walk (or quick Uber ride) from an abundance of live music venues and New Orleans’ most iconic festivals, parks, attractions, and cocktail bars. The city’s streetcar system is about a seven-minute walk from the hotel’s front door and offers easy access to the Central Business District, the French Quarter, Bourbon Street, Frenchman Street, and beyond! We walked into the French Quarter multiple times each day and I preferred staying slightly away from the craziness but close enough to not feel as though we were missing any action.
We stayed in a premier king suite that overlooks the Crescent City Connection. You walk into an ultra-modern sitting room with a pull-out couch and flat screen TV. Down the hall, you’ll find a spacious bathroom and beautiful king size bed. The Cambria Hotel New Orleans Downtown Warehouse District 162 rooms with queen, king, or suite style rooms. We toured a few of the other rooms and all were very spacious, chic, and modern.
If you are staying at the Cambria Hotel New Orleans Downtown Warehouse District, I would highly suggest taking advantage of their Cambria Nightcap Program. The Nightcap program is Cambria’s modern take on the traditional nightcap, allowing guests to wind down with little luxuries to enjoy a personalized capstone to their day. They offer amenities like facemasks, shower bursts, and Chamomile Lavender tea to end your night. Choice Privileges members can receive one complimentary item (i.e. facemask, shower burst, herbal tea, 250 Choice Privilege Pints, or $5 beverage coupon) upon check-in. Guests and locals can try and item off the Modern Nightcap Menu (i.e. milk + cookies or milk punch cocktail) at the hotel bar and bistro. The Cambria Nightcap Program is available at select Cambria locations through the month of July!
Now that you’re up to speed on all the amenities offered at the Cambria, let’s talk about what we did while we were in New Orleans. NOLA is known for their delicious food, jazz music, and nightlife. On day one, we arrived at the Cambria about mid-afternoon. After getting settled, we did some exploring in the Warehouse District, had a great meal at Meril, and ended with a facemask courtesy of the Cambria Nightcap Program and movie in our room back at the hotel.
If you are unfamiliar with the New Orleans Warehouse District, here are a few recommendations on things to do.
- Marcello’s Restaurant & Wine Bar
- Compère Lapin
- St James Cheese Company
- The Outlet Collection Riverwalk
- WWII Museum
- Royal Street Art Galleries
On day two, we woke up early and had breakfast at the Cambria Hotel New Orleans Downtown Warehouse District restaurant. Their breakfast sandwiches and egg white omelets were delicious! After breakfast we headed out into the French Quarter. We really enjoyed exploring the Shops of the Colonnade within the French Market. After some shopping, we went to Justine’s for lunch – one of Angelle’s recommendations! We ate at Herbsaint for dinner that night which is located super close to the hotel. We checked out Harrah’s Casino before heading back to the hotel for some Chamomile Lavender tea off the Modern Nightcap Menu.
On our last day, we wondered over to the famous Café Du Monde for some coffee and beignets. We explored around Jackson Square and took a carriage ride to learn about the history of the French Quarter. We stopped at Napoleon House for lunch where Dan enjoyed a traditional Pimm’s Cup and muffuletta. I had a niçoise salad which was to die for! After lunch, we explored the shops on Magazine Street. We stopped at Peche’ for a light dinner and listened to some live music on Frenchman Street. We ended our night with a Citrus shower burst back at the Cambria Hotel New Orleans Downtown Warehouse District.
We had such a fun, relaxing babymoon in New Orleans with Cambria Hotels and I can’t wait to go back! Since we were only here for a few days, we weren’t able to hit all the spots on Angelle’s list, but here are some of her recommendations that we will definitely be checking out next time!
NOLA Hot Spots:
- Monkey Board
- Willa Jean
I hope this NOLA recap was helpful and please reach out if you need some additional suggestions! Thank you again to Cambria Hotels and the wonderful staff at the Cambria Hotel New Orleans Downtown Warehouse District!