From locally owned five-star restaurants to historical buildings, museums, and more, New Orleans’ CBD is a vibrant commercial center drawing New Orleans’ best artist, chefs, and local business owners of all kinds to the southern mecca. As if a unique, historical touch wasn’t enough, the Central Business District, has a lot to offer including eloquent dining options and prime attractions that are perfect for group events!
Hilton St. Charles: “A Hidden Oyster”
Built in 1926, the Hilton St. Charles originally operated as a masonic temple. Over the past 90 years, the Hilton St. Charles remains an iconic piece of history in the heart of the CBD. Laying on the route of the historical street car line and St. Charles Mardi Gras parade route, this hotel features gorgeous architecture and design elements from the 1920s. Also housing over 10,000 sq. ft. of indoor event space, including multiple breakout rooms, exquisite ballrooms, and boardrooms, this historical hotel is truly one of a kind.
Being in a prime location with a lot to offer, the Hilton St. Charles is a top-notch option for business events, room blocks, and weddings. Blocks away from the word-famous French Quarter and Arts District, this venue offers easy access to any-where in the city, and that’s why businesses love us!
Taking care of you while you do what you’re best at is this team’s goal. By providing modern business conveniences including A/V capabilities and video conferencing, this venue is on your side to help deliver knockout presentations.
Within its walls, this location houses a hidden 500 seat theater, 6 meeting venue spaces, and an onsite 5 star restaurant, Luke. Luke is known for their fresh seafood and collect from 6 different bodies of water across the US. Be sure to stop by the New Orleans Oyster festival, this June, with live music and of course unlimited oysters. Hilton St. Charles is truly a special gem that is sure to impress. Sit back, relax, and Laissez Les bon Temps Rouler!
Group Adventures, Steps Away
The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority operates the oldest operating streetcar line in the world. Since its birth in 1835, the streetcar now has 5 operating routes throughout New Orleans: Rampart/St. Claude, Riverfront, St. Charles, Canal (Cemeteries), and Canal (City Park). On its tracks, you will pass the World War II Museum, New Orleans cemeteries, New Orleans Museum of Art, Audubon Zoo, and the Garden District. The WWII Museum has been named a number one attraction in New Orleans. This is truly a must-see attraction, bringing history to life!
The streetcar line is the most affordable, historical tour on tracks, only cost $1.25 or you can purchase day passes.
Tableau and the La Petite Theatre: “Laughter and Lagniappe”
La Petite Theatre, founded in 1916, is one of the nation’s oldest community theatres. Dickie Brennan Restaurant Group bought a portion of the theatre building in 2011, and Tableau was born. It has been named one of the best fine dining restaurants in the city. From traditional barbeque shrimp and grits to truffled crab claws, the variety of crustaceans are endless. You are truly in for a local New Orleans treat!
Insectarium/ Aquarium: “Rolling on the River”
The Butterfly Garden and Insectarium is located inside US Custom House on Canal Street. This is America’s largest museum dedicated to insects, where you are encouraged to use your senses to explore different insects and their friends!
In close proximity is also the Audubon Aquarium, located on the riverside portion of downtown. The aquarium is the coordinator of the Louisiana Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program. This is a hands-on exhibit, where you can touch a sting ray and feed sea animals of all kinds!
These adventures are perfect for a group events and cultivating a New Orleans experience.