64th Annual Employee Benefits Conference

Sunday, October 14 - Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA
Conference begins in:


1. Astor Crowne Plaza

Astor Crowne Plaza 

IF Block: 499
$245 single/double
693 guest rooms

Where Canal Street meets Bourbon Street, the newly renovated Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans provides luxury accommodations amid the beating heart of the legendary French Quarter. Discover a rich diversity of elegant comforts and conveniences, including free Wi-Fi, flat screen HD TVs,  a sparkling outdoor seasonal swimming pool, an acclaimed on-site restaurant and state-of-the-art fitness facility. Just outside, you'll enjoy a whirlwind of enchanting festivals, theater, music, cultural exhibits and culinary delights. You'll also enjoy close proximity to must-see attractions, such as French Quarter/Bourbon Street, Harrah's Casino, Jackson Square, the Aquarium of the Americas, the Superdome and Riverwalk Shopping. Equipped with a business center and  provide valet parking, limousine service, and a professional, attentive concierge to help make your New Orleans experience productive, comfortable and fun.

2. Hilton New Orleans Riverside**

Hilton New Orleans Riverside 

IF Block: 1,000
$262 Standard, single/double
$277 View, Single/double
1,622 guest rooms

Stay in downtown New Orleans at Hilton New Orleans Riverside and enjoy a prime location on the banks of the Mississippi River, adjacent to New Orleans Convention Center, Harrah's Casino, and connected to the Outlet Collection at Riverwalk. Our Riverfront hotel is located just a short four block walk to the city's colorful French Quarter and steps away from art galleries, award winning restaurants, and live music venues.  Enjoy an authentic New Orleans breakfast complete with beignets at our Le Croissant Restaurant.  Grab lunch or dinner complimented with world-famous charbroiled oysters at Drago's seafood restaurant or gather your colleagues in our networking bar, Spirits.  For a relaxing after hours treat slip into our newest crafted cocktail lounge on the second floor, Public Belt.  And at the end of the day recharge in a spacious guest room offering views of downtown New Orleans or the Mississippi River.

3. Hotel Monteleone 

Hotel Monteleone 

IF Block: 300
$265 single /double
570 guest rooms

Experience timeless luxury in the heart of the French Quarter when you stay at Hotel Monteleone, your home away from home. Since 1886, Hotel Monteleone has proudly stood as one of the first New Orleans landmarks. This world-famous French Quarter hotel is just one block away from Bourbon Street and within walking distance of the most famous attractions and restaurants in New Orleans. Featuring 570 luxurious Guest Rooms, including 55 Luxury Suites and Literary Author Suites, Hotel Monteleone provides everything you need for your trip to New Orleans.  For your first meal, why not try the classic cuisine at the Criollo Restaurant located on-site or try a signature drink at the Carousel Bar & Lounge. The hotel also offers a heated rooftop pool for you to enjoy during your downtime or workout in the 24/7 fitness center.

4. Hyatt Centric French Quarter 

The InterContinental New Orleans  I

IF Block: 120
$229 single/double
254 guest rooms

At Hyatt Centric French Quarter New Orleans, you’ll become immersed in the true New Orleans spirit the moment you arrive. The French Quarter neighborhood is welcoming and lively, with a variety of top sights and the Bourbon Street scene just moments away from our hotel. Rest up in your cozy guestroom, with 254 unique spaces to choose from. Dine onsite at Red Fish Grill and Powdered Sugar, both offering local specialties, enjoy the chic ambience of Batch Bar or grab a cocktail poolside, and enjoy the classic Hard Rock Café experience. Work out in the 24-hour fitness center, or get work done in the 24-hour business center.

If you’re looking to relax further, book a massage from our menu of in-room spa services. When you’re recharged and ready for adventures, our hotel is located nearby to public transit stops for the bus and streetcar, allowing you to travel to a variety of New Orleans neighborhoods with ease.

5. The InterContinental New Orleans

The InterContinental New Orleans  

IF Block: 200
$219 single/double
484 guest rooms


Renovated in 2014, InterContinental New Orleans is located in the heart of New Orleans' Central Business District, where shopping, entertainment, and the city's best restaurants meet. Just steps away from the French Quarter and Warehouse District, InterContinental New Orleans is a symbol of unpretentious luxury and hosts discerning travelers from all over the world.

Each room features elegantly-appointed décor, a mini-bar, Keurig coffee maker with complimentary coffee, a 42" television, complimentary WiFi and plush robes and slippers. Our non-smoking facilities our individually climate-controlled, and rooms offer a laptop-size safe for storage.

Enjoy a few laps in our rooftop pool, and take advantage of our 24-hour amenities including a business center, fitness center, and in-room dining for guests. Wake up to a delicious breakfast buffet in Pete's restaurant or dine Creole and Cajun cuisine for lunch or dinner in Trenasse. Both restaurants are conveniently located on our first floor.

6. Le Méridien Hotel

Le Meridien Hotel 

IF Block: 200
$245 single/double
410 guest rooms

Discover the $29 million full property transformation from W New Orleans to Le Méridien New Orleans, completed in 2014. Located in the Central Business District, the hotels sits across from Harrah's Casino and is less than a mile from the New Orleans Convention Center. It's close to high-end shopping, great restaurants, the French Quarter and some of the city's most popular attractions. Le Méridien New Orleans offers 410 redesigned guestrooms, including 22 suites that offer spectacular views of downtown, Le Méridien Hub featuring Longitude Bar and a new restaurant, LMNO, as well as a rooftop pool and complimentary fitness center.

7. Loews New Orleans Hotel* 

Loews New Orleans Hotel 

IF Block: 200
$265 Deluxe, single/double
$285 Grand Luxury, single/double
285 guest rooms

Located in the historic center of it all, Loews New Orleans Hotel personifies the captivating spirit of the Big Easy with vibrant, elegant décor and extraordinary service.  A gateway to the city's Arts District, the hotel is directly across from Harrah's Casino, three blocks to the historic French Quarter and a short stroll from the Riverfront, famous restaurants, jazz clubs, and Morial Convention Center.  Featuring the city's largest guest rooms at 532 square feet, each room boasts magnificent views of either the Mississippi River or the city skyline, complimentary in-room WiFi and 24-hour room service. Each room is also equipped with a Kuerig coffee maker, plush robes for lounging, a cooler for storing food and beverage items and even a Loews umbrella for those unexpected rainy days.

The hotel also offers Balance Spa and Fitness Center with a complimentary workout room, lap pool, whirlpool, dry sauna and a full menu of services. Enjoy award-winning, playful yet modern Creole cuisine and contemporary craft cocktails at Café Adelaide and at the Swizzle Stick Bar, part of the Commander's Palace Family of Restaurants. 

8. New Orleans Marriott Convention Center

Loews New Orleans Hotel 

IF Block: 200
$249 single/double
320 guest rooms

Located adjacent to the New Orleans Morial Convention Center!  A renovated 19th century cotton mill, our hotel now boasts a bevy of modern amenities accompanied with timeless style. Located in our rooms and suites are luxurious linens and mountains of plush pillows. As you relax in your room, enjoy our high-speed Wi-Fi and a flat-panel TV. Our accommodations also feature well-lit workspaces, perfect for busy travelers. When it's time to refuel, head to our on-site restaurant, Wolfe's, featuring local Creole and French favorites as well as a full-service bar. Outside of the Hotel, explore the French Quarter and the Warehouse District within walking distance.

9. Omni Riverfront Hotel

Omni Riverfront Hotel 

IF Block: 140
$229 single/double
202 guest rooms

Historic hotel with contemporary style in the heart of the Arts District. Located in the thriving cultural scene of New Orleans' Arts District, Omni Riverfront Hotel—fresh off a comprehensive renovation—offers the best of both past and present. Just steps away from top attractions in the Big Easy, including the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and the Contemporary Arts Center, and only blocks from the French Quarter, this hotel features modern and luxurious accommodations with a vintage feel.

Whether visiting for business or pleasure, the comfort of every guest is our top priority. The new Fulton St. Bistro | Bar invites guests and locals to relax in an upbeat atmosphere offering the finest in quality bistro fare and beverages. Visit our well-equipped fitness center for an intense workout or request an in-room Get Fit Kit for a workout in the privacy of your own room. Omni Riverfront Hotel is just 15.3 miles from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. 

10. The Renaissance New Orleans Arts Warehouse District Hotel

The Renaissance Arts Hotel 

IF Block: 175
$229 single/double
210 guest rooms

Be inspired by the unique art and vibrant culture surrounding Renaissance New Orleans Arts Warehouse District Hotel. Built as a warehouse in 1910, our hotel seamlessly integrates modern design with its original, timeless décor. Within walking distance, explore several of the district's top attractions, including The National WWII Museum, Smoothie King Center and Mercedes-Benz Superdome. After a rejuvenating sleep in our urban-inspired accommodations, head down to our on-site cafe for a signature chocolate beignet, then visit Legacy Kitchen for lunch or dinner, serving savory American cuisine with a Cajun twist. Between events, stay energized with a workout at our high-tech fitness center, or indulge in sweeping cityscapes while relaxing in our rooftop pool. Add some Creole soul to your travels and begin your adventure from our Arts District hotel!

Every guest room is designed with urban panache relating to the district's hip, artful culture. After a memorable day, enjoy sweet dreams on our supportive mattresses topped with luxury bedding. Experience expansive windows which provide inspiring views of our atrium and the stunning New Orleans cityscape.

11. The Ritz Carlton, New Orleans

The Ritz Carlton, New Orleans 


IF Block: 274
$305 single/double
527 guest rooms

Set within the historic 1908 Beaux Arts Maison Blanche building, The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans retains the grace and charm of an antebellum mansion. Guests of this French Quarter hotel have the advantage of staying near popular area attractions, including Bourbon Street, but can also experience local traditions in our Courtyard, which hosts special events with our Crawfish Concierge, Snowball Sommelier and Oyster Butler. The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans offers a peaceful retreat with features including:

  • Luxury guest rooms and suites blending elegant décor with modern amenities such as luxurious 400-thread-count cotton sheets, plush terry bathrobes, Italian marble baths, 42-inch flat screen smart TV, iPod docking station, high-speed wireless internet access, fully stocked mini refreshment bar, 24-hour room service, complimentary overnight shoe shine service, overnight laundry service, and twice daily housekeeping service.
  • Live music at the Davenport Lounge 
  • M bistro, offering a farm-to-table dining experience 
  • Destination spa, the largest in the city, offering more than 100 treatments 

12. Royal Sonesta Hotel

Royal Sonesta Hotel  

IF Block: 200
$279 single/double
483 guest rooms

In the heart of the French Quarter, Royal Sonesta New Orleans is more than a place to meet or stay. Jazzed up and newly reimagined, it is a hub of authentic jazz, vibrant nightlife and refined southern design. Traditional gabled windows, rich colors and linens accented with fresh flowers, wrought-iron balconies, and a lush courtyard combine to create an experience unlike any other. With 483 newly renovated guest rooms, authentic hospitality, and its Food is Art philosophy, no one offers more ways to inspire its valued guests than the all-new Royal Sonesta New Orleans.

As the VIP box seat to a true New Orleans experience, Royal Sonesta New Orleans offers the best of the Big Easy all under one roof. The hotel is home to several dining and entertainment venues, including Restaurant R'evolution, Bar R'evolution, The Jazz Playhouse, Desire Oyster Bar, Le Booze and PJ's Coffee Café. In addition to world-class amenities, Royal Sonesta New Orleans offers 20,000 square feet of meeting and special event space.

Now more than ever, Royal Sonesta New Orleans is a destination in and of itself. The hotel personifies luxury, providing guests the heritage of New Orleans hospitality through graceful ambiance and uncompromising service.

13. Sheraton New Orleans

Sheraton New Orleans 


IF Block: 500
$259 Traditional, single/double
$274 Deluxe, single/double
$309 Club Level, single/double
1,110 guest rooms.

The Sheraton New Orleans Hotel boasts a superb location on the historic Canal Street streetcar line, bordering the historic French Quarter, just steps from the Mississippi River, the Ernest M. Morial Convention Center and the Warehouse Arts District. Other major attractions in the Hotel's immediate area include the Aquarium of the Americas, the Imax Theater, Harrah's Casino, the Outlet Collection at Riverwalk, and the Louisiana Superdome. The Hotel is located only 16 miles from the New Orleans International Airport. The property has over 100,000 total square feet of meeting space and 54 meeting rooms. In addition, the hotel has 27,000 sq ft. exhibition hall and can accommodate up to 2,700 in theatre-style.

14. Westin New Orleans Canal Place

Westin New Orleans Canal Place  

IF Block: 249
$229 single/double
437 guest rooms

At The Westin New Orleans Canal Place, we have designed every space and service to keep you feeling at your best. From the moment you wake up refreshed in the signature comfort of our Westin Heavenly Bed® to the end of the day when you return to the contemporary calm of your guestroom, you will find hotel services that keep you recharged and ready for more.

Our hotel is perfectly situated along the Mississippi River. Walk across the street to Harrah's Casino, refresh your wardrobe at the Shops at Canal Place, or stroll to nearby Bourbon Street and the French Quarter. We are just steps to Jackson Square, the New Orleans Convention Center, museums, art galleries, dining and the central business district.

Our 437 modern, spacious guest rooms and suites provide breathtaking views of the Mississippi River, French Quarter, and downtown. Dine in one of our enticing New Orleans restaurants, re-energize in our WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio, or celebrate with a refreshing signature cocktail in the Green Bar.

15. Windsor Court Hotel

Windsor Court Hotel 

IF Block: 140
$305 single/double
316 guest rooms

Centrally located just two blocks from the Warehouse/Arts District and historic French Quarter, the Windsor Court is one of only two hotels in New Orleans, and in all of Louisiana, to be honored with both the Forbes Four Star and AAA Four Diamond award.  This nearly all-suite hotel is designed to perfectly match the needs of the most discerning leisure and business traveler alike with its upgraded services and resort amenities.

With 55 guestrooms and 261 suites, this 316-room luxury hotel features an outdoor pool and sundeck; fitness center; 24-hour in-room dining; legendary fine dining restaurant serving Contemporary Southern cuisine with a New Orleans flair; two cocktail lounges featuring live jazz nightly; Le Salon for traditional Afternoon Tea; private event space for gatherings of up to 400; full-service Concierge; exclusive Club Level; and a boutique Spa. 

Whether visitors are drawn by food, jazz, history, architecture, the sultry sensuality or the laissez faire dynamic of New Orleans, travelers choose the iconic Windsor Court Hotel for the luxury and level of service that creates lasting memories of indulgence and pampering.

16. Embassy Suites by Hilton New Orleans Convention Center

Embassy Suites 

IF Block: 200
$239 single/double
370 guest rooms


Nestled in a former sugar refinery in the heart of the New Orleans Arts and Warehouse district and near the Morial Convention Center, our newly renovated hotel puts all that is New Orleans at your feet and provides a welcome retreat when you're ready to kick back and recharge.  Our own Stacks Restaurant and Bar is open for lunch and dinner and we are at walking distance to at least twenty five restaurants and bars.

Our guests unwind in spacious, two room suites that feature a refrigerator, microwave, two 40" flat screen televisions and granite countertop furnishings.  Wake up with a complimentary made-to-order breakfast and enjoy free cocktails, snacks and mingling at our evening reception.  

17. Hampton Inn & Suites Convention Center 

Astor Crowne Plaza\

IF Block: 150
$236 single/double
288 guest rooms

The Hampton Inn & Suites Convention Center property is conveniently located across from Hall E of the Ernest N Morial Convention Center at 1201 Convention Center Boulevard. Appreciating the history and design of the once historic Cotton Mill; the Hampton Inn & Suites offers guests the option of reserving one of our unique and recently renovated suites or a traditional modern room in the second tower. Offering amenities such as daily complimentary hot breakfast, high speed internet, outdoor pool and a fitness center, the Hampton Inn & Suites is an ideal location for all travelers. Relax and unwind in our lounge inspired Warehouse Bar which is open daily from 5pm-11pm. 

Explore the great city of New Orleans by visiting attractions such as restaurants for fine dining, the Riverwalk Mall for shopping or the French Quarter to experience the culture; all within minutes of the hotel. Experience the true artistic feel of New Orleans with a nice walk down Magazine Street or enjoy a relaxing ride along the paddlewheel boat.

18. Hyatt Place New Orleans Convention Center


     IF Block – 140
     Rate - $235 Single/Double
     250 guest Rooms

Discover a different kind of hotel experience at our centrally located hotel in Downtown New Orleans. Situated directly across from the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, our hotel is ideal for business and pleasure. Outside our hotel front doors guest can taste the cuisine of award-winning restaurants, renowned museums and wonderful shopping, travelers enjoy a stay that is seamless and simple while surrounded by the excitement of downtown New Orleans.

Additional Information

All properties are subject to 14% city and state tax, 1.75% tourism support assessment and $1.00-$3.00 occupancy fee per night. (subject to change without notice)

*Union property
**Union status pending

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