Big Easy made easy at Hyatt House

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A studio king guestroom at the Hyatt House New Orleans.
A studio king guestroom at the Hyatt House New Orleans.

With its Central Business District location, the recently opened Hyatt House New Orleans is ideally positioned to serve the nearby BioDistrict, a city-designated biomedical research sector. But the hotel is a great choice for leisure travelers, as well, offering a bevy of conveniences with easy access to top dining options and other attractions.

One huge advantage for the extended-stay property, which occupies seven floors of a 24-story office building, is that it shares resources with the adjoining Hyatt Regency. That 1,193-room property features amenities one would expect from an upper-upscale hotel of its size: a well-equipped 24-hour gym with views of the Superdome and surrounding skyline; the Le Jardin Spa; a pool deck with a bar; and eight dining venues, including Borgne, which offers upscale takes on Gulf seafood and is among the acclaimed local restaurants helmed by chef/restaurateur John Besh. (At the Hyatt Regency's restaurants, Hyatt House guests can have their meals billed to their rooms.)

Hyatt House guests have access to all those facilities plus the characteristic amenities of an extended-stay brand — a kitchenette or kitchen in 114 of its 194 rooms, ample closet space and galley workspace — as well as complimentary in-room WiFi.

In the spacious H Bar area on the 11th floor, guests can partake of a complimentary breakfast buffet (featuring a cooked-to-order omelet station as well as assorted fruits, cereals and pastries) or later in the day order a cocktail, pizza or light bites from the Sip+Savor menu.

Walking in New Orleans

Crescent City convenience

But of course, leisure guests will be venturing out to explore the Crescent City, as we did during a press trip last month, which was sponsored by the hotel to coincide with the property's grand opening. And in that regard, the Hyatt House also offers a lot of advantages, one being the Loyola Avenue streetcar stop right outside, offering convenient transport to the French Quarter, Harrah's casino and other points of interest.

There's plenty to do within easy walking distance of the hotel, too. The nearby South Market District offers tons of dining, shopping and nightlife options.

One morning we sampled another Besh establishment, Willa Jean, a restaurant and bakery offering Lowcountry-inspired cuisine. I was tempted to take leftovers of my beyond-generous portion of biscuits and gravy back to my room, maybe reheat them in my microwave for a midnight snack — but of course, being New Orleans, there was more good eating ahead.

Rates at the Hyatt House New Orleans start at about $225 per night. See www.hyatthouse.com.

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