Hotel Information

In the heart of New Orleans stands the Intercontinental, our hotel for the 38th Annual Spring Meeting, with its updated modern décor, panoramic ballroom overlooking St. Charles Avenue and generous flexible breakout spaces.

Welcome to the ideal locale for our professional discussions, networking and socializing with colleagues and friends.

Shopping, entertainment, the sights and sounds of the French Quarter and the famous restaurants in the city are all within walking distance.  On site is a state of the art fitness center and a rooftop pool.

The possibilities are endless for first-timers and all those returning to the Crescent City.  Don’t miss this opportunity to explore Generations Ghosts & Guardians.

The Intercontinental is offering a limited room block at a special room rate of $233 per night, single/double rooms, plus tax. Reservations may be made by calling toll free 1-800-439-4745 or direct to the hotel at 1-504-525-5566 or by link to the hotel reservation system.

All reservations must be made on or before March 17, 2018 (and earlier to guarantee the reduced rate). Reservations made after that date are subject to availability and rates.



New Orleans International Airport (MSY)

Estimated taxi Cost to and from airport: $33 each way

Estimated time by taxi : 20 minutes


Car and valet parking is available

Valet parking is available for a fee of $42 per night.

Places to Eat, Arts & Entertainment

Known for excess, there is much to savor in New Orleans.  General websites such as Go NOLA and Gambit Magazine are excellent primers regarding food, drinks, music, and other cultural events.  The details that follow generally focus on the area around the Intercontinental Hotel and the French Quarter.


With nearby Cafe Du Monde on 800 Decatur Street, Jackson Square is a central location point of the French Quarter.  Just beyond Jackson Square, the French Quarter Visitors Center of the National Park Service is located at 419 Decatur St.  Found there is a wealth of cultural information and friendly Park Rangers who conduct walking tours of the French Quarter and Garden District, the first suburb of the French Quarter.  A short walk from the visitors center, the Park Service also maintains the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park housed in an old US Mint on 400 Esplanade Ave.


You might walk or jog along the Mississippi River in the 16 acre Woldenberg Riverfront Park or board The New Orleans Steamboat Company’s Natchez for a Dinner Jazz or Daytime jazz cruise. Nearby you’ll also find the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and a working and family friendly studio of Mardi Gras [ ] parade floats that is open for tours.  The Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the National World War Two Museum also provide top notch perusing of history and culture.

Ride services Uber and Lyft  are available in New Orleans.  In addition, there is traditional taxi service, and United Cabs (504) 522-9771  is one of the most popular.

A smorgasbord of musical offerings may be found through the local music magazine, Offbeat and the independent and live streaming radio station WWOZ.  Specific venues worth consideration range from Preservation Hall in the Quarter to Snug Harbor and DBA on the increasingly popular Frechmen Street just across Esplande Ave. in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood.  While on Frenchmen Street, The Louisiana Music Factory is where to go if you want to purchase recorded music.

Consider having a drink next door to Preservation Hall at the famous Pat O'Brien's or taking in the design of the Carousel Bar found in the Monteleone Hotel.  If a 65 year old spinning bar simply does not feel old enough, walk down to The Old Absinthe House where drinks have been poured for almost 200 years. 

Of course, we can not live by drink alone, and New Orleans is a place to eat. Food critic Tom Fitzmorris knows as much as anyone about the kitchens found here and his cogent reviews [] are worth taking seriously.

There are the old and fancy staples such as Antoines and Arnaud’s known for private rooms to now well established Emeril’s and Bayona.  On Bourbon Street, Galatoires now accepts reservations via OpenTable

Located in the Garden District and with a dress code described on its homepage, Commanders Palace is an institution in its own right.  That and Pascal’s Manale found uptown and famous for their oyster bar and bar-b-q shrimp require a car ride.

Also on the fancy side, but closer to the hotel are the Link Restaurant Group’s Peche, Herbsaint, and Cochon Butcher.  In our hotel is the upscale and Contemporary Cajun-Creole Trenasse Restaurant where you may eat lunch or dinner.

Casual fare may be found at Deanies French Quarter location and at the Napoleon House.  If you are in the mood for Oysters, and the line is too long at Acme Oyster, head across the street to Felixs. If you absolutely need turtle soup, take a cab to Mandina’s.

If you want to get go beyond the inspired food found at the hotel’s casual Pete’s or the spot just outside Pete’s where you can order pastry and coffee and do require more than the strong coffee and Beignets found at Cafe Du Monde to get your heart started for our awesome programming, then consider breakfast at the 200 Magazine Street location of the Ruby Slipper, The GrillThe Coffee Pot, or Mothers.

For lunch, both restaurants at the hotel will be open if your day is a busy one, or venture outside if time allows. Johnnys makes a great Po-boy sandwich.  Central grocery is the place to get a muffuletta if you’d like to picnic in Jackson Square or by the river.  Most all of the restaurants mentioned above are great for dinner, and also have a lunch service. 

Many of the restaurants mentioned above take reservations, and making some in advance could well aid your enjoyment of New Orleans.  Regarding reservations there is some variation regarding how to make them.  Simply, several restaurants accept reservations via phone calls or directly from their website, while others require the use of Open Table either from the Open Table app or through the restaurants website (see above). 

The following restaurants accept phone calls or booking on their website:  Arnaud’s 504-523-5433,  Bayona 504-525-4455,  Commanders Palace (504) 899-8221, Pascal’s Manale (504) 895-4877, Pêche 504.522.1744, and Herbsaint  504.524.4114,  

These other restaurants rely on Open Table:  Antoines, each of Emeril’s four New Orleans locations, Bayona, and Galatoires. The  Opentable app may be found here.  Lastly, we recommend another app Yelp for its help in locating nearby restaurants and other venues. 

There is much more to explore in New Orleans, and on the odds and ends errata -  Note:  Rouses #46 on 701 Baronne St. is a Grocery Store close to the hotel.  If for some reason you require a collision of New Orleans and England that could include high tea, consider The Grill Room.  And look, there is yoga too.

Links to New Orleans Hot Spots mentioned above:


Gambit Magazine



Acme Oyster




Cafe Du Monde

Cochon Butcher

The Coffee Pot

Commanders Palace 





The Grill 

The Grill Room 





Napoleon House 

The New Orleans Steamboat Company’s Natchez

Pascal’s Manale 



The Ruby Slipper 

Trenasse Restaurant 


Carousel Bar 

The Old Absinthe House 

Pat O'Brien's 


Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

French Quarter Visitors Center of the National Park Service

Jackson Square

National World War Two Museum

New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art

US Mint

Woldenberg Riverfront Park



Preservation Hall

Snug Harbor 

Banner Art by Richard Lewis (“And the Jazz Band Played On”) and additional painting by Steering Committee Member Louis Rothschild, PhD (“Ghosts and Guardians”)   

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