These Great Sleeps Keep You Close to the Superdome Action

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By Beth D'Addono, New Orleans Local Expert

The Mercedes-Benz Superdome is consistently rated one of the best football venues in the country, for all kinds of reasons. Ask any local member of the Who Dat Nation what's great about the Dome, and he, or she, will talk your ear off. For out of towners in for the game, the Dome's proximity to all things New Orleans is a big draw. Located exactly one mile from the edge of the French Quarter at Canal and Bourbon Streets, the Superdome is an easy walk to just about any French Quarter or Central Business District hotel.

When planning your stay, a little advance thought pays off.  Do you want a familiar brand, a solid big box hotel with a national, or even international reputation behind it?  Or do you prefer a small, personal overnight experience and an atmosphere that could only be synonymous with New Orleans? Budget is another factor when you look at options from no frills to luxury. Family friendly is a plus if you're bringing the kids, not so much if you're looking for a romantic steal-away without little ones about. Finally, location and proximity to Bourbon Street should figure in.  How close you want to be to the party, with its crowds, noise and cocktailing, will factor into where you lay your head.

10. Wyndham Garden Hotel Baronne Plaza
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Located between Poydras and Canal, the Wyndham Garden Hotel-Baronne Plaza is just a block off Canal, with easy access to all things French Quarter and CBD. The rooms aren't fancy but they're comfortable and the price is right. The hotel has a self parking option which will save you some money, with no extra cost for in and out privileges. The famed Original City Dine, open 24/7, is located in the hotel, with an extensive menu of breakfast dishes, seafood platters, salads and po'boys. If you plan to come during Mardi Gras, this place is situated right off the parade route.

9. Loews New Orleans Hotel
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This former office building in the heart of downtown has been reimagined into one of the best sleeps in town. From its West Indies--style lobby to its well appointed spacious guest rooms enriched with local artwork, the Loews makes a body feel right at home. Café Adelaide and the Swizzle Stick Bar, both on the lobby level, are run by the same Brennans that own Commander's Palace Restaurant. Accessible to everything that counts downtown, Loews is just .8 miles from the arena and close to Harrah's and the river. little farther out, is farther from Bourbon and Royal than others on this list, but still within walking distance. A full service spa, ballroom and lap pool round out the amenities of this great hotel.

8. MOXY New Orleans Downtown French Quarter
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Staying at MOXY has its perks, the first of which is location, location, location. Walk to the Smoothie King Center, Superdome, Canal Street or Convention Center no problem. A full list of amenities includes daily continental breakfast, complimentary 24-hour coffee and tea in the lobby, free wired high speed internet access and a great fitness center. The spacious guestrooms all have HBO, refrigerators (great for leftovers) and microwaves (ditto). Relatively inexpensive garage parking is available across the street. Hint: the always popular Domenica is located literally steps away. Be sure to check it out during it's daily 3-6 pm happy hour.

7. Homewood Suites New Orleans

For a comfortable home away from home, Homewood Suites fills the bill. Spacious one and two-bedroom suites offer fully equipped kitchens, free WiFi and plenty of room to spread out and relax after a night cheering on the boys in black and gold. Hot breakfast is complimentary, as are dinner and drinks Monday-Thursday. Each suite offers a full sized refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, and microwave. The staff will be more than happy to do your grocery shopping so your kitchen can be stocked with goodies when you hit town. A fitness center and pool are available so guests can unwind after a big night. The hotel is right on Poydras, and just .3 miles from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

6. Best Western Plus St. Christopher Hotel
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Located just a half-block off of many of the Mardi Gras parade routes, this charming property delivers terrific value in an historically restored setting. Rooms, many with Magazine Street views, come with two double beds, queens or a single king. Extras include free wifi, a complimentary hot continental breakfast, in-room fridge and more. This is a pet friendly hotel in case you've brought Fido along. The CBD location is close to the French Quarter, Streetcar line to the Garden District and popular attractions like the Insectarium, Aquarium and IMAX theater. A good choice for value, this architecturally interesting family-oriented hotel is just .8 mile for the Dome.

5. Holiday Inn New Orleans - Downtown Superdome
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Best known for the iconic 150-foot long clarinet painted on its outside tower, the newly renovated Holiday Inn Downtown Superdome is close to both the Dome and Smoothie King Center. Located on the Loyola Streetcar line if you're heading uptown, visitors can enjoy quick walks to both Poydras and Canal for easy access to all French Quarter attractions. There is a heated rooftop pool for year-round swimming, excellent in-room dining and a 200-piece collection of regional art. Rooms aren't cookie cutter, so prepare to be impressed with your quarters. Business and leisure travelers, appreciate complimentary and fast wifi service throughout the hotel.

4. Le Pavillon Hotel

Le Pavillon is in a class by itself, with its facade borrowed from ancient Greece and an interior of baroque elegance. The rooms are unique, with antique treasures scattered throughout. One room even has a 17th century hand-carved mantle that is considered one of the best in the world. The bar was salvaged from a Chicago hotel that Capone frequented. Hotel tradition calls for hot chocolate and crust-less PB&Js every night at 10 pm to assure you won't go to sleep - or out on the town - hungry. The hotel's Crystal Room can serve you a world class meal, or you can opt for room service. Escape the crowds on the rooftop pool with its private cabanas.

3. The Saint Hotel, Autograph Collection
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Well, there's the name for starters. Even though it's singular, even one Saint bodes well to the army of fans that bleed black and gold at every Saints kick off. This hotel, now part of Marriott's boutique Autograph Collection, is going for a W kind of appeal, hip and modern, with 166 contemporary rooms and a bar and restaurant onsite. The non-smoking property offers amenities like free wifi and thesnappy Burgundy Bar Jazz Club. A most excellent location on the parade route if you're coming back for Mardi Gras, The Saint is about a half-mile stroll to the nearby Superdome.

2. The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans
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Ask any born-and-bred New Orleanian, of a certain age, about the Maison Blanche on Canal Street, and the conversation will take on a nostalgic tone. Once the grand dame of the city's department stores, the Maison was the place to shop for everything from prom dresses to housewares. After a $250 million renovation, The Maison, along with its retail neighbor the Kress Building, became the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans in 2000. An architectural gem, the hotel is synonymous with luxury, offering 527 rooms and suites that were renovated again in 2011. Included in the buckets of amenities are the swank European-style spa, the Davenport Lounge featuring local crooner Jeremy Davenport and the top shelf M. Bistro, where chef de cuisine Frank Gray keeps the emphasis on locally sourced, modern Creole cuisine.

1. Hyatt Regency New Orleans
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The Hyatt Regency is a sophisticated beacon on Loyola Avenue, close to both the Mercedes-Benz Super Dome and the Smoothie King Center. The curved glass exterior is eye popping, but step inside the sweeping lobby, with its multi-story escalator, comfy seating areas and multiple bars and restaurants, and you'll really be impressed. The fitness center is located atop the hotel, offering panoramic views of the city. The pool area is secluded in the back, offering a haven from urban activities. Have pizza delivered to your pool chair, or hit up the bar for a frozen cocktail. In room, be treated to a massive flat screen televisions and beds you will never want to leave.