Let’s face it — parking for your cruise can be expensive. The Port of New Orleans charges $20 per day. And while there are cheaper options for parking, there aren’t many independent lots in the city.
Below, we’ve rounded up many of the most prominent hotels to offer free or discounted parking for your stay.
Given the number of hotels in the area (there are nearly 100 within a mile of the cruise port alone), this is by no means a list of every New Orleans hotel to offer cruise parking. If you want to know if a specific place offers a deal, simply give them a call. We also recommend asking if the hotel provides a shuttle to the port. Many, but not all, do provide this service as well. For the sake of simplicity, we’ve left off hotels that offer discounts on parking, but that are still higher-priced than independent parking lots. (Many hotels in the port area offer 50% off parking for cruise guests, but it still comes in at $15 a night.)
Note: Costs are for a recent search for a Saturday night stay. Prices will vary.
Wyndham New Orleans French Quarter
Distance from port: 0.5 miles
Details: Wyndham offers unbelievably close accommodations to the cruise port, at just a half-mile away. With their “Park & Cruise” package, you’ll have a one-night stay plus up to 7 days of parking in the hotel’s secure garage.
Holiday Inn-Downtown Superdome
Distance from port: 1.1 miles
Details: This hotel is located roughly a mile from the port, very near the Superdome (making it a great option if you plan to catch a Saints game before hitting your cruise. Their parking package includes up to 8 nights of parking in a prime spot in the French Quarter.
Maison St. Charles
Distance from port: 1.1 miles
Details: This hotel is located close to the port and the WWII museum. Parking is normally a charge, but book one of their cruise specials and you can park for up to a week at no charge. (You do have to pay for the first night’s parking during your stay.)
Distance from port: 1.4 miles
Details: Prytania Park gives you a taste of old New Orleans. The building has kept its old-world charm instead of become a more sterile hotel. The hotel offers free cruise parking, but you have to book two-nights instead of one.
Holiday Inn Westbank
Distance from port: 4.0 miles
Details: This hotel is distinctive from its circular shape, like the Watergate Hotel. While it’s not the most luxurious accommodations and the location isn’t as convenient (it’s located across the river in Gretna), the Holiday Inn is a solid choice with cruise parking for your trip.
Distance from port: 8.2 miles
Details: This hotel is pretty far from the port, and not near as luxe as many of the hotels in the French Quarter. However, it’s a serviceable and relatively cheap place to stay, providing an option for those not wanting to pay higher prices elsewhere.
Sheraton Metairie New Orleans
Distance from port: 9.1 miles
Details: While not explicitly catering to cruise-goers or offering cruise packages, online reviews mention free cruise parking as a perk of staying here. You are still pretty far from the port, so you’ll have to catch a cab back and forth to your ship.