Location

The World Balloon Convention 2016 will be headquartered at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside hotel.

Located in a prime downtown location at the base of Canal and Poydras Streets, the Hilton New Orleans Riverside is ideally situated next to Harrah’s Casino, steps from famous New Orleans Streetcar lines, and a short, three-block walk away from the French Quarter, as well as many other iconic landmarks.

The Hilton New Orleans Riverside offers:

• Stunning views of downtown New Orleans and the Mississippi River
• Full-service business center
• Complimentary in-room Internet access for WBC delegates
• On-site, full-service salon
• Health Club by Hilton – a 90,000 square-foot fitness center that includes tennis, volleyball, racquetball, basketball, a full cardio theater, weight training equipment, and access to two heated outdoor pools
• Several dining options, including:
Le Croissant - Whether you’re seeking low-fat, low-carb or high-energy choices, or you simply wish to indulge, this casual eatery is the ideal choice. Delight in the sumptuous Hilton breakfast buffet and light menu a la carte options.
River Blends Café – Enjoy a quick breakfast, a cup of coffee, espresso, or latte, or a deli sandwich in River Blends Café, the Hilton’s on-site coffee house proudly serving Starbucks Coffee. Free Wi-Fi.
Spirits Bar - New Orleans is a mecca for the senses. Taste, hear, see, feel the rhythm by embarking on your journey from the awe-inspiring surroundings of Spirits. Excite your palate with mouth-watering New Orleans style samplings, or simply enjoy the "Delta Breeze" and the wide assortment of cocktails, wine, and beer Spirits has to offer.
Drago’s Seafood Restaurant – Drago’s, a New Orleans dining institution, offers an extensive seafood menu, including signature dishes such as Drago’s Original Charbroiled Oysters and Mama Ruth’s Gumbo.
Crescent City Marketplace – Your "grocery store" while you’re here, stocked with beer, wine, liquor, water, soda, fruit, snacks, Chef’s "to go" creations, Starbuck’s coffee, and more. You’ll also find unique New Orleans snacks and gifts, from Zapp’s potato chips and Hubig’s pies to local art.
In-Room Dining menu available 6 a.m. to midnight

New Orleans won outright in the "America’s Best Cities for Girlfriend Getaways" Travel + Leisure poll, and was voted fifth favorite US travel destination in Trip Advisor’s 6th annual Travelers’ Choice Awards for Destinations in 2014. The Hilton New Orleans Riverside is in the center of it all and is within walking distance, an easy cab ride, or a trolley stop away from the city’s best attractions.

The French Quarter is three short blocks away. Enjoy a bowl of hearty seafood gumbo or savor some New Orleans crawfish étouffée. Follow the Mississippi River to the French Market, or sit back and relax as you pass through the 100+–year–old oak tree canopy, taking in the mansions on St. Charles Avenue in the Garden District.

Upscale shopping is available in the nearby Shops at Canal Place. Discover the city’s culture in the New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana State Museum, and World War II Museum. Take a dinner jazz cruise along the Mississippi River. Spend a lively night at Harrah’s Casino across the street. No matter what you do, you’ll be sure to "Laissez les bon temps roulez!"

Learn more about New Orleans attractions at neworleansonline.com.

Get the discounted World Balloon Convention rates of $179 single*/$179 double*/$209 triple/$239 quad plus hotel tax per night when you reserve your room between April 6, 2015 and March 4, 2016, and mention you’re with the World Balloon Convention 2016.

*Riverview rooms available at a discounted rated of $189 single/$189 double plus hotel tax per night.

Individual Guest Room Deposit and Cancellation Policies
A credit card is required to guarantee all guest room reservations. To avoid a cancellation charge equal to one night’s room and tax, the hotel must be notified and a cancellation number received no later than 72 hours prior to scheduled arrival.

Check-in/Out Time
Check-in time at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside is 3:00 p.m. and check-out time is 12:00 p.m. local time. All guests arriving before 3:00 p.m. will be accommodated as rooms become available. The Guest Services Department can arrange to check baggage for those arriving early when rooms are unavailable and for guests attending functions on departure day.

Early Departure Fee
If you have reserved a room at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside for the World Balloon Convention 2016 and choose to check out prior to your reserved checkout date, an early departure fee of $179 will be charged to your individual account. Guests wishing to avoid this fee must advise the hotel at or before check-in of any change in the scheduled length of stay.

Hilton Smoke Free Policy
The Hilton New Orleans Riverside is a smoke-free hotel. The hotel is smoke free in all areas of the hotel, including the lobby, guest rooms, restaurant, lounge, and meeting/banquet facilities. To protect the smoke-free environment, the hotel will post a $300 cleaning fee to the account of any guest who smokes in his or her hotel room.