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Venue: Hotel & City

Hotel Booking Note: The Sediments Conference has a group rate agreement with only the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. We have not partnered with any travel agency or third-party for travel/hotel discounts. If you receive a call or an email offering assistance in making hotel reservations or changing existing reservations, we advise caution. The Conference has no agreement with any organization to contact participants and offer reservation assistance, nor have we provided contact information to anyone for this purpose.

The Conference Hotel

The Conference will be held at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel. Situated on the bank of the Mississippi River at 2 Poydras Street, the contemporary and award-winning Hilton is conveniently located in the revitalized Arts District. It is within easy walking distance to the French Quarter and Jackson Square. It is home to world-famous Dragos Seafood Restaurant and a wealth of other eateries, from gourmet to traditional Cajun, can be found in the surrounding area.

A block of rooms has been set aside at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside for Conference attendees.


Hilton New Orleans Riverside

2 Poydras St.

New Orleans, LA 70130

Available Group Rates

$199/night (standard) + applicable taxes & fees $209/night (view) + applicable taxes & fees.


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Government Per Diem Rates

Government contractors do not qualify for this rate and a valid government employee ID must be presented at check-in.



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Rate Dates

The rates are in effect for reservations made by January 14, 2019, unless rooms in the block sell out before that date. Subject to availability of rooms at the time reservations are made, the Conference rate can be used for check in as early as Friday, February 8, and check-out as late as Sunday, February 17.


Local Transportation

Transportation by taxi between the Hilton and the Louis Armstrong International Airport is approximately $36 one way. Shared-ride service is available through Super Shuttle for approximately $24/person one way.

New Orleans

The heart of New Orleans is the French Quarter, the original part of the city. Walk through this compact area bordered by Canal Street and the Mississippi River to see the beautiful balconies and lovingly restored homes. The Quarter’s landmarks include Bourbon Street, the French Market, and the unique cemeteries.

Jackson Square, anchored by St. Louis Cathedral, is the historic center of the City. It’s a great place to spend some free time watching street performers, sidewalk artists, and palm readers. Shop for antiques, jewelry, and art on Royal, Chartres, and Magazine Streets. Listen to jazz at one of the many nightclubs on Frenchmen Street. Or, you can visit more modern destinations such as Audubon’s Aquarium of the Americas, Harrah’s Casino, the National World War II Museum, and the Riverfront, where you can watch riverboats and ocean-going vessels. These and many more experiences are just a few minutes by foot from the Conference hotel. At every turn, you will find one of the restaurants that make New Orleans world famous for its cuisine—Cajun, Creole, French, Italian, and good old Southern home cooking. In the evening, after café au lait and beignets at Cafe du Monde, take a walking tour and hear stories of places haunted by ghosts from three centuries past.

If you have time to explore beyond the French Quarter and the Warehouse/Arts District, the streetcar system is a great way to get around. The Canal Street and Riverfront lines travel from the French Market, along the Mississippi River, and up Canal Street to City Park and the cemeteries. The St. Charles streetcar will take you to the Garden District, known for its elegant and historic homes and gardens, and to the Audubon Zoo and the University District. A riverboat cruise of the harbor on the Natchez or the Creole Queen would provide another perspective of the city; guided daytime tours and evening dinner/jazz cruises also are offered.

If you can arrive a day or two before the Conference, or stay after, consider touring some of the beautiful antebellum plantation homes on the River Road just outside the City. Or, you may wish to visit the 23,000- acre Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge, one of the largest urban wildlife refuges in the U.S. The area around Lake Pontchartrain provides a variety of outdoor activities, such as cycling, sailing, horseback riding, and golf. For more information, visit