High rollers should book in a room at Harrah’s new luxury hotel in New Orleans, across the street from Harrah’s Casino and a short walk from the French Quarter. Serious gamblers, of course, can probably wangle one of the spacious corner suites with sweeping views of the city.
Every room in Harrah’s Hotel features a high-definition TV, local art, Harrah’s own brand of extra-comfortable mattress, and both a soaking tub and a glass-walled shower. The lobby, spilling over with fresh flowers and floored with a quarry’s worth of marble, has a grandiose Vegas feel.
For dinner, reserve a table at Ruth’s Chris Steak House on the hotel’s first floor. The chain began here and New Orleanians still think of it as a local restaurant.