The suddenly bustling Warehouse Arts District has also become a popular place to stay, with several new hotels, all within easy walking distance of the city's major attractions. Most notable is the Loews New Orleans, which is just across the street from Harrah's (the city's only land-based casino), two blocks from the convention center, and three from the French Quarter. The Riverwalk shopping complex, on the site of the city's World's Fair along the banks of the Mississippi, is just a block away. In addition to its ultraconvenient location, the Loews, which opened in December, is one of the only hotels in New Orleans with a full-service spa and health club. And if that's not enough for you, the Brennan clan - the family behind New Orleans' renowned Commander's Palace - opened a "Creole bistro" called Café Adelaide in the hotel, their first new restaurant in the city in 12 years.
Another recent arrival in the Arts District is the Renaissance Arts Hotel, which showcases three stunning Dale Chihuly chandeliers in the lobby and features a permanent art space. Keeping up with the new arrivals, the city's venerable lodging, the Windsor Court, part of the luxury Orient-Express chain, has just finished a total renovation of its famed New Orleans Grill, and added new artwork, rounding out the hotel's $8 million museumlike collection. Elsewhere in the city, a dozen other new hotels are under construction.
City Park, New Orleans' largest green space, has also just completed an extensive renovation, adding an impressive 50-piece sculpture garden, a gift from a prominent local businessman. The free exhibit is laid out along paths meandering through century-old stands of trees. City Park is also the northern terminus of the Canal Streetcar Line, which opened in April, bringing open-air streetcars back to this route after a 40-year absence. Overlooking the refurbished City Park is a popular new restaurant called Ralph's on the Park.