The Astor Crowne Plaza

The 2019 Symposium will take place at the Astor Crowne Plaza – New Orleans French QuarterWhere Canal Street meets Bourbon Street, the newly renovated Astor Crowne Plaza provides luxury accommodations amid the beating heart of the legendary French Quarter. Discover a rich diversity of elegant comforts and conveniences, including free Wi-Fi in sleeping rooms, flat screen HD TVs, an acclaimed on-site restaurant and state-of-the-art fitness facility. Just outside, you’ll enjoy a whirlwind of enchanting festivals, theater, music, cultural exhibits and culinary delights.

Room Reservations

NSSR guests will be housed in the Astor Crowne Plaza at the special rate of $158 per night plus tax. This rate is also applicable three days before and after the conference, subject to availability. Cancellations or changes must be made 72 hours in advance of arrival or one night’s room and tax will be charged to your credit card.

MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS HERE, or call the hotel reservation department at 877-408-9661. If using the link to register, choose “attendee” to continue to room booking. Special rates are available through Monday, October 7th OR until the block is filled, whichever comes first. 

Your support in staying at the Astor Crowne Plaza helps keep the conference costs down. We have contracted for the best possible room rates and are required to guarantee a predetermined number of sleeping rooms. If we do not meet the contracted room block, the hotel can charge an attrition fee, which will result in higher registration fees at future conferences. Therefore, we encourage you to book your room through our block at the conference hotel.

ALERT: If you are contacted by any agency offering you a lower room rate than the one listed above, or offering to make your reservations for you, it may be a scam. Please note that NSSR has not authorized any such offers. Hotel reservations should only be made using the link or phone number provided above.


Valet parking is available for standard vehicles at $47 + tax per day. Parking for oversized vehicles at $57 + tax per day. Self Parking is offsite and not managed by hotel.

Airport Transportation

We will be flying in to Louis Armstrong New Orleans Airport (MSY), which is located 16 miles from the Astor Crowne Plaza.

Airport Shuttle

The Astor Crowne Plaza website provides a link to the Airport Shuttle for reserving your ride in advance, or you may call (866)-596-2699.

Look for Airport Shuttle signage right outside the baggage area. The vehicles are white with yellow “Airport Shuttle” lettering on the side.  Shuttles run every day of the year, with vans departing approximately every 30 minutes (except between 2 and 3:30 a.m). If you don’t make reservations in advance, you can purchase ticket(s) in person at the Airport Shuttle Ticket Desk, located on the ground level of the airport across from the baggage claim area. If you’re purchasing your ticket(s) at the airport, please claim your luggage FIRST.

      • $24 one-way, $44 round trip for adults and children 6 and older. Children under 6 ride free (subject to change)
      • The first three average-sized bags per passenger are free. Oversized or additional luggage is subject to an additional fee (Please Note: Vehicles cannot handle equipment or large items)
      • Although not required, travelers must provide their own child car seats or booster seats, if wanted
      • Special arrangements may be made for groups and pre-purchased vouchers
      • Shuttle tickets are non-refundable
      • Fares do not include a driver gratuity
      • Handicap accessible vehicles are available, but require a one-week reservation prior to arrival. For more information or reservations, please call 866-596-2699 or visit
Ride Sharing

Easily order an Uber or Lyft when you land at the New Orleans airport, and they’ll get you to your destination in no time! Located on the bottom level of the airport parking lot, there is a designated spot for rideshare pick ups. It is conveniently across the street from baggage claim, so grab your suitcase and meet your driver. 


Taxicab booths are located on the first level of the Terminal outside of Baggage Claim Belts 1 and 14.

City Bus

Hop the RTA’s 202 Airport Express, which travels from the airport terminals to Elk Place at Canal Street in Downtown New Orleans. The fare is $1.50 and the bus makes 9 daily trips to New Orleans.

Local Transportation

New Orleans Streetcars are a charming, convenient, and inexpensive way to experience the many areas of New Orleans. Four distinct lines, each originating Downtown, will take you through the French Quarter and beyond to places you might not otherwise get to see.

The red Canal Streetcar Line takes locals and tourists to work and play each day on a 5.5-mile route from the foot of Canal Street through the Central Business District  and into the Mid-City area. The line ends at City Park Avenue at the historic cemeteries or “Cities of the Dead.” Get out and walk around. Some of the most interesting architecture in the city is right here.

Want to spend a leisurely day in City Park, or browsing around New Orleans Museum of Art? Hop on any of the Canal Streetcars that say CITY PARK/MUSEUM on the front window sign. The final stop on the City Park spur is the New Orleans Museum of Art. It’s filled with treasures from Degas, Monet, Picasso and many others, and is home to a magnificent sculpture garden you can wander through for free.

French Quarter

Often called the Crown Jewel of New Orleans, the French Quarter is one of NOLA’s most historic neighborhoods. But you’ll find plenty of new mixed in with the old. There’s a reimagined French Market, modern boutiques and artisan cocktails mix with beloved antique stores and old restaurants.  Read more about the French Quarter and discover everything available in the area.