New Orleans Hotels

Hotel rooms are plentiful in the New Orleans, except during Jazzfest, Mardi Gras or when a large convention is in town. Rates are lower in the summer (June, July, and August) and during the Christmas season. Most hotels are centred around the French Quarter and surrounding neighbourhoods, such as the CBD.

The New Orleans hotels below have been hand-picked by our guide author and are grouped into three pricing categories:
Luxury (over US$250)
Moderate (US$150 to US$250)
Cheap (up to US$150)
These New Orleans hotel prices are for a double room per night; breakfast is not included unless specified. Hotel tax is 13% plus US$1-2 per room per night (depends upon the amount of rooms in the hotel).

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Loews

(504) 595 3300 or 1 866 211 6411.

Location is the big selling point at this unpretentious, high-class hotel. A couple of blocks from the French Quarter, the riverside and the CBD means it’s in a prime spot. It’s also opposite Harrah’s Casino if you fancy a flutter. The Swizzle Stick bar has a fine reputation for its cocktails and Café Adelaide is owned by the owners of prestigious restaurant Commander’s Palace. All in all, quite a package.

Soniat House

(504) 522 0570 or 1 800 544 8808.

Old books, fine artwork, Oriental rugs, American and European antiques: it is the little touches like these that make this hotel unique. The two restored 1830s townhouses have spiral staircases, balconies and patios. Sweet olive, magnolia, guava and ginger grow in the courtyards. Each of the 19 rooms and 14 suites are furnished with antiques that are accompanied by Frette Egyptian cotton bed linen, Wi-Fi, data ports and two phones.

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Melrose Mansion

(504) 944 2255 or 1 800 650 3323.

A tasteful property one block from the French Quarter, this luxury gothic-style mansion dates back to the late 19th century. The interior details are reassuringly plush with antique furniture, original artwork and all the mod cons you’d expect (iPod dock, LCD TV, Wi-Fi and mini fridge). There’s also a fairly large outdoor swimming pool.

Dauphine Orleans

(504) 586 1800 or 1 800 521 7111.

This unassuming building on a quiet stretch of the French Quarter is recorded back as far as 1775, almost to the city’s own beginnings. A former bordello site, the hotel now has 111 modern rooms and a host of old, atmospheric cottages. The pool and courtyard are nicely secluded and the hotel bar, May Baily’s Place, also harks back to those hedonistic times.

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W New Orleans

(504) 525 9444 or 1 877 946 8357.

This stylish hotel from Starwood’s trendy W brand is just outside the French Quarter, giving it a more relaxed feel than its Royal Street sister property. The rooms comply to the usual high standards, with quirky designer touches. The restaurant, Zoe Lounge, and the bar, Whiskey Blue, are both highly regarded in their own right. See the lobby fill up with bright young things as the evening draws on.

Wyndham Riverfront New Orleans

(504) 524 8200 or 1 877 999 3223.

This historic former rice mill in the Warehouse District overlooks the mighty Mississippi River. Plantation shutters and exposed brickwork give the property its character, as well as up-to-date touches such as high-speed internet and ergonomic desks. The restaurant and bar, 7 on Fulton, is quickly gaining dining accolades, and the hotel has its own fitness centre.

Bourbon Orleans

(504) 523 2222.

If you want good-value accommodation that’s right in the middle of the action, then this sizeable, recently refurbished hotel is hard to beat. From its entrance, you can hear the buzz of Bourbon Street, though you can also see the serenity of St Louis Cathedral. Roux on Orleans is a decent restaurant that serves Creole cuisine. Some of the suites have balconies overlooking Bourbon Street itself.

La Quinta Inn and Suites Downtown

(504) 598 9977.

This AAA three diamond-rated hotel has great facilities at bargain prices: large bathrooms, king-size or two double beds and some guestrooms even have microwaves. In-room business facilities include data ports, oversized desks, free high-speed Internet access and local calls. Add to that, cocktail lounge, business centre, a heated pool, and fitness centre, plus a free breakfast. The location is convenient for the French Quarter, Superdome, downtown, and the convention center. Lounge open Tuesday to Saturday in the evenings.

Hampton Inn

(504) 529 9990.

Formerly a 1903 'skyscraper' office building, the Hampton Inn is just two blocks from the French Quarter. Every Monday to Thursday 1730-1900, the lavish lobby is the scene for the complimentary manager's reception. Rooms are large and comfortable with high-speed Internet and king-size or two double beds. The hotel also has a gym, concierge, coffee shop and parking for a fee, along with access to Spa Atlantis, directly across the street. The daily hot breakfast buffet is included.

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Edited by Tina Banerjee
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