As I mentioned in both my Weekend in New Orleans and Must-Dos in New Orleans posts, I live fairly close to NOLA and am able to visit fairly often. I always stay in/around the French Quarter so I can walk everywhere rather than constantly have to drive and find parking (because honestly, parking is $$$). Hopefully my suggestions help you when you’re planning your own trip to New Orleans!
While I recommend all of these hotels, be sure to compare prices on your preferred travel site. While I usually find the best rates on the hotel’s site, I always check trivago.com to make sure I’m getting the best prices. Also be sure to check AirBnb – depending on if there is an event or conference going on (or if it’s peak season or not), hotel prices will jack up their prices. This past weekend I actually stayed in an AirBnb instead of my usual hotel because it was significantly cheaper!
Because we usually always stay in the same hotel when we travel to New Orleans, I rarely stay anywhere else. So I’ll also be listing the places I hope to stay on my future trips there! So let’s get to it.
$ = cheap! $$ = average $$$ = splurge
Where I’ve Stayed:
New Orleans Marriot – $$
Located right on Canal St., just a few minutes walk from the French Quarter. This is our go-to hotel to stay at when we’re in New Orleans. Different from the JW Marriot located right across the street, the New Orleans Marriot is more affordable and the rooms are spacious. If you book far enough in advance, you can easily find a room around $130/night, which isn’t terrible being that close to everything.
This was actually the hotel we stayed at for the trip I wrote about in my Weekend in New Orleans and Twenty One Pilots and The Lumineers Concerts in New Orleans posts. When we were booking rooms, it was hard finding one with enough room for 5 people, and Drury Inn fit the bill! Plus it was affordable, offered hot breakfast and had free snacks and drinks for happy hour.
It was right in between the French Quarter and the Smoothie King Center where our concert would be, allowing us to walk everywhere. It located right on Poydras St., making it easy to get to/from the highway. And because it’s not so close to the French Quarter, it’s fairly quiet. I will say that their coffee was pretty terrible, but thankfully there’s a cute coffee shop right around the corner (Stumptown Coffee Roasters). If you follow me on Instagram, you might’ve seen one of their beautiful lattes!
Airbnb – $ – $$$
The beauty of Airbnb is that you can set your own budget. And they have some pretty luxe places in/around the French Quarter, I have to say. While you can find some affordable places a little farther out, just consider how you’ll want to get around. Is it on a street car route? Parking? Safe neighborhood? All things to consider! If you’re familiar with NOLA, then go for it. Otherwise, do your research and don’t make the mistake of booking for a place it a rough part of town.
I actually stayed at this pretty cute place through Airbnb this time around, and I actually really enjoyed it! It was right on Carondelet, which turn into Bourbon St as it passes over Canal St. This made for a quick walk to anything in the French Quarter, and there were parking garages all around. The only thing I will complain about is that because it was on a street car line, it was a bit noisy early in the morning. But I’m literally the lightest sleeper in the world. My fiancé hardly noticed it. And it stopped running around 11pm, so it didn’t keep me up.
Where I Want To Stay:
Gentry House – $$$
Hot croissants and coffee delivered to your door. Every. Morning. And located right in the French Quarter? No wonder it’s a bit of a splurge!
Can you sense a theme here with the splurge locations? It is a wish list after all! Located right on Royal St., it is situated right in the heart of the French Quarter. Plus the hotel and rooms are beautiful.
Hotel Monteleone – $$$
Hotel Monteleone is home to the famous Carousel Bar (which I will talk about again in a separate post), but is an actual carousel. Your seats at the bar rotate around the bar itself, which is pretty darn cool. Definitely something to check out even if you don’t get a drink. Aside from their cool bar, the hotel itself is pretty amazing. Definitely a splurge!
Ace Hotel – $$-$$$
Home to that amazing coffee shop I mentioned earlier – Stumptown Coffee Roasters – this hotel certainly won’t disappoint! An amazing rooftop pool, hotel bar, delicious looking food, and modern rooms. What more could you want? While the regular sized rooms will cost you an average amount for the location, this hotel also offers ultra-luxe suites and corner rooms for much more.
I’ll be honest, the only reason I want to stay here is because I love their bar, The Bombay Club, so much (I’ll talk more about that in a later post). Thankfully they are pretty darn affordable too! Located right of of Bourbon St. on Conti St., the location is hard to argue with.
And that’s my list! Have you been to New Orleans and have a hotel to suggest? Or have any questions? Comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!