Stayed at the Marriott Fairfield Suites. It was just off of Canal and a short walk into the French Quarter. Close to the action but far enough away for some peace. Highly recommend and it wasn't expensive.
great Hotel. You're in the French Quarter but a block or so over from Bourbon street so you can avoid it if you want. It was hot but early evening is bearable. Right on the same street a block or 2 up is this nice little cafe- Cafe Beignet. Great fresh Beignet without the craziness and crowds of Cafe Du Monde.
As I type this and Iíd recommend it. Itís a block off of Bourbon Street, Away enough from the craziness but close enough to everything. Iíve stayed at the Ritz down here before, the Monteleone, the Omni, and another one I forget but this one might be my favorite. Very reasonably priced. Nice rooms and a small pool.
1st thing everybody said to me is "it's gonna be hot"
so let me ask...did you know it's going to be hot? Get this - they have tree lined streets.....trolly cars...and air conditioning!!
We did a Ghosts and Spirits walking tour anyway.
Check out the Crown Plaza on Bourbon.
Also, one thing that surprised me, but probably shouldn't have...actually 2 things - The French Quarter is extremely dirty. The old buildings and sewage system don't lend itself to a clean modern infrastructure like we're used to. Given that, even the nice clean restaurants will have roaches...just try to ignore...they're everywhere
Check put hotels in the warehouse district. I've stayed in a few (sorry, I can't remember names at the moment - one was definitely a Marriott) and they worked out great. Cool, safe, fairly quiet area near the FQ and everything else.
proximity? Cleanliness? Peace and quiet? no cockroaches (which are a massive problem in New Orleans)?
When you go, it's basically the best AC possible. It's going to be steamy.
The last three times I went to New Orleans I stayed at the Marriott on Canal Street. For one, I have a ton of Marriott points so I didn't pay for the hotel, but I also enjoyed it being removed from the fray a little bit and it offered a nice respite from the debauchery.
Easy walk to the french quarter, and as a full service marriott you know what you're getting.
for the JW Marriott. Far enough away from the madness, but close enough to get to where you need to.
You mentioned 4 or 5 star hotels, but I personally like the Courtyard Marriott when I've gone for conventions. Only a couple blocks away from the convention Center in one direction and the French Quarter in the other direction, it is the best value, IMO for New Orleans.
not really going there for the FQ - will see some of it but I have a friend there who will give me the tour that locals think you should take. (and yes, asked friend for hotel recommendations too)
definitely want a quiet spot - bringing the misses - don't want to be awakened with people (aka drunks) running up and down hallway all night
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