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Where to Stay in New Orleans: Best Areas & Hotels

New Orleans' French Quarter is the place to stay if you like to be in the middle of non-stop excitement, and it is full of many of the city's top attractions. For those who want to be close to the activity but not immersed 24/7, the Central Business District is the perfect alternative, with close proximity and a range of its own sights and destinations. Both neighborhoods are easily walkable, but the city's historic streetcars are a fun alternative and they also extend to the opulent Garden District. For those with vehicles, outlying areas like Treme and Uptown/Carrollton have some more affordable options.

Where to Stay for Luxury

Canal Street
Canal Street
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Some of the city's finest hotels are in the Central Business District, which is convenient to the French Quarter yet removed from the constant buzz. This neighborhood has plenty of attractions of its own, from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to the shopping and restaurants of Canal Street and the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium. The Windsor Court Hotel sits next to the Piazza d'Italia and the Riverwalk Marketplace and is just a five-minute walk to Lafayette square. This five-star hotel offers the full range of luxury amenities plus extras like airport transportation and in-hotel babysitting, as well as afternoon tea.

The environmentally conscious Harrah's New Orleans greets guests with a welcome basket waiting in a stylish, understated room with deep soaking tubs for ultimate relaxation. It is just two blocks from the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas on the shore of the Mississippi and close to shopping and several museums.

The lobby of the Loews New Orleans Hotel has a creative New Orleans feel, and its Louisiana Ballroom has a simple elegance with unique touches like its butterfly-inspired chandelier. Suites are spacious with equally creative but tasteful décor, many with river views. The hotel's elite spa features couple's treatment rooms, and in addition to a very large and well-equipped fitness center there is an on-site tennis court for guests.

The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel is close to several of the area's finest theaters, including the Orpheum, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Saenger Theatre, and within walking distance of the Superdome. The stunning lobby is worth a visit even if you aren't staying here - it is grand in every sense of the word - and a visit to the Waldorf Astoria Spa is a must.

Where to Stay for the Best Value

French Quarter balcony
French Quarter balcony
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Just one block from Bourbon Street in the heart of the French Quarter, the newly renovated Grenoble House provides apartment-style suites with a full kitchen and living area, as well as free breakfast. The pool and hot tub are in a lovely brick patio area, and the management provides the best in personal service.

At the far side of the neighborhood, the family-friendly Homewood Suites by Hilton New Orleans French Quarter is a five- to 10-minute walk from most French Quarter attractions and has a streetcar stop just out front. Facilities at this comfortable, newly built all-suite lodging include a large pool, fitness area, pool table, putting green, and a grilling area in the courtyard; amenities include a full hot breakfast, mini-fridge and microwave in the room, and a good selection of snacks in the lobby store.

The Drury Inn & Suites New Orleans is located in the Central Business District, one block from the Lafayette Square Conservancy. It has an elegant, luxurious atmosphere yet is family-friendly, with a convenient guest laundry room, a heated pool in the large courtyard, and complimentary popcorn and beverages available every afternoon in addition to a light dinner buffet.

In the fashionable Garden District, the Henry Howard Hotel is within two blocks of the McKenna Museum of African American Art and the House of Broel's Victorian Mansion and Doll House Museum. This historic Greek-revival mansion was built in 1867, designed by architect Henry Howard, and can be rented for private events.

Where to Stay on a Budget

St. Charles Street in Uptown
St. Charles Street in Uptown
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As in many cities, the more affordable lodgings in New Orleans are located outside the city center. In the culture-infused Treme neighborhood, the The Treme Hotel is a good choice for those with a vehicle or willing to take a taxi to the sights. There is free parking and Wi-Fi, and breakfast is served on the weekends. Available for guest use are a self-serve laundry, fitness room, and an outdoor patio with a grill.

Uptown/Carrollton, home to Tulane and Loyola Universities, is also home to the Alder Hotel, just two blocks from Freret Street restaurants and a bus stop for easy access to the city. Spacious rooms are clean and updated with kitchenettes, and hotel facilities include a business center, pool, and free parking.

Outside city center neighborhoods but on the main thoroughfare, Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard, and just a few blocks from a streetcar stop, The Crescent Palms Motel has a vintage vibe. It offers spacious rooms with microwave, mini-fridge, and Wi-Fi.

Where to Stay for Romance

Horse-drawn carriage in the French Quarter
Horse-drawn carriage in the French Quarter
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Couples who are looking for a romantic getaway in the heart of New Orleans' lively French Quarter will have no shortage of options, including these romantic hotels that are all within one block of Bourbon Street. By the New Orleans Musical Legends Park, Hotel Mazarin has a large, beautiful interior courtyard with a fountain and a banquet room for special events. The clean, comfortable rooms include a generous breakfast. For a double balcony, ask to book a corner room.

Just one block from Canal Street, the Hotel Monteleone is also across the street from several upscale galleries and boutiques. This pet-friendly hotel exudes southern elegance and has a heated outdoor pool, fitness center, and spa for the ultimate pampering.

The Bourbon Orleans Hotel holds an old-world charm with its early 19th-century French style. Couples can enjoy relaxing by the pool in the central courtyard or playing a match on the private tennis court. The upscale, boutique Hotel Le Marais is a hotspot for celebrities, located in the center of the action just off Bourbon Street.

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