New Orleans hosts millions of visitors each year who are enjoying special events, cruises, or simply a tour of this unique American city. They'll be looking for the best values in hotels, resorts, and B&Bs.
Three-star hotels might not fit your idea of budget travel. In large cities, some budget travelers will seek out private homes to rent, hostels, or low-cost rooms in two-star establishments. There is nothing wrong with any of those strategies.
But there are times when you need to find a full-service hotel in the heart of the city. Perhaps it's a special occasion or an important business trip. You'd like at least a three-star experience without paying premium prices.
You can find plenty of free things to do in New Orleans, but the hotel bill can still be a formidable budget travel challenge. You'll be looking for value at affordable prices.
That's a difficult assignment in New Orleans and many other cities. Some will use a Priceline bid to make the buy affordable. But others will scour the pages of TripAdvisor.com, looking for the best ratings at the lowest prices.
What follows is a list of 10 New Orleans hotels/resorts/B&Bs that provide strong value for each dollar spent. Certainly, there are many more than 10 such establishments in this city. But use this list as a starting point for considering how you will get the best values in a three-star stay.
Preference is given to TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winners, and to properties offering rooms that come in at less than $200/night, taxes included. Check the links for current rates. These properties also rank within the top 50 of TripAdvisor's New Orleans hotel lists. They also generally attract fewer than 5 percent negative (poor or terrible) TripAdvisor reviews from guests.
(Note: Several of the following hotels are rated as four-star properties and are marked accordingly.)
This property is located at 820 Poydras St., about six blocks from both the French Quarter and the Convention Center/cruise port area.
Parking at this central location is rather expensive at $25/night with valet service the only option. But the hotel offers a free breakfast and a 5:30 kickback that includes late-afternoon hot and cold foods and even a selection of beer, wine, and mixed drinks. Free popcorn and soft drinks are offered from 3-10 p.m. Off the property, 15 restaurants are within a seven-block distance.
King, Queen, and Suite rooms are available. Room rates with taxes often exceed $200 by a small amount, but the central location and the provided food and drink might make Drury Inn & Suites fairly competitive with respect to value.
As the name implies, you'll find this French Quarter Inn at 708 Ursulines Ave., just a few blocks from the French Market. It's a central location for visitors who like to wander on foot through some of the city's best-known attractions.
You'll find exposed brick, pine floors, and white marble bathrooms, but prices tend to be under $200 with taxes included unless a special event is underway. This is a residential section of the Quarter and a taste of Old New Orleans.
The nearest parking is about five blocks from the hotel, and there is no included breakfast. But you'll be a short walk from some great bakeries, including the world-famous Cafe du Monde with its New Orleans coffee and beignets.
This is a classic four-star chain hotel in the heart of downtown (444 St. Charles Ave.), and that might not appeal to all budget travelers. But there is a certain familiarity that comes with a large, business-oriented hotel.
You won't get a free breakfast, but there is a full business center where you can take care of printing needs. There is a terrace pool and turn-down service, but you'll pay $42/day for valet parking. There are private lots unrelated to the hotel where you'll pay about half that price.
So why would a budget traveler book here? Efficiency and service are two reasons. You can also find discounts at certain times on Priceline, Hotwire, and other platforms. For special occasion visits, this might be an excellent choice.
Q&C (Queen and Crescent) Hotel/Bar is at 344 Camp St., near the corner of Camp and Poydras. As with Drury Inn, this hotel is a relatively short walk to the French Quarter, but in a quieter neighborhood that might be more conducive to a good night's sleep.
This property is part of the Autograph Collection of hotels. Rooms feature exposed brick and other architectural amenities.
Breakfast is not included in the room rate, but the bar is good for a wide selection of beverages and simple dishes.
This Courtyard at 910 Iberville St. is just a block or so from the corner of Canal and Bourbon Sts. Although the location is strategic, you'll pay a hefty daily parking fee if you make arrangements through the hotel, and there is no breakfast provided with the room rate.
But it's tough to beat that location, and reviews on TripAdvisor generally indicate clean rooms and top-tier service. Reviews of poor or terrible were less than 3 percent of the total.
The Renaissance is a four-star spot for people who want to set up a headquarters in the Warehouse District (700 Tchoupitoulas St.). This area is convenient to museums, art galleries, and restaurants.
The hotel features a rooftop pool deck, coffee shop, bar, and restaurant.
If you want to go to the French Quarter, take the #91 bus, which stops in front of the hotel and arrive in about 10 minutes for pocket change.
Not far from the Intercontinental is Le Pavillon, at 833 Poydras St. This historic building has been updated many times, and it is a sound choice for those who aren't looking for a chain property. Le Pavillon is affiliated with The Leading Hotels of the World.
Although breakfast isn't included, there are cookies and munchies in the evenings. Some complain the plumbing could use an upgrade, but overall reviews of Le Pavillon are quite good.
This hotel, at 315 Magazine St., lands at the higher end of room rates on this list, but includes a free breakfast and features a terrific location. Within a few hundred feet of the cruise terminal and convention center, you can walk to many attractions. The hotel also offers bike rentals.
Many travelers prefer the Garden District to the French Quarter, and for those folks, consider a stay at the Hampton at 3626 St, Charles Ave. You'll receive a free breakfast and free parking, two items that don't appear on many downtown hotel amenities lists. You can also save on transportation by taking advantage of the St. Charles streetcar line, which runs right in front of the hotel.
If you'll be attending a convention in the Crescent City, this property is a short walk from the meeting at 1001 South Peters St. Because of the convenience, you'll find it is often booked when a big convention comes to town, so plan accordingly.
Parking is expensive, but public lots nearby are less costly than what the hotel offers. There is no free breakfast, but in New Orleans, there are some fine breakfast foods to be had in bakeries and cafes.