Despite all the damage sustained during the devastating
Hurricane Katrina in 2005, a majority of New
Orleans hotels remain operational and the French quarter
hotels were virtually untouched. Some of New Orleans
is still in cleanup mode, so it’s best to check
in advance to see what options you are limited to outside
of the French quarter.
Luxury Hotels in New Orleans / French
The major five star luxury hotels in New Orleans are
the Ritz Carlton with its sumptuous accommodations and
the best spa in the city. One of only two five star
hotels in the city, you can experience the finest in New
Orleans dining at the incredible five star restaurant
Victor’s or enjoy high tea in the parlor.
The Windsor (pictured at top) is another of the superior high end luxury
hotels. The location is excellent too, near the
French Quarter and Harrah’s Casino.
New Orleans Hotels
The other high end hotels in New Orleans include the W Hotel for the hip and trendy traveler. The W is one of the New Orleans boutique hotels with a modern touch. It also offers some interesting vacation packages, especially during summer when occupancy is low.
In the arts district you can find more New Orleans boutique hotels like the Ambassador with its hardwood flooring and wrought iron poster beds. It’s close by the galleries and walking distance to the French Quarter. There is also the Pelham Hotel, nearby the convention center which boasts European decorated rooms, some with four poster beds.
In the French Quarter, you can find some of the best
historic hotels New Orleans offers. The Bourbon
Street hotels are especially desirable if you want
to be in the center of the New
Orleans nightlife or have a good seat during one of
the many New Orleans events and festivals,
like the world famous Mardi Gras. The Wyndham Hotel,
Royal Sonesta and French Market Inn are on the top of
the list for the historic hotels New Orleans offers.
Garden District Hotels
More New Orleans boutique hotels can be found in the
Garden District, an historical area with a trolley car
access to the French Quarter. The Pontchartrain Hotel
is a luxury hotel with historic charm. Enjoy the
antiques inside and the oak tree canopy outside.
The Maison Hotel is another historic Creole building with
120 rooms to enjoy!
Bed and Breakfast New Orleans hotels
New Orleans is steeped in history and there is no better way to enjoy it than the excellent bed and breakfast hotels.
A few noteworthy B&Bs New Orleans offers are the Elysian
fields Inn Bed and Breakfast, located five blocks from
the French Quarter and the Melrose Mansion Bed and Breakfast
voted one of the most romantic bed and breakfasts
in the country.
Discounted New Orleans Hotels
The hotels in Metarie are closer to the airport and
convenient for a quick stopover. This area is in
between the airport and French Quarter and good for discounted
hotels. The Four Point by Sheraton is right on the
Mississippi River. The Sheraton is upscale and full
service, featuring a pool, restaurant bar and café.
You can also find the Days Inn, Ramada and Holiday Inn
in Metarie for discounted stays.
There are also hotels by the convention center, which
is just blocks from the French Quarter. Best Western
Parc St. Charles is located blocks from all the
major attractions and has a fitness room, Jacuzzi and
convenient to the convention center. Hotel Le Cirque
is a hip property that is walking distance to the Convention
Center. One of the new hip and zen New Orleans boutique
hotels, Hotel le Cirque has modern decoration and an on
site spa. During Mardi
Gras you can find views of up to 23 different parades.
You can also find cheap hotels in New Orleans outside
the French Quarter like the best Western and Choice hotel
chains. But for the hotels New Orleans offers, pay
a little extra and stay near the French Quarter.
There is nothing quite like the treat of walking out the
door of your hotel to this European charm. Try the
hotel discounts in off season June – August and
you can find some of the best discounted prices on hotels
in New Orleans.
There are so many New Orleans hotels to choose from, you are sure to find something to entertain and delight you on your next New Orleans vacation.