I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: New Orleans is so much more than a party spot.
It’s a wonderfully diverse and lively city full of artists, musicians, chefs, storytellers, and the like. Its neighborhoods are diverse as well, so if you’re looking for a particular vibe, let me help you find the right area to stay in and a great hotel.
Here are the best places to stay in New Orleans, a breakdown of the top 7 areas to stay in New Orleans and their best hotels, inns, and bed & breakfast properties.
New Orleans’ French Quarter
Arguably the most popular neighborhood in New Orleans is the French Quarter. And while you don’t have to stay here to have a good time, there are some advantages.
If you’re in town for a big celebration, like a bachelorette or birthday, basing yourself in the French Quarter makes sense. You can walk to just about anything you’ll want to do or be able to hop the street car to get around, which will be great for cutting down on cab fares or the need to rent a car.
If you’re more into a quiet celebration, the French Quarter will likely be too loud for you. Don’t worry – there are plenty of neighborhoods nearby that will still enable you to enjoy the French Quarter and still get sleep at night.
Best hotels in French Quarter New Orleans
The French Quarter is filled with hotels, bed & breakfasts, inns, and vacation rentals. The biggest tip to keep in mind for staying in this area is that rooms will likely be small and in most areas, you’ll likely hear noise from outside from the many bars and restaurants. If neither of these things bother you, keep reading to find the perfect spot!
Hostels in New Orleans French Quarter
For budget travelers, the IHSP French Quarter House is the only hostel in the French Quarter. The hostel is only open to those age 35 and under, so a valid ID is required for all guests, as well as a credit card. The IHSP French Quarter House hosts bar crawls with a local guide each Friday, which is a great way to mix and mingle with other hostelers.
The Cornstalk Hotel is one of the most well-known boutique hotels in the French Quarter. Its beautiful fence in the shape of cornstalks and quaint front yard are a lovely contrast to the surrounding buildings in the French Quarter. I absolutely adore the sullen cherub statue sitting in the front yard’s fountain. He looks as if he’s done something naughty enough to be grounded!
The Cornstalk Hotel has hosted many historical figures and celebrities, such as Harriett Beecher Stowe, Elvis Presley, Liz Taylor, and the Clintons (of presidential fame). It’s supposedly haunted, as well!
Dauphine Orleans Hotel
Part of the Dauphine Orleans Hotel was once a bustling bordello back in the mid-1800s to early 1900s. It is easy to find due to the red light outside, a holdover from its bordello era.
Technically comprised of 3 properties, the main building, a carriage house, and the Hermann House courtyard, it is easy to find a quiet room in the French Quarter at the Dauphine Orleans Hotel. The property includes a bar and an outdoor saltwater pool.
Lastly, the Dauphine Orleans Hotel is a Stash Rewards member, which is a loyalty program for independent hotels in the US and Caribbean. Bottom line: You won’t miss out on earning loyalty points by staying here.
The Hotel Provincial is located on Rue Chartres, between my 2 favorite streets in the French Quarter, Royal and Decatur. As with many French Quarter hotels, it is a boutique hotel property.
Not all rooms are decorated the same and some have different amenities than others, such as a balcony or direct courtyard access. The Hotel Provincial would be a lovely property for a New Orleans honeymoon or romantic getaway.
If you’re looking for a luxury hotel in the French Quarter, look no further than the Audubon Cottages. The Audubon Cottages is comprised of 7 one and two bedroom cottages, plus a main house.
Several of the cottages have private courtyards, so if privacy is a concern, this might be a great property for you, as well. Guests also have access to a butler (yes, a butler!) to assist with pretty much anything.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the classic Hotel Monteleone, located on the edge of the French Quarter and Central Business District.
This luxury hotel in the French Quarter was opened in 1868 by an Italian immigrant, Antonio Monteleone. Many years later, Hotel Monteleone is still owned and operated by the Monteleone family. What a lovely story!
Aside from its history, the Hotel Monteleone is also well known for its carousel bar. Yes, this bar not only looks like a classic carousel ride, but it also rotates!
The Soniat House is a small boutique hotel in the French Quarter with 31 individually decorated rooms. The rooms are so stunning, you might not want to leave to explore the French Quarter! Perhaps their on-site antiques shop, filled with furnishings similar to those used throughout the hotel, will entice you to step out?
If you’ve ever dreamed of staying in a hotel in the French Quarter that has a balcony, add the Soniat House to your list of contenders. Most of the suite level rooms have balconies that overlook the French Quarter. What I wouldn’t give to sip my morning coffee and watch the French Quarter wake up (or wind down?) each day!
Garden District New Orleans
The Garden District is well-known for its gorgeous Southern mansions, but that’s not all!
The Garden District is also home to Magazine Street, which is full of art galleries and boutiques. I liken the Garden District as the posh older sister to the French Quarter’s college kid brother. It’s an excellent spot for a fancy girls’ weekend or romantic weekend away.
Hotels in Garden District New Orleans
Most of the properties in the Garden District are mansions-turned-inns, but there are a few hotels, too. Here are my top 4 picks if you’re looking to stay in the Garden District.
Henry Howard Hotel
The Henry Howard Hotel is a gorgeous 18-bedroom boutique hotel in the Garden District. Located on Prytania Street, about a block off of St. Charles, the Henry Howard Hotel is a fantastic location for a Nola vacation. You can hop on the street car to head further into the Garden District or out to the French Quarter. A few blocks away is Magazine Street, as well.
The Henry Howard Hotel is a member of the Stash Hotel Rewards program. No need to worry about not racking up loyalty points to use for future trips.
Sully Mansion is another lovely boutique property in the Garden District of New Orleans. With only 9 rooms, Sully Mansion has a more personal vibe than the usual large properties you’ll find in New Orleans.
Like Henry Howard Hotel, Sully Mansion is located on Prytania Street, so its location is perfect for those looking to explore different areas of New Orleans.
Located directly on St. Charles Avenue, the Pontchartrain Hotel is a much larger than other boutique hotels in the Garden District, with 106 rooms. Although this takes away from the intimate vibe you get from a bed and breakfast or inn, it definitely has its perks.
The Pontchartrain Hotel has 4 restaurants on property, including one of my favorite bars in New Orleans, Hot Tin. It also features The Parlor, an event space just begging for a fancy New Orleans wedding.
Garden District House
If you’re dreaming of staying in the posh Garden District, but think you can’t afford it, think again! The Garden District House is a hostel located in the Garden District. It’s not as well located as the other properties in the Garden District, but for under $50 per night, surely you won’t mind walking a few extra blocks to the street car.
Central Business District New Orleans
Sandwiched between the French Quarter and Garden District is the Central Business District. It’s a fantastic base if you’re looking to save a bit of money and intend to visit more than the French Quarter.
Don’t let the name shy you away! There are plenty of restaurants, bars, shops, and things to do in the Central Business District, so you won’t ever feel out of the loop or as if you’re missing out by not staying in the more-touristy French Quarter.
Central Business District New Orleans Hotels
Technically the Central Business District also includes the Warehouse and Arts Districts. However, I feel these neighborhoods deserve a call-out of their own.
The following Central Business District New Orleans hotels include properties in the wedge-shaped area from Loyola Avenue to the Mississippi River and Canal Street over to Poydras Street.
Crowne Plaza New Orleans
The Crowne Plaza New Orleans is located right on the edge of the French Quarter, but technically in the Central Business District. It’s situated at the corner of Canal Street and Bourbon, making it a great spot if you’re in town to experience the famed French Quarter.
The Crowne Plaza New Orleans is a huge property with just under 700 rooms and features an outdoor rooftop pool.
DoubleTree by Hilton New Orleans
The DoubleTree by Hilton New Orleans is another big hotel located between the French Quarter and Central Business District. It was renovated in 2016, so you can expect all of the amenities to be up to date and working well.
The DoubleTree by Hilton New Orleans is situated next to Harrah’s Casino and is a short walk to Riverfront Park (my favorite spot to watch the sunset in New Orleans) and the Riverwalk shops.
Le Méridien New Orleans
If you’re looking for a more modern vibe compared to other luxury hotels in New Orleans, check out Le Méridien New Orleans. This well-known luxury chain’s New Orleans location features a clean, crisp design – a stark contrast compared to the typical frilly and ornate decor in most New Orleans hotels.
Don’t forget, Le Méridien New Orleans is an SPG property, so if you’re a member of the Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty program, you can earn points by staying at this hotel.
Moxy Hotel New Orleans
The Moxy Hotel New Orleans is one of Marriott’s newest properties in New Orleans, having opened in 2016.
In general, the Moxy Hotels brand is known for its super hip, Instagram friendly design and budget prices. It’s basically a millennium’s dream hotel in New Orleans, especially since it’s just a hop away from the French Quarter.
Ritz Carlton New Orleans
If you’re looking for super luxury and the classic amenities from a large hotel, the Ritz Carlton New Orleans is your best bet.
The Ritz Carlton New Orleans is located right on the edge of the French Quarter, but technically within the boundaries of the Central Business District, at the corner of Canal and Dauphine Streets.
The Roosevelt Hotel New Orleans
The Roosevelt Hotel New Orleans is a Waldorf Astoria property within the Hilton Honors loyalty program. If you know you’ll want respite from the hustle and bustle of the city, the Roosevelt Hotel New Orleans has a large rooftop pool area, complete with cabanas and a bar. In addition, it has several cafes, bars, and restaurants, perfect for a nightcap, quick meal, or leisurely cup of coffee.
The Saint Hotel
Located next to the Ritz Carlton New Orleans, at the corner of Canal and Burgundy Streets, is The Saint Hotel. As you might guess, the hotel is based on a saints and sinners themes with Tempt restaurant and Archangel themed suites.
I stayed here on my most recent trip to New Orleans in October 2017 in a deluxe king room. It was spacious, quiet, and perfectly furnished. I almost never had to wait for the elevator (a pet peeve of mine when it comes to staying in big hotels) and the staff was superb!
Warehouse District New Orleans
As mentioned earlier in this post, the Warehouse District is, according to most maps, part of the Central Business District. However, there are plenty of properties in this distinct section that I believe it deserves its own mention.
The Warehouse District in New Orleans features a ton of hip hotels, restaurants, and cafes. At the top is the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and Smoothie King Center.
New Orleans Warehouse District Hotels
The following New Orleans Warehouse District hotels are located from the Superdome down to the Mississippi River and Poydras Street over to the Pontchartrain Expressway, excluding the Arts District (see next section).
Ace Hotel New Orleans
The Ace Hotel New Orleanss opened its doors in 2016. This hipster friendly hotel hails from a small chain of boutique hotels across the US, with 1 location in London. The real gems of this hotel are its rooftop pool and bar, as well as its shop stocked with local goods (also available online, FYI!).
Hotel Modern New Orleans
Hotel Modern New Orleans is currently undergoing renovations that are set to complete in August 2018. If you’re looking for a budget option, but don’t want to stay in a dorm-style hotel or hostel, Hotel Modern New Orleans is a great option. It’s not going to be ultra cheap like a hostel, but certainly cheaper than most others in the area – and with great style to boot!
Hyatt Regency New Orleans
Located directly next to the Superdome and Smoothie King Center, the Hyatt Regency New Orleans is perfect if you’re in town for a big sports game or concert, such as the New Orleans Saints home games or the Essence Festival.
Aside from its proximity to the Superdome and Smoothie King Center, the Hyatt Regency New Orleans is a Hyatt property, which means you can earn World of Hyatt points. It’s massive, with over 1,300 rooms, and features a rooftop pool.
The Mercantile Hotel
The Mercantile Hotel is an all-suite hotel located on the edge of the Warehouse and Arts Districts. The rooms at the Mercantile Hotel are absolutely adorable, with exposed brick walls, big windows, and clean furnishings.
It sits about 2 blocks from the Riverwalk Outlets, making it a perfect base if you’re in town for some shopping. The Mercantile Hotel is also quite close to the New Orleans Convention Center and cruise terminal.
Old 77 Hotel & Chandlery
The Old 77 Hotel & Chandlery is a unique hotel in New Orleans. Yes, it has excellent decor (including a room designed especially for solo travelers!) and is in a great location (just a few blocks from Canal Street). But that isn’t really unique in this quirky, artsy city.
What makes Old 77 Hotel a hotel you should support (read: book!) is its artist in residence program. Each July, the Old 77 Hotel invites an artist to stay for a month and create artwork inspired by the city of New Orleans. How cool is that?
Arts District New Orleans
The lower left corner of the Warehouse District is known as the Arts District. It includes Camp Street down to the Mississippi River and Julia Street over to the Pontchartrain Expressway. The Arts District features art galleries, restaurants, theaters, and museums.
New Orleans Arts District Hotels
Given its proximity to the New Orleans Convention Center and New Orleans Cruise Terminal, the hotels in the Arts District are mostly major chains. The downside is that most of the hotels lack local charm. The upside is you’ll easily find a hotel chain with which you can rack up loyalty points to use for future travel.
Hampton Inn New Orleans Convention Center
The Hampton Inn New Orleans Convention Center is geared toward business travelers and conventioneers, as it’s quite close to the New Orleans Convention Center. It consists of two towers, one with the usual Hampton Inn hotel rooms and the other with suites.
Hyatt Place New Orleans Convention Center
Located next to the New Orleans Convention Center, the Hyatt Place New Orleans Convention Center is probably the best place to base yourself if you’re in town for convention. No need to hassle with Ubers or taxis early in the morning – just hop across the street!
Marriott Downtown New Orleans
The Marriott Downtown New Orleans is another big chain located directly next to the New Orleans Convention Center. The Marriott Downtown New Orleans features a Starbucks and Wolfe’s, a Creole and French restaurant.
Residence Inn New Orleans Downtown
The Residence Inn New Orleans Downtown is an all-suite hotel located around the block from the Louisiana Children’s Museum, making it a great pick for family vacations.
Of the hotels I’ve featured in the Arts District, the Residence Inn New Orleans Downtown is also closer to the restaurants and cafes in the Warehouse and Arts District, while the others are a closer to the convention center.
Marigny New Orleans
To the right of the French Quarter, along the Mississippi River, is Faubourg Marigny. It’s a largely residential neighborhood, but bed & breakfast properties are sprinkled throughout.
Hotels in Marigny New Orleans
The big draw to staying in this area is its restaurants and bars. The quiet atmosphere, yet close proximity to the French Quarter, is another big reason for considering a bed & breakfast property in the Marigny.
Auld Sweet Olive Bed and Breakfast
If you’re keen on eco-friendly properties, Auld Sweet Olive Bed and Breakfast sounds like the place for you. They are the first bed and breakfast property in New Orleans to be certified as green. The house is outfitted with an energy efficient roof, soaps are from a local artisan, and many goods used to make meals come from a local co-op.
>Melrose Mansion is a stunning Victorian mansion on Esplanade Avenue, right in between the French Quarter and Faubourg Marigny. This property features 7 rooms, a pool, and even a gym (a rarity for B&B type properties!). In addition to daily breakfast, Melrose Mansion also hosts a happy hour from 4:30-5:30pm.
Royal Frenchman Hotel and Bar
If you’re in town to hear live music, this is where you want to stay! Located on Frenchman Street, the Royal Frenchman Hotel and Bar was renovated in 2017 and features 16 rooms and suites.
As the name suggests, the property also includes a small bar. It’s the perfect spot for a drink before heading out to explore the music clubs on Frenchman Street or wandering around the French Quarter.
New Orleans’ Tremé
Tremé is the oldest Black neighborhood in the US and the birthplace of Jazz music. Today the neighborhood features colorful homes and beautiful Louis Armstrong Park, which includes several theaters and meeting halls. Tremé is also home to my favorite coffee shop in New Orleans, the Tremé Coffeehouse.
As fun and funky as Tremé is, it’s not the biggest place to stay in New Orleans. There aren’t any big name hotels, as its more of a residential neighborhood.
In addition, there’s a LOT of pushback against AirBNB spots in New Orleans, especially in this neighborhood. Why? In a nutshell, businesses like AirBNB are making rent more expensive and residential inventory smaller, as landlords can make more money off short-term rentals.
Hotels in New Orleans’ Tremé
If you’re looking to be close to the French Quarter, but far enough away to escape the noise at night, check out Tremé. There are a handful of independent bed and breakfast properties that would be great for romantic getaways.
Ashton’s Bed and Breakfast
Ashton’s Bed and Breakfast is a beautiful Civil War era Greek Revival mansion turned B&B in 1989. It features 8 guest rooms and a relaxing backyard featuring a 300-year-old oak tree.
Inn at the Old Jail
The Inn at the Old Jail is literally that – an inn built inside a former New Orleans jailhouse. This stunning inn includes 9 guest rooms, some of which are named after historic New Orleans Police Department members.
Jazz Quarters New Orleans
The Jazz Quarters New Orleans offers travelers the unique experience of staying in authentic Creole cottages. It is located next to Armstrong Park, just across N. Rampart Street to the French Quarter.
La Belle Esplanade
Located on Esplanade Avenue, amongst other gorgeous mansions and colorful B&Bs, La Belle Esplanade includes 5 beautiful suites. Breakfast is included with your stay and always includes food from local shops and bakeries.
Where is your favorite place to stay in New Orleans?