Best New Orleans Hotels: Stays Designed with Luxury in Mind

When choosing a hotel in New Orleans, location is key. If you plan on touring the French Quarter, or are coming for a sporting event at the Superdome, staying at a central location will get you to where you want to be without needing transportation. If your trip is designed for brunching on Magazine Street and window shopping, you should start looking for your lodging in the Garden District or Uptown, perhaps by beautiful Audubon Park.

Most New Orleans visitors prefer not to rent a car and have to deal with street parking or driving after an evening of libations.  Making sure your hotel is in walking distance to where you want to be. Being close to street car stops will help you branch out to explore all parts of the city that you wouldn't be able to walk to by foot. At $1.25 per ride, it can't be beat.  Renting bikes is also a great option if you like to get out and explore the neighborhood, an ideal way to leave the tourist track behind and dig a little deeper into the city's charms.

When you have your location figured out, it's time to figure out the degree of luxury, design, amenities and value you are looking for in a place to stay. New Orleans has it all. From comfortable bed and breakfasts along Audubon Park to world class five star hotels like the W French Quarter and Audubon Cottages, the options will have you sleeping easy.

Art is an important part of New Orleans culture, and the Renaissance Arts Hotel in the Warehouse District gets that. The boutique Marriott brand seems like an art gallery in itself, with an inside sculpture garden and masterpieces adorning most...  Read More

The Maison de Ville Hotel is another property located right in the heart of the French Quarter, steps from all must-see attractions. Guests are treated to true Southern hospitality at this historic (and some say haunted) property, with its...  Read More

This uber luxe 23-story landmark hotel in the Central Business District turns 30 in 2014, and she's not showing her age a bit. Long the go-to spot for celebrities, athletes and corporate thought leaders, the Windsor Court Hotel underwent a stem...  Read More

Loews New Orleans Hotel
Photo courtesy of Loews Hotel New Orleans

Loews is a brand that combines luxury with service, and the New Orleans address is no exception. Once an office tower, the Loews is a contemporary 21-story four-star hotel, complete with the Brennan family-run Café Adelaide and the Swizzle...  Read More

Hotel Monteleone on Royal Street emanates European luxury with 600 sprawling rooms, and boasts one of the highest inventories of suites (55) available in New Orleans. The vibe throughout is retro-European, from the guest rooms' rich fabrics and...  Read More

W New Orleans - French Quarter
Photo courtesy of W French Quarter New Orleans

The newly renovated W in the French Quarter marries urban chic with traditional Vieux Carré architecture in a fabulous location, the best of all worlds. Spacious rooms themed jazz or tarot are decked out in bold art and niceties like Bliss spa...  Read More

The JW Marriott Hotel on Canal St. delivers all the extras a business traveler expects without feeling like a typical convention hotel. The 487 rooms and nine suites, all recently renovated, deliver luxurious finishes, city views and upgraded...  Read More

The Royal Sonesta is where to go when you want to experience New Orleans full on. The 500-room, seven story hotel opens out onto Bourbon Street in the heart of the French Quarter. Its architecture combines European flair with Southern charm and...  Read More

The Ritz-Carlton name speaks for itself, and its New Orleans location is one of the brand's landmark properties. Located on Canal Street in a historic renovation of a pair of architectural landmarks: the Kress and Maison Blanche buildings, this...  Read More

Audubon Cottages
Photo courtesy of French Quarter Hotel Collection

Imagine staying with a rich friend, who is touring Europe but is generous enough to give you the key to her secluded French Quarter hideaway. That's what it feels like to stay in one of the seven recently refurbished seven Audubon Cottages,...  Read More


Meet Beth D'Addono

Beth D'Addono is a food and travel writer obsessed with flavor, exploring cultures, street music and the city of New Orleans.

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