10 Best Places to Stay in New Orleans on a Budget

It's easy to go overboard when you're spending in the Big Easy.  When you come here for vacation,  make sure you are saving your bank roll for the activities, dining and the nightlife for which the city is famous. You can stay at any of the top budget hotels listed below, and keep enough of that green in your back pocket to assure having the best time possible.  

A budget sleep in and around New Orleans basically means being farther away from the French Quarter. That's okay though. If you are planning on renting a car during your stay, you will most likely be charged an impressive daily fee, in the $30 range, for onsite hotel parking downtown. With most of the budget hotels listed below, you park free. Getting to the French Quarter from these lodging options  can be as easy as walking, or driving 10 minutes and parking on the street. The famous streetcars will also be available to trolley you into the city for $1.25 each way.  

Below you will find hotels that offer free breakfast, outdoor swimming pools and even free popcorn popped fresh all day. Read the descriptions below, figure out what amenities are important to you, and know you're getting great value for your lodging dollar. 

Prytania Park Hotel

The European-style Prytania Park Hotel - think smallish rooms, personal friendly service and off the fray location - is an ideal choice if you want to travel around the city and explore. The 62 rooms are mostly contemporary in style, although...  Read More

Bienville House
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Although a little pricier than a few others on this list, this lovely spot offers great bennies and a location that can't be beat. An urban oasis not far from Canal, this affordable spot delivers lovely tropical rooftop terraces and a soothing...  Read More

DoubleTree by Hilton New Orleans
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Although lacking a big dose of New Orleans charm, this high rise contemporary hotel on Canal Street does deliver rock bottom prices and a stellar location. Close to Harrah's and the Convention Center, shops at RiverWalk and other river front...  Read More

Animal lovers are already hip to this no-frills hotel chain, which welcomes pets at no additional charge. La Quinta offers many extras for free, where luxury hotel chains often charge guests. Guests enjoy free hot breakfast, wireless Internet...  Read More

MOXY New Orleans Downtown French Quarter

Staying at MOXY has its perks, the first of which is location, location, location. Walk to the Smoothie King Center, Superdome, Canal Street or Convention Center no problem. A full list of amenities includes daily continental breakfast,...  Read More

Boasting beaucoup ambiance, this compound of eight restored town houses dates back to the 1700s. Place d'Armes offers 84 rooms with design features like exposed-brick walls and French country decor. Located just off Jackson Square, the French...  Read More

This Embassy Suites hotel is literally steps away from the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The establishment offers a wide range of amenities including complimentary made-to-order breakfast, newspapers and an Evening Reception (complete with...  Read More

Fairfield Inn & Suites New Orleans Downtown/French Quarter

Another hotel parked right in the middle of the New Orleans downtown on Baronne, the Fairfield Inn and Suites is a budget hotel that offers great proximity and amenities for its guests. With easy access to the St. Charles and Canal St....  Read More

Hotel 504

Hotel 504 makes the list because of its great location - within one-half mile easy walking distance of the Superdome, Harrah's and the French Quarter. Situated in the middle of the action, the this Canal Street hotel usually charges around $100...  Read More

Best Western Plus St. Christopher Hotel
Photo courtesy of BEST WESTERN PLUS St. Christopher Hotel

Located just a half-block off of many of the Mardi Gras parade routes, this charming property delivers terrific value in an historically restored setting. Rooms, many with Magazine Street views, come with two double beds, queens or a single...  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.

Beth writes about New Orleans and other destinations for outlets...  More About Beth

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