MSY, also known as Louis Armstrong International Airport, is just 13 miles from the French Quarter in New Orleans. But the location is world's away - think suburbs vs. the historic district. If you want solid brands that offer value and cater to families and business travelers, and don't mind commuting to the action, then a hotel by the airport is a good option. The location is also a fine gateway for exploring other places in Louisiana, starting with the Northshore across Lake Ponchartrain, with its many family-friendly attractions and quaint Main Streets in villages like Mandeville and Abita Springs. Families traveling with kids may want to stay away from the Bourbon Street party fray, making an airport location ideal. Ask about pools - most of these hotels offer them. Although there are lots of chain restaurants in the Kenner area, there are local spots to, including the wonderful Fisherman's Cove for great seafood at rock bottom prices, located on Williams Boulevard. Traveling with Fido? Both the La Quinta and the Days Inn welcome your pet. Most hotels offer free shuttles to the airport, so it's your call whether you rent a car or not. Just be aware that the Jefferson Parish police don't look kindly on drinking and driving.