10Best New Orleans hotels: pamper yourself at these swell sleeps

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 is key. If you want to be within walking distance to everything, the French Quarter and Central Business District (CBD) is the top choice.  But in these days of ride sharing apps, cocktailing needn't be curtailed by the need to drive home.  Virtually every neighborhood in New Orleans is within a 10-15 minute drive and there are plenty of bike lanes to accommodate two-wheeled touring, an ideal way to leave the tourist track behind and dig a little deeper into the city's charms.

Being close to bus and street car stops is another way 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,

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.

The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery
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The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery on Tchoupitoulas Street in the Warehouse District of New Orleans comes by its industrial pedigree honestly. Home to Top Chef fan favorite Chef Nina Compton and her restaurant Compere Lapin, the 167-room...  Read More

The Eliza Jane
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Who knew that New Orleans was home to the first woman publisher of a major metropolitan newspaper in the United States? But it's true, Eliza Jane Nicholson published The New Orleans Daily Picayune in the late 1800s and it's her name that crowns...  Read More



This uber luxe 23-story landmark hotel in the Central Business District has long been the go-to spot for celebrities, athletes and corporate thought leaders. Still fresh off its stem to stern renovation the hotel has never looked better. Rooms...  Read More

Loews New Orleans Hotel
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This former office building in the heart of downtown has been reimagined into one of the best sleeps in town. From its West Indies--style lobby to its well appointed spacious guest rooms enriched with local artwork, the Loews makes a body feel...  Read More



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

W New Orleans - French Quarter
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The 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 products and...  Read More

The Troubadour Hotel
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Of the current gaggle of new hotels that have opened in the past year or so, The Troubadour is an 11. Cocktails and global street eats at the Monkey Board Bar on the 17th floor is just one of the reasons to check into this new hotel, part of the...  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
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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


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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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