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. 



The European-style Greek Revival 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 60 rooms are mostly contemporary in...  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 83-room hotel delivers lovely tropical rooftop terraces and a...  Read More

DoubleTree by Hilton New Orleans
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DoubleTree deserves a double take, since the budget Hilton brand recently poured $25 million into a stem to stern renovation. New rooms floor to ceiling, a freshened lobby and a much better sense of place, thanks to a slew of New Orleans artwork...  Read More

MOXY New Orleans Downtown French Quarter
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Staying at MOXY has its perks, the first of which is location, location, location. Walk to the Smoothie King Center, Superdome, French Quarter or Convention Center no problem. A full list of amenities includes keyless entry; internet TV in-room...  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



Although rates aren't rock bottom, this jazz themed hotel offers so many extras that the value skyrockets. Free parking? That alone can run $35 and up a day in many city properties. Located in the Faubourg Treme, steps from the historic French...  Read More

Best Western Plus St. Christopher Hotel
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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

The Quisby
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The Quisby isn't the hostel you remember from your backpacking days in college. Opened in 2017 in the Lower Garden District in site of the former Audubon Hotel, this sweet 60-bunker is squarely at the intersection of comfort, style and...  Read More

Fairfield Inn & Suites New Orleans Downtown/French Quarter
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The $10 million redo of this 103-suite Fairfield Inn & Suites Downtown is a stunner. Just minutes from the French Quarter, the Marriott brand delivers great value on all fronts and unlike most of its sister properties in other cities, this...  Read More


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