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 bankroll 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 pocket to be sure you have a big Nola time.

A budget sleep in and around New Orleans usually 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 $40 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.  And ride shares are ideal if cocktaiing is planned. 

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 neighborhood location, is an ideal choice if you want to travel around the city and explore. The 60 rooms are mostly contemporary in style, although there are some with a more traditional New Orleans vibe. The location in the happening lower Garden District is just a short walk from the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line and only one mile from the French Quarter. Hotel amenities include free Wi-Fi, continental breakfast, parking, 24-hour front desk, tour assistance and snacks and coffee in the lobby. There isn't a bar onsite, but you're within a stroll of several bars and eateries. Rates during the week can dip as low as $69.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Small, clean and comfortable, this charming hotel offers solid value out of the French Quarter.

Read more about Prytania Park Hotel →

French Quarter
Bienville House
Photo courtesy of Bienville House

Although a little pricier than a few others on this list, this lovely spot offers great bennies and a location that can't be beaten. An urban oasis not far from Canal, this affordable 80-room hotel delivers lovely tropical rooftop terraces and a soothing courtyard. The lobby feels more like a well-appointed parlor, and the service is friendly and competent. High ceilings make the rooms feel spacious, but ask about windows as some of the standard rooms lack natural light. Pet friendly, but be aware that the Bienville House charges a non-refundable fee for the critters. The hotel faces Decatur and a world of shopping if you're so inclined.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Centrally located with charming decor, this hotel dishes extras for an average of $126 per night for interior rooms, depending on the date and season.

Read more about Bienville House →

DoubleTree by Hilton New Orleans
Photo courtesy of DoubleTree by Hilton New Orleans

DoubleTree deserves a double-take since the budget Hilton brand 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 in the rooms and common spaces gives this property much-needed elan. Location is a plus. The 367-room high rise on Canal Street is close to Harrah's and the Convention Center, outlet shops at RiverWalk and riverfront attractions, with select rooms offering Mississippi River views. There's an outdoor pool on the fourth-floor terrace and fully-equipped fitness center, along with a respectable amount of flexible meeting space if you're doing business. There is a casual cafe and a bar in the lobby. For breakfast on the run, visit the locally owned PJ's Coffee on the ground level.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Close to family attractions as well as all things in the French Quarter, this hotel delivers the goods.

Read more about DoubleTree by Hilton New Orleans →

MOXY New Orleans Downtown French Quarter
Photo courtesy of Moxy New Orleans

Staying at MOXY has its perks, the first of which is a super 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 loaded with streaming services; abundant power and USB outlets; and furiously fast and free Wi-Fi. The 108 spacious guestrooms go for an industrial-chic look with polished concrete floors, exposed concrete columns, and open ceilings. There is a grab-and-go F&B option 24/7 in the lobby. Relatively inexpensive garage parking is available across the street. Hint: the always popular Domenica is located literally steps away. Be sure to check it out during it's daily 3-6 pm happy hour.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Tons to do within walking distance of this wonderful location.

Read more about MOXY New Orleans Downtown French Quarter →

Boasting beaucoup ambiance, this compound of eight restored townhouses 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 Quarter is your neighborhood. Rooms offer the usual extras along with a complimentary basic continental breakfast, valet parking (for a fee), 24-hour security, a courtyard and swimming pool and an on-site tour desk. Interior rooms can be as low as $89 during the week when rates are at their cheapest. Service is friendly and offered 24 hours, which can be a plus in this city that never sleeps.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: As for a room without a view if you want to get the best deal at this French Quarter hotel.

Read more about Place d'Armes Hotel →

This Embassy Suites hotel is literally steps away from the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and offers a wide range of amenities including complimentary breakfast, WiFi and an evening reception complete with drinks and snacks. There's an onsite Julia Street bar and restaurant. There is an outdoor swimming pool and fitness center. The 24-hour business center is great for fine-tuning business presentations. The hotel is super clean, and 100 percent non-smoking. All rooms are two-room suites, with a bedroom and living room area and adequate workspace on a well-lit desk/office area.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Lots of elbow room and plenty of amenities make this trusted brand a good choice.

Read more about Embassy Suites Hotel New Orleans →

Although rates aren't rock bottom, this jazz-themed hotel offers so many extras that the value skyrockets. Ideal for groups and families traveling together, the cottages can sleep as many as 10 guests. There's free parking, which saves up to $40 a day off most hotels. Located in the Treme, steps from the historic French Quarter and Louis Armstrong Park this Creole-style hotel offers the best of New Orleans travel: accommodations in iconic Creole cottages and suites, the modern amenities of a hotel, and the charm and scale of a neighborhood bed and breakfast. Local art adds to the charm.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Location, location, location makes this hotel ideal for travelers splitting the bill.

Read more about New Orleans Jazz Quarters →

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 a historically restored setting. Rooms, many with Magazine Street views, come with two double beds, queens or a single king. Extras include free wifi, a complimentary hot continental breakfast, in-room fridge and more. This is a pet-friendly hotel in case you've brought Fido along. The CBD location is close to the French Quarter, streetcar line to the Garden District and popular attractions like the Aquarium. A good choice for value, this architecturally interesting family-oriented hotel is less than a mile from the Superdome.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: You can even bring your furry friend - pet rate is $30 per each night of your stay.

Read more about Best Western Plus St. Christopher Hotel →

The Quisby
Photo courtesy of The Quisby

The Quisby isn't the hostel you remember from your backpacking days in college. Opened in the Lower Garden District in what was the former Audubon Hotel, this sweet 60-bunker is squarely at the intersection of comfort, style and affordability. An upgrade from the usual no-frills hostel scene, The Quisby spotlights local art, a social bar scene and great common areas for hanging out. Rates vary by date, season and festival time, but rates for a shared room can start in the low $20s, and a private double starting at $80 per room. All rooms feature ensuite bathrooms, comfy memory foam mattresses, bedside reading lamps and outlets, air conditioning, high speed wifi, and a collection of pulpy sci-fi and adventure paperback books and vintage magnets from all over the world. Additional amenities include free breakfast,luggage storage and bicycle parking. Combine the welcoming vibe with the killer location on St. Charles Avenue and The Quisby is the perfect place to lay your head in New Orleans without spending a bundle.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: This spiffy hostel ups the game of room sharing in a big way.

Read more about The Quisby →

Fairfield Inn & Suites New Orleans Downtown/French Quarter
Photo courtesy of Fairfield Inn & Suites New Orleans

A 2019 $10 million redo turned this seven floor, 103-suite Fairfield Inn & Suites Downtown into a stunner. Just minutes from the French Quarter, the Marriott brand delivers great value on all fronts. The historic hotel, built in 1910 as the Interstate Electric Company, counts impressive details including 13-foot ceilings in the guest rooms, exposed original brick interior walls and support beams and a jazz-themed lobby decor. These amenities, along with a stellar location, elevate the hotel beyond the traditional Fairfield footprint. The location is ideal for fans attending a concert or game at the Dome or Smoothie King Center. Parking is a relative bargain for a downtown hotel at $34.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: This hotel works well for both the business and the leisure traveler.

Read more about Fairfield Inn & Suites New Orleans Downtown/French Quarter →


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