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 will get you to where you want to be without needing transportation. If your trip is designed for brunching on Magazine Street and window shopping, you should start looking for your lodging in the Garden District or Uptown, perhaps by beautiful Audubon Park.
Most New Orleans visitors prefer not to rent a car and have to deal with street parking or driving after an evening of libations. Making sure your hotel is in walking distance to where you want to be. Being close to street car stops will help you branch out 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, an ideal way to leave the tourist track behind and dig a little deeper into the city's charms.
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.