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Old 09-17-2012, 09:01 PM
 
Location: West Loop, Chicago, IL
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Hey everyone. I'm coming down to New Orleans for the first time in mid-October and totally pumped. I'm looking for a decent hotel to stay at and would appreciate any advice you can offer. I'm looking for:

-Somewhere b/w $125-$175 a night (three noches)
-Staying with my lady friend
-Either hotel or B&B are fine
-Won't have a car and don't mind (would actually prefer) to use the streetcars
-Definitely intend to see the following neighborhoods: French Qtr, Marigny, Uptown, Garden District, hopefully Treme as well

Any suggestions you can offer (as well as the most inexpensive/efficient route to book one) would be appreciated IMMENSELY.

Also, any hidden gems that I should see/experience?

Much Obliged!
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Old 09-17-2012, 11:45 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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I'd say you're in good shape to find a nice hotel within that price. All the things you want to see are right there next to each other, a lot within walking distance, and if not, easily accessible by streetcar or bus. You definitely won't need a car (in fact it might be more of an annoyance to have one).

As far as booking a hotel, I'd go to either hotels.com or expedia or something and just type in your search criteria. I think you'll find plenty. As I mentioned a couple days ago on someone else's thread, I've stayed in a few FQ hotels and have a couple favorites: The Chataeu Bourbon (which has changed--I believe it's the Hyatt now--not sure how it compares but it's in a great spot) and the Inn on St. Anne. Inn on St. Anne has more of a bed and breakfast feel. The room I was in was super small but nice, and the location is great...close to everything (if you walk down St. Anne to Decatur, Cafe du Monde is right there) but not totally noisy like Bourbon St. The staff is super friendly and helpful. (No, I'm not associated with the hotel, I just really liked it!) Either of those, and there are so many more choices, are around $90-$100 a night.

Don't think it's quite a "hidden gem" in my opinion it's a gem ...definitely pay a visit to Frenchmen St in the evening!
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Old 09-21-2012, 12:39 PM
 
Location: In the city
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Hotel Richelieu, Lamonthe House and The Frenchman are all safe bets within walking distance of everything you need. Richelieu usually has good deals on hotels.com.
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Old 09-22-2012, 09:50 AM
 
Location: West Loop, Chicago, IL
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Thanks Mel and Confused, both a big help! :-)
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