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Old 03-22-2008, 08:44 AM
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I am not sure this is the right forum for this kind of question. If it is not, I apologize. It it is, here is the deal: I will be for a weekend with my girlfriend in NO and I am looking for a cheap and nice hotel as close to downtown as possible. Do someone have any idea or recommendation?

Thanks a lot!

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Old 03-22-2008, 02:06 PM
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I stayed @ the Royal St.Charles once and it was like $69 a night and awesome.
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Old 03-27-2008, 09:50 AM
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Off the top of my head you might consider-
The Monteleone
Le Richelieu
St. Peter's House
Soniat House

There are some with swimming pools in the courtyard but can't think of them

"Historic building" often means tiny rooms and unexpected floorplans, but that shouldnt bother you I hope

These above are in/right near the FQ and the Marigny. There are great places uptown near the universities too. But the old part of the city is small enough that you can get anywhere quickly.

You might map out your itinerary first, then check reviews (and histories!) of the hotels most convenient to where you'll be. There are dozens and dozens and DOZENS of inexpensive uniquely New Orleanian places to stay in every corner of town with charm and flavor rolling out their doors. This is the last city you'd want to park yourself in some sterile corporate chain. Good luck and HAVE FUN!
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Old 03-28-2008, 08:51 AM
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I prefer the French Quarter and like to stay in the center of that. There are nice hotels on Canal Street which would get you closer to the street cars to Uptown, but now there are street cars along the Miss. River and then you connect at Canal.

I've stayed at the Soniat house- didn't like it, thought it was overpriced. The suites there are FINE, but really expensive, so you are usually stuck with a crummy room in the attic. And we were paying like $200 per night for that! So either go all out there or don't stay there.

Also St. Peter's Hotel- let's just say my husband didn't like the location. It's to the back of the Quarter after Bourbon Street. Or the hotel, but it was really cheap. It had antiques plus beautiful french doors that didn't seem to lock very well. We were off the courtyard so I didn't feel safe. But I think if you can get the better rooms in the main house, it would be good. The owner of this hotel has some others that I think are nicer elsewhere. We stayed here before Katrina; maybe things have changed.

One of my favorites is the Provinciale Hotel, entrance on Chartres and then you can also pop out other end onto Decatur right at the French Market! They have a website you can google. I've made reservations on it and never a problem. Make sure you get a room in the townhouse type area, because one part is a 5 story large building. It's fine, but I like the French Quarter feel more. They have a large variety of rooms- go for the suite, it should be an amazing value.

We also stay at the Wyndham Bourbon Orleans which is right behind the St. Louis Cathedral. This is a great location. Right by Bourbon Street, too. I love how the lobby looks, and we seem to get good prices. Summer is always very cheap, and we got a rate of $79 per night. They have a really elegant breakfast but also cheaper options in lobby. We stay here with the kids.

Royal Sonesta is good, too but right on Bourbon. It's very nice, European type hotel. They run good specials often like the Wyndham,but it's slightly more expensive. I like to stay here without kids because the main entrance is on Bourbon St. They have a really pretty lobby and a beautiful courtyard area. Rooms are nicely decorated.
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