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$199 or less
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Chimes Bed and Breakfast
1146 Constantinople Street
Garden District
New Orleans , Louisiana
Tel: 504 899 2621
jill@chimesneworleans.com
www.chimesneworleans.com

Jill Abbyad opened this bed-and-breakfast more than two decades ago with her husband, Charles, after fleeing a corporate job in San Francisco. The couple live upstairs with their two teenage children, which gives this place an inimitable homeyness—but not at the expense of privacy. Each of the five rooms, arrayed around two quiet courtyards, has its own entrance; numbers 2 and 3 have original heart pine floors and (nonworking) fireplaces from 1876. All are cozy and cottagelike without coming off as overly precious. During breakfast (fresh French bread, cheeses, fruit, and pastries), Jill, always knowledgeable and animated, will help you plan your day, matching your particular interests with her favorite spots and outings. She can also put together a self-drive Katrina tour for interested guests. The residential Uptown location makes for a peaceful retreat: It's at the edge of the Garden District and within close walking distance of stately, mansion-lined St. Charles Avenue. Parking and WiFi are included in the room rate.

$200-$299
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Hyatt Regency New Orleans
601 Loyola Avenue
Central Business District
New Orleans , Louisiana
70113
Tel: 504 561 1234
hrno.sales@hyatt.com
neworleans.hyatt.com

When it reopened for business in late 2011, this 27-story tower was the last of the major hotels to come back after Hurricane Katrina. But it did so with a bang—a full renovation of all rooms and reimagining of the off-street entryway as a modernist concert hall, complete with grand piano. The hotel complex is both attached to and dominated by the nearby Louisiana Superdome, which fills one of the huge atrium windows and provides a self-contained world for event-minded guests. The new rooms have all the expected amenities (fluffy robes, in-room iron, iPod docking station) and a spare, modern decor that would seem more at home in downtown Houston than the Crescent City. A minimalist black-lacquered desk/minibar combo sports an Internet-enabled flat-screen TV; a matching armoire in the entryway gets paired with a faux alligator-hide dressing bench. The 32nd floor fitness center sits atop the tower, giving commanding views of the city as you clop along on the treadmill.—Pableaux Johnson

$300-$399
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International House
221 Camp Street
Central Business District
New Orleans , Louisiana
70130
Tel: 504 553 9550
reservations@ihhotel.com
www.ihhotel.com

Located in a Beaux Arts building two blocks from the French Quarter, the International House is a property that balances modernity with a sense of place. The 117 rooms team neutral color schemes with warm lighting and contemporary furnishings, yet subtle decorative details anchor the aesthetic in New Orleans: The spacious superior rooms get night lighting from a single ornate chandelier over the reading/seating area. Ample windows give a wide-screen feel to the corner rooms, but ask for a higher-floor assignment to minimize morning street noise. The split-level lobby bar, Loa, is awash in natural light during the day and romantically candlelit after sunset. Traveling hipsters and the local martini mob relax to a trip-hop soundtrack, while businessmen balance cocktails on their laptops (there's free Wi-Fi service throughout the hotel).

$300-$399
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Loft 523
523 Gravier Street
Central Business District
New Orleans , Louisiana
70130
Tel: 800 633 5770
Tel: 504 200 6523
reservations@loft523.com
www.loft523.com

An unmarked entrance hints at the speakeasy vibe of this über-contemporary 18-room gem located a couple of blocks from Canal Street. The rooms are studies in sophisticated minimalism—concrete floors, neutral color palettes, low-slung couches—with plenty of room to lounge about or surf the Web (there's free hotel-wide Wi-Fi). The spacious and well-appointed bathrooms have smooth soapstone showers, stylish soaking tubs, and Aveda toiletries. Sister hotel the International House (located a block away) has fitness facilities and provides Loft's room service, but you won't have to go far for nightlife. Crowds pack the subterranean bar/lounge, where the decidedly urbane vibe is tempered by exposed brick and a worn wooden dance floor.

$200-$299
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Renaissance Arts Hotel
700 Tchoupitoulas Street
Warehouse District
New Orleans , Louisiana
Tel: 504 613 2330
Tel: 800 431 8634
Fax: 504 613 2331
www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/msydt-renaissance-arts-hotel

The 217-room Renaissance—not your typical entry from this business-oriented chain—sums up the aspirations of the rapidly developing Warehouse District. Located in a 1910 storage depot, the hotel is filled with modern and contemporary artwork selected by Arthur Roger, a luminary on the local gallery scene. The lobby is dominated by blown-glass chandeliers from Seattle's Dale Chihuly and a haunting cast-glass wall from local artist Mitchell Gaudet, whose pieces also adorn the rooms. The enclosed atrium is a sculpture garden, with works by the late Ida Kohlmeyer and New Orleans's John Scott (whose studio was wrecked by the storm). The rooms are enlivened by modern paintings and bright candy-striped headboards. Standard kings are spacious enough to accommodate a reading chair and ottoman, plus a separate desk area with an Aeron chair—a bonus for fussy road warriors.

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Renaissance Pere Marquette
817 Common Street
Central Business District
New Orleans , Louisiana
70112
Tel: 504 525 1111
Tel: 504 525 0688
www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/msybr-renaissance-pere-marquette-hotel

The Renaissance chain weaves New Orleans's musical heritage into this 272-room reimagining of a Jazz Age high-rise, built in 1925. The lobby pulses with a clubby, modern lounge vibe dominated by primary colors, bold geometric furniture motifs, and glittering mirror mosaics. The rooms echo that contemporary feel with comfortable celadon sitting chairs and a work space complete with an Aeron chair. (What's decidedly unmodern? The lack of in-room Wi-Fi.) Health facilities include video-equipped treadmills and elliptical machines, weights, and a shallow outdoor pool, perfect for cooling off or swimming short laps, but not much more (sorry, kids). On-site dining and drinking options are stellar: MiLa restaurant (Southern-influenced New American cuisine) and Bar UnCommon (currently home to master bartender Chris McMillian) occupy the Pere Marquette's lobby floor.

$200-$299
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Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans
921 Canal Street
French Quarter
New Orleans , Louisiana
70112
Tel: 504 524 1331
Tel: 504 524 7675
www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/NewOrleans/Default.htm

Located in a Canal Street landmark—the venerable Maison Blanche department store—the Ritz brings its chain-wide style of formal luxury to the outer edge of the French Quarter. Ritz regulars will recognize both the aesthetic (hardwood floors, Oriental rugs, gilt-framed artwork) and the attention to detail (an umbrella in the closet, a necessity for this subtropical city). Ornate armoires replace the usual chest of drawers and hide the flat-screen TV. Downy duvets and mountains of decorative pillows cover luxurious, extra-thick mattresses. Marble-clad bathrooms in the Club-level rooms come stocked with Bulgari toiletries, powerful rainfall showerheads, and deep soaking tubs. Non-couples who would normally end up sharing a standard "double double" room—two double beds—will appreciate the "double king" option, a spacious layout that's just shy of a suite (in terms of price and size) but offers plenty of room for work and lounging. The on-site restaurants provide plenty of live music and swanky ambiance—legendary trumpet player Jeremy Davenport serenades diners in his eponymous bar/lounge while the M Bistro serves up standards with various levels of New Orleans influence (filet of beef with crabmeat béarnaise sauce, muffuletta panzanella, sous-vide redfish topped with crawfish etouffee).

$200-$299
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The Roosevelt New Orleans
123 Baronne Street
New Orleans , Louisiana
70112
Tel: 800 925 3673 (toll-free)
Tel: 504 648 1200
www.therooseveltneworleans.com

In a city that has more than its share of historic hotels, the Roosevelt, which originally opened in 1893, is the only New Orleans hotel that truly deserves the title of grande dame. Generations of locals have fond memories of the Christmas pageant held annually in the hotel's marble-clad lobby, and many grandparents recall learning to dance at the Blue Room nightclub or sipping their first cocktail in the Sazerac Bar. After years under the Fairmont umbrella, the 504-room hotel underwent a $145-million renovation following Hurricane Katrina and reopened in late 2009 as part of the Waldorf Astoria Collection. The updated rooms are appropriately luxe and borderline old-fashioned: In the mini suites, overstuffed couches and leather armchairs now face plasma-screen TVs, for example. Fans of a luxurious bath should be forewarned, however—the architectural footprint limits some rooms to a shower-only bathroom. On-site dining has been seriously improved with the addition of Chef John Besh's Domenica, a rustic regional Italian eatery run by his outstanding protégé Alon Shaya. The reborn Blue Room and Sazerac draw in plenty of nostalgia-seekers, as well as folks looking to create new memories in this New Orleans landmark.—Pableaux Johnson

$200-$299
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Soniat House
1133 Chartres Street
New Orleans , Louisiana
Tel: 800 544 8808
stay@soniathouse.com
www.soniathouse.com

A speck of tranquility in the French Quarter, and possibly the finest small hotel in the city. There are 33 fresh, airy rooms and suites spread throughout three meticulously restored 19th-century Creole townhouses. Each is decorated differently—and impeccably—with luxury textiles, Oriental rugs, and original 18th- and 19th-century French, Italian, and Louisianan antiques. Small, delightful details reveal themselves throughout your stay: a ceiling painted robin's-egg blue, bathroom fixtures labeled in French, a clamshell used as a soap dish. Breakfast is a basket of fresh-baked biscuits and house-made strawberry preserves, served either in your room or in the lovely tree-shaded courtyard (romantic and candlelit by night, perfect for a cocktail from the honor bar). Traveling families will have to search elsewhere: House policy excludes children under 10.

$200-$299
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Windsor Court Hotel
300 Gravier Street
Central Business District
New Orleans , Louisiana
70130
Tel: 888 596 0955 (toll-free)
Tel: 504 523 6000
resv@windsorcourthotel.com
www.windsorcourthotel.com

The much-lauded 324-room Windsor Court Hotel epitomizes New Orleans luxury while playing freely with disparate aesthetics. Completed in 1984, the Windsor Court transports design cues from Windsor Castle and other grand English country manors into a modern architectural space. Prints and paintings of equestrians and wig-wearing 18th-century nobles abound, and original oils by Reynolds and Gainsborough hang in the first- and second-floor lobbies. A traditional afternoon tea is served in the grand lobby area, and the Polo Club Lounge, with its dark wood panels and resident piano player, feels like an old-time gentlemen's club. The majority of the rooms are spacious suites with elegantly appointed sitting areas, wet bar/kitchenette amenities, and commanding views of the river or downtown.—Pableaux Johnson

$200-$299
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W New Orleans–French Quarter
316 Chartres Street
New Orleans , Louisiana
Tel: 504 581 1200
Fax: 504 523 2910
www.whotels.com/frenchquarter

The W chain's minimalist, sophisticated aesthetic works particularly well at this cozy historic property. While the lobby's anything but spacious, the well-tended courtyard feels at once romantic and urbane. (Weekend evenings, jockey for one of the intimate couches on the secluded terrace where drinks are served.) The 98 rooms feature pillow-top mattresses, duvets, and in-room CD/DVD players. Slate-tiled showers, though spacious, take the place of the bathtubs more standard in the French Quarter—historic adaptations have their limits, apparently. Upgraded carriage-house rooms are an exception, with full Jacuzzi tubs on the lower floors (the higher ones have private balconies instead). The small pool is great for cooling off, but fitness swimmers can head over to the high-rise W New Orleans, six blocks downtown, a 423-room property with exercise facilities and a larger pool (333 Poydras St.; 504-525-9444; www.whotels.com).

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