New Orleans hotels
For a city of its size, New Orleans boasts one of the most diverse hotel scenes in the country. The list of local hotels contains representatives from every major chain and a wide variety of long-standing boutique hotels and family-run B&Bs. A few high-profile properties have hit the scene in the past few years, along with the much-anticipated reopening of historic grand dames such as the newly renovated Ritz-Carlton and the landmark Roosevelt Hotel (now part of the Waldorf Astoria collection).
Hotels are most plentiful in the Central Business District (right across Canal Street from the French Quarter) and the Warehouse District (a short walk from the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center). With so many options so close to the center of town, travelers are rarely more than a short walk or taxi ride from most tourist sites. In keeping with the city's convention-driven economy, room prices can vary wildly—it just depends on who's in town and how many beds are occupied on any given night. That doesn't bode well for those seeking a cheap rate during high-profile cultural events (Mardi Gras weekend, the two weeks of Jazz Fest in springtime, Voodoo Music Fest at Halloween). But it's generally safe to assume that the city's steamy weather will make for higher rates in winter and lower ones in summer.