12 Places To Rest Your Head In The Big Easy

6.3.2013

By Out.com Editors

Get a feel for New Orleans' hotel scene.

Pictured: A room at the W New Orleans-French Quarter

7. LaFitte Guest House: Another hotel built on history, the LaFitte Guest House is housed an 1849 mansion originally constructed for the sprawling Gelieses family and includes 14-private, antique-decorated suits for guests hoping to get a feel for what it was like to live in new Orleans in the 19th Century while still enjoying 21st Century amenities and elegance in the city's iconic French Quarter. (The less ornate rooms can be had for about $140/night during the week.)

8. The Frenchmen Hotel: Budget-conscious travelers will definitely want to check out The Frenchmen Hotel in the quiet Faubourg Marigny district. Built around a small courtyard and pool, the charming rooms feature exposed brick, floor-to-ceiling windows and enchanting antiques. The better suits even have private balconies. Free continental breakfast only sweetens the deal. (One of the better deals in town, you can get a room for about $79/night on weekends during off-peak season. They go for about $250/night during peak season.)

9. W New Orleans-French Quarter: The hip W franchise puts it trademark contemporary spin on New Orleans chic (pictured above). Bold graphics and sleek, geometric shapes dominate many of the rooms, while the more luxurious accommodations come with private hot tubs. Their onsite restaurant, Zoe, celebrates the city's culinary amalgamations through truly inventive southern fusion dishes, including a very popular blackened redfish po'boy and sensational gumbo, while the bartenders at Whiskey Blue will keep you well lubricated for the night's adventures. (Rooms start at about $200/night.)

10. Elsyian Fields Inn: A bed and breakfast that's particularly popular among LGBT travelers, this 1860s Greek Revival mansion features eight guest rooms and one suite, all of which have remarkably high ceilings and a homey, bed-and-breakfast feel. There are no frills and no luxury at the Elsyian Fields Inn, but that's part of its unpretentious appeal, and wy it remains a great choice for those watching their wallets. Plus, it's within walking distance from the French Quarter, so you won't miss out on any of the city's action. (Rooms start at about $150/night.)

11. 1896 O'Malley House: Another bed-and-breakfast steeped in history, the gay-friendly 1896 O'Malley House features the standard amenities and details — continental breakfast, frilly curtains, antique tchotchkes, but the common space also comes with a piano, a detail that could prove instrumental to creating a memorable night with fellow guests. The courtyard's fountain also adds the right note to a relaxing night in, tucked away from the hustle and bustle outside and losing yourself in conversation. (Rooms start at $125/night.)

12. Hotel Indigo: A reliable go-to for those looking for an upscale, modern base camp while in New Orleans, the Hotel Indigo offers guests a comfortable stay away in the relaxed, peaceful Garden District that's only minutes to the French Quarter by streetcar, should your heart desire. One of the most popular packages is their ghost tours, something anyone who's never visited macabre New Orleans should check out. (Rooms in peak season go for about $199/night, depending on availability.)

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