This famed historic neighborhood is the central spot for most visitors to the Big Easy. The debaucherous district — where you can walk around with a potent Hurricane drink in hand — is also loaded with famous restaurants, small museums, and cocktail bars. It may get crowded at times, but the French Quarter is most definitely worth spending time in, as it’s one of the great neighborhoods in North America.
City House Hostel is one of the most centrally located, budget-friendly accommodations in town. The bunk beds in the dorms don’t have privacy shades, but the mattresses are quite comfortable. There’s a kitchen for guests and a fun common room with foosball.
MIDRANGE: Villa Convento — Rumored to be the “House of the Rising Sun” from the famed 1960s song by the Animals, Villa Convento is steeped in history. Housed in a former convent from the 1830s, the villa has loft, balcony, and courtyard rooms, all of which are bedecked with antique furniture.
LUXURY: The Ritz-Carlton — Situated in the southwest corner of the Quarter, the Ritz-Carlton is the epitome of luxury. Rooms are decorated with the commissioned work of local artists; some have balconies overlooking the Quarter. They also feature signature robes, marble bathrooms, Asprey bathroom amenities, soundproof windows, and high ceilings.