Perched on the Mississippi River, near the Gulf of Mexico, New Orleans is a veritable melange of sights, sounds and sensations. Famed for its iconic Marde Gras, it attracts huge numbers of visitors every year keen to immerse themselves in everything that the legendary city has to offer.
Needless to say, New Orleans is jam-packed with accommodation options to suit every taste and budget. If you’re travelling here with shallow pockets then we’ve compiled a list of 10 of the best affordable places to stay, both in the city’s central districts and in its surrounding suburbs.
From $73/ night
Situated on New Orlean’s vibrant Bourbon Street close to the French Quarter, this 3-star hotel is made distinctive by its rionwork, chandeliers and lavish bedding in all guest rooms. There’s also free WiFi, balcony views on all floors, daily maid service, cable TV and ironing facilities. Some rooms also come with a refrigerator and either street or courtyard views. Notable nearby attractions include the New Orleans Museum of Art.
From $106/ night
Located in the heart of the French Quarter, Place D’Armes is set within a historic building that’s full of character, exemplified in the exposed brick work in guest rooms. All rooms are also equipped with a TV, comfy seating area and free toiletries, and there’s also free WiFi in all areas. Within easy reach of the hotel are Saint Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square, both a quick walk away.
From $163/ night
For those seeking truly unique accommodation in New Orleans, this French Landmark House certainly fit the bill. Positively brimming with character, the hotel building was once used as a studio
by French Impressionist Master Edgar Degas who created 18 paintings and several other works here. It features 9 intimate rooms and suites, each themed around the personality of the specific Degas family member who once occupied it. Tours of the house by the artist’s Great grandnieces are included in the booking price. Other notable services and amenities include free off street parking and a soon-to-be added on-site restaurant and coffee shop. The hotel also hosts regularly weddings and other special events.
From $89/ night
Another quintessentially charmign New Orleans inn, Madame Isabelle’s is a friendly, affordable accommodation option close to the city’s famed French Market. Amenities include a shared kitchen, daily continental breakfasts, and free WiFi. Guest rooms are equipped with a TV, with some also having a comfy seating area. Other notable nearby attractions include St Louis Cathedral and Washington Square.
From $89/ night
If you’re seeking a more contemporary place to stay that won’t break the bank, this funky boutique hotel is situated in the heart of the buzzing French Quarter District and boasts a distinctly hipster-ish décor, complete with exposed brick walls and quirky local artwork. Rooms come with a TV, telephone, and a private bathroom. As the name suggests, there’s also a stylish on-site bar, as well as a state-of-the-art fitness centre, a tour desk and concierge services. There are a huge number of bars, restaurants and other entertainment venues on the hotel’s doorstep.
From $89/ night
Close to the offbeat Marigny district, known for its Cajun bistros, bohemian bars and jazz clubs, this charming B&B can be found. Notable features include a shared parlor room featuring stylish French doors that open out to a large communal balcony (hence the name). There’s also an Indian-oriented restaurant located below and an on-site laundrette. All guest rooms come with a TV, fridge and microwave, plus a private balcony and bathroom. Historic Jackson Square is easily reachable on foot.
From $120/ night
Situated in Historic Fauborg Marigny, adjacent to the French Quarter, this well positioned B&B offers an idyllic combination of a tranquil setting complete with verdant gardens, pool and patio area, with close proximity to the city’s main entertainment spots. There’s free WiFi in all areas, spa and wellness facilities and a communal hot tub, while all guest rooms have air conditioning and a flat-screen TV. The expansive public space of Washington Square is a quick walk away.
From $56/ night
Housed in a colourful blue painted building a couple of miles from New Orleans’ Historic French Quarter, this 3-star hotel combines affordable rates with plenty of character and charm. The interior has been decked out with a number of antiques, though more contemporary offerings such as WiFi, cable TV in all guest rooms, and a vending machine selling snacks and beverages haven’t been forgotten. For those arriving in car, there’s free street parking directly outside. The historic Washington Square city square is just a few minutes’ walk away
From $122/ night
Situated in New Orleans’ attractive Garden District, with its oak-shaded streets and mix of single-story cottages and grand historic mansions, this historic hotel offers plenty of respite from the hubbub of the city’s central districts while also providing easy access to its most popular attractions. Hearty continental breakfasts are served up every morning and there’s also free on-site parking. Guest rooms have a flat-screen TV, a fridge, a coffee-maker, and stylish hardwood flooring. For culture vultures, the Ogden Museum-Southern Art is 10 minutes away on foot.
From $58/ night
If you’re looking for an budget hotel in New Orleans, then you’ll struggle to find one with better amenities than the 2-star Super 8. Among them are an on-site fitness centre, an outdoor pool, continental breakfasts served every morning, and free on-site parking. As for the guest rooms, they are impressively spacious for such an affordable hotel and come with a TV, free WiFi, a coffee-maker and a mini refrigerator. The French Quarter is around 15 minutes away by road.