Charity, enjoy your trip! I'm glad you enjoyed the report and photos.
Queen of Diamonds, I stayed at two hotels, one before the cruise and one after.
The one before was the Courtyard by Marriott - Downtown/Convention Center @ Julia Street.
The one after was the Marriott @ the Convention Center.
Both hotels were very nice. The first was more of a boutique style hotel closer to the French Quarter than the second by only about two blocks while the second Marriott was right at the waterfront behind the convention center and more of a luxury high-rise style hotel.