Everything depends on your goals. We like to experience the small hotels nestled in the French Quarter. Our last stay was at the Hotel Ste. Helene which is only two blocks from Jackson Square and close to Bourbon Street. You will enter through a charming courtyard, lush greenery and feel the history that surrounds you. Antique furniture in the 19th century rooms add to the special feel of the hotel. Then, a renovated bathroom that has everything, whirlpool tub, glass shower, and new fixtures will surprise you. The balcony rooms are also wonderful. Emerl's NOLA restaurant is across the street. There are other hotels like it in the general area so do a search.
The Bourbon Orleans is another you may think about.It will put you in a beautiful suite in the French Quarter on the corner of Bourbon and Orleans with an up stairs balcony for $100- $130.The St Louis Cathedral is on Orleans only a block away from this gem.Hope this helps.
I just got back from a cruise out of NOLA on the Fantasy (Sept. 19th).
Stayed at Country Inn and Suites on Magazine Street for only $46/night!
The hotel was awesome and close to everything I wanted to see. I'm
going again December and would stay there again.
I stayed at the Sheraton on Canal St. Just a short walk to Bourbon St. We were on the 19th floor with floor to ceiling window and a very nice view.
Although I didn't stay there, the Montelone hotel was beautiful. They have a bar that looks like a carousel and goes around in circles( my sister got sick sitting at it )
Don't forget to go to Pat O'Brien's for hurricanes! We ate at a really nice buffet style restaurant called The Court of Two Sisters where you eat in a beautiful court yard with fountains and a dixie land band playing. I would recommend it.
For breakfast go to Cafe Du Monde for beignets( Us Italians call them zeppolis)
As far as hotels, I have only stayed at the Sheraton. Nice hotel, Good location.
Carnival Victory, 2003
Carnival Victory, 2004
RCI Explorer of the Seas, 2009
RCI Explorer of the Seas, January 2010
I'm at Drury. Probably better deals if you dont need to park a car. Drury is popular because of their free happy hour (I think Iv read they actually just give each person 3 drink coupons) and snacks are served, 1 hour of long distance, large rooms and a good breakfast.
Hotwire has some good deals in New Orleans, just pick your stars and area and go to betterbidding site to see which hotel it matches up to.