*Best Moderately Priced Lodging: In general, you’ll get the biggest bang in the off-season (including the heat of summer), when even luxury properties feature enticingly lower rates. In the CBD, the Drury Inn (p. ###) is surprisingly reasonable and an easy hop to the Quarter. , same goes for the spiffily redone Fairfield Inn & Suites. In the B&B category, the Chimes, a delightful family-owned guesthouse in the Garden District, has generated legions of loyal return guests.
* Best Luxury Hotel: At the intimate Audubon Cottages, the luxury commences when your 24-hour butler greets you at the private, unmarked entrance. For sheer opulence, attention to your every need, and vast expanses of room, our vote goes to the Windsor Court. A Club Level suite, of course.
*Best Service: All those in the “Luxury” category above excel in the service category. We’re also continually impressed by the attentive Loews. Of the more modest accommodations, the folks at Uptown’s Maison Perrier make you feel at home, as do the congenal staff at Maison de Macarty in the Bywater.
*Most Romantic: Romance is wherever you make it, but Ashtons encourages long, languid mornings. The Saint, particularly its outlandish, fiery Lucifer Suite, was made for misbehavior (931 Canal St.; www.thesainthotelneworleans.com). No one will find you in the secluded Audubon Suites and the European vibe at the intimate Hotel Mazarin (p.333) inspires pillow talk.
*Best for Families: It’s not fancy, but we like the Homewood Suites for the spacious two-room suites, location, and freebie meals. The Richelieu offers easy comfort, top notch service, and a swimming pool.
*Best Faaaabulous B&B: A lot of B&Bs are crammed with over-the-top antiques, but at the Antebellum, they all come with a story. We love the tawdry over-the-topness, hidden hot tub and actual bordello bed.
*Best for Hipness: The Ace is the place du jour, for sure, and we like the sexy, comfy worn-leather steampunk vibe at the newly renovated Q&C. The Renaissance Arts gets points for the high quotient of film crews lodging there. The stealthy Catahoula is giving them all a run for their money. So money, baby. New in 2017, the high style Troubadour offers a see-and-be-seen scene at its rooftop bar.
*Best Funky Little Spot: We’re fond of the sweetly oddball quirky B&W Courtyards a Marigny gem, the Frenchmen-adjacent Royal Street Inn, and the hodge-podgey but well-located ex-brothel now called the Dauphine Orleans.
*Best Hidden Gem: Just beyond the French Quarter and veiled behind high walls is an enchanting cluster of old plantation buildings in the Tremé, the stunning Jazz Quarters Bed & Breakfast. The Claiborne Mansion’s superb suites and splendid pool are a serene oasis a block from the Frenchmen Street mayhem.
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