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The recent $10-million redo of this 103-suite hotel makes it a stunner of a budget property, with great French Quarter proximity. The historic hotel, built in 1910 as the Interstate Electric Company, shows off details like 13-foot ceilings in the guest rooms, exposed original brick interior walls and support beams. Like most other Fairfields, the Marriott brand delivers great value including hot breakfast and in-room microwave and mini-fridge; unlike most others, this one has a bar, 346 BLU, and jazz-themed lobby decor. Distinctions like these elevate it beyond the brand’s traditional standards.