New Orleans offers a diverse spectrum of affordable, yet chic hotels and guest houses in every neighborhood. Most prices surge during big festival weekends when two- or three-night minimums may apply. Stay flexible to save the most.
Many visitors are surprised to discover many cheap hotels in New Orleans tucked within upscale nooks of the famed Garden District.
Hotel Indigo New Orleans Garden District
You can’t beat Hotel Indigo for stylishly modern rooms at a good price point. The feel of this affordable hotel in New Orleans is bright and clean, with an impressive collection of local art adding pop and energy. Plus, large windows play up the hotel’s best feature, a picturesque position on St. Charles Avenue, mere steps from the historic trolley line stop.
The shops and restaurants of Magazine Street are within walking distance and there’s an on-site bar and bistro with outdoor terrace for afternoon cocktails.
Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, room service, fitness center, business center and meeting rooms, laundry service, multilingual staff, valet parking, toiletries by Aveda. (Pet-friendly.)
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This hostel is a solid choice for travelers less concerned with lux amenities and more focused on festive social scene and a reputable but cheap hotel in New Orleans. The lobby bar serves as a gathering spot, plus has cheap happy hour drinks, and much of the city is accessible within a few steps via the historic streetcar line.
Quad and six-up rooms feature standard bunk beds with bedside reading lights, ensuite bathroom and lockable storage space. Depending on availability, you can book co-ed, women only, or private. Couples who book early may be able to score a spacious double room. Either way, this is New Orleans, sleep can wait.
Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, 24-hour front desk, luggage storage, included breakfast, self-service laundry, and bicycle parking.
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Prytania Park Hotel
If you’re seeking Old World charm in the Garden District and don’t mind a few quirks—like loft beds reached by a spiral staircase in some rooms—Prytania Park is a unique and affordable gem. This cool but cheap hotel in New Orleans has a sublime location, and the staff is known for being dedicated and friendly.
Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, and free parking, based on availability. Breakfast is included.
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For visitors hoping to wake to the sights and sounds of the French Quarter, without spending a fortune, these historic hotels offer value and convenience.
Place d’Armes Hotel
A short walk from Jackson Square and St. Louis Cathedral, you’ll find this icon of St. Ann Street amidst a stretch of lively restaurants, shops, and galleries. Exquisite 18th and 19th century Vieux Carre architecture wraps around a magnolia-shaded courtyard at this elegant but affordable hotel in New Orleans.
Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, included breakfast, pool, concierge, and valet parking.
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This classic beauty boasts a great location in quiet corner in the heart of the Vieux Carre. Special touches at this chic but cheap hotel in New Orleans’ French Quarter include fresh fruit and water in gym, one of the largest heated swimming pools in the French Quarter, and spacious guest rooms.
Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, fitness center, pool, business center and meeting rooms, dry cleaning and laundry service, and on-site restaurant.
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Inn on Ursulines
Immerse yourself in New Orleans history at the 15-room Inn on Ursulines. Housed in one of the French Quarter’s oldest buildings, the property was once owned by famed voodoo priestess Marie Laveau. Inn on Ursulines is particularly known for its charming courtyards and comfortable rooms with details like antique wood floors. Note that this affordable hotel in New Orleans does have steep stairs and no elevator.
Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, Aveda bath products, LED TVs, and Keurig coffee makers.
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Central Business District
A new crop of hip and cheap hotels in New Orleans’ Central Business District are transforming this convention-centric area and its industrial edges into a hub for young travelers seeking nightlife and value.
The Troubadour Hotel New Orleans
A member of the Tapestry Collection by Hilton, this Joie de Vivre hotel is modern and fresh. Some rooms at this affordable hotel in New Orleans may be small, but cleanliness is a priority, as is attention to detail. And, if strong water pressure makes your heart sing, you’ll love showers here. Complimentary coffee adds to The Troubadour’s feel-good buzz.
Amenities: Free Wi-Fi. Room service. Fitness center. Laundry and dry-cleaning service. Concierge. Multilingual staff. Restaurant and bar onsite. Rooftop bar?
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Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery
There’s much to love about this sleekly-designed hotel on Tchoupitoulas Street in the Warehouse district. High ceilings and wood floors provide an expansive setting a seasonally rotating lobby art gallery. On the ground floor of this affordable New Orleans hotel, you’ll find one of the city’s hottest restaurants, Compare Lapin.
Amenities: Free Wi-Fi. Parking. Fitness Center. Restaurant and bar onsite. Concierge. Dry cleaning and laundry service. Multilingual staff. Meeting rooms. (Pet-friendly.)
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Stylishly-appointed common spaces and an artsy vibe set this affordable New Orleans hotel apart. Some of the 35 rooms are on the small side, but you would rather be sampling pisco sours in the hotel’s Piscobar or drinking in skyline views and South American wines at the Rooftop Bar. Among the room options is the Bunk Room, with its four twin beds for groups or families looking for accommodations in the heart of New Orleans.
Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, Aveda and local artisanal amenities, 32-inch flatscreen TVs, restaurant and bar, and laundry service.
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Faubourg Marigny & Bywater
For live jazz and funk music into the wee hours, cheap hotels in New Orleans, affordable and friendly eats, and overall welcoming vibe, this neighborhood is the city’s best value.
The Frenchmen Hotel
This neighborhood favorite features 27 guestrooms and boasts being just 30 steps away from over a dozen live music venues. Cozy rooms, with exposed brick walls and decorative fireplaces, open onto a leafy courtyard with a petite heated pool.
At The Frenchmen, the party is never far away with onsite happy hour events, pop up restaurants, and an ultra-cool rooftop bar. This affordable hotel in New Orleans is a hub of color and activity. Like most New Orleans hotels, prices soar during major events and festivals.
Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, included breakfast, and hot tub. Private balconies are available. (Pet-friendly.)
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– Original reporting by Jess Simpson