I have just returned from New Orleans, where I had a wonderful time. A lot of expectations weren't fulfilled such as safety concerns or disappointing accomodation.
St. Vincent's Guesthouse is a very basic accomodation, which I would probably not recommend to a good friend, but rooms are basically clean and simple-furnished. The surroundings are not that bad and safe for sure. I often walked from St. Charles Ave. to Magazine Street and no problems at all. I could even see some expensive cars parked at the streets.
New Orleans deeply impressed me, although I faced some downsides such as very bad streets and sidewalks, sloppy service without any smiling in restaurants (I got the wrong dishes twice) and lack of good malls.
The weather sometimes wasn't almost sustainable, the humidity extreme to handle.
The tour to the Swamps and Oak Alley Plantation was fantastic.
Concluding, I had a real wonderful time there although the English spoken is often not understandable.
I also realised that the South is different in many ways! :-)