So people have recommended the French Quarter for staying. We are staying 3 nights- but it is quite pricey. Is it worth it to stay in the French Quarter? Or is there an area/suburb... somewhere else we could stay and drive in to save money? I guess I can afford it, but I want it to be worth it. I have to consider the hotel and the parking- for 3 nights- which is around $200-$300 a night plus the parking (around 30). Does anyone say that we need to stay in town for the full experience? We probably will not be back.. we like to try new areas. So if to get the full feel and to walk everywhere and stay in a "local" hotel, then I am willing to pay. If I am going to stay in a Hilton, with $30 bucks a day, when I could stay about 15 mins away at a hampton/hilton etc with free parking and then drive into the city everyday and pay to park for the day.. that might be worth it. We will have dogs with us.. so the ease of getting to the hotel to let them out, bring them with us sometimes, but not all the time, is something to consider as well.
What does everyone think?