Hello! I've been to New Orleans several times now, the last time in August 2012 - and I don't regret going in August, but we're looking at early January (post Sugar Bowl, pre-Carnival) for our next trip! Our usual hotel, The W over by the warehouse district/casino kind of let us down last time so we're looking for something new and thinking about staying in the FQ proper for the first time. Based on Trip Advisor reviews and recommendations from friends we have it narrowed down to either the Hotel Monteleone or Hotel Provincial. Both average out to about $700 total for the dates we're looking for. We might try renting a car this time too, and exploring a bit farther out, so parking may be a factor.
We're not going to New Orleans to hang out in the hotel, but are looking for something clean and comfortable and not <i>too</i> loud. And advice is greatly appreciated!