The Bienville House was recommended to us by people that lived in New Orleans. The hotel is quaint and the location is perfect. We were close enough to Bourbon Street to walk but not so close that we felt that we could never sleep! I ran every morning along the river front which as easy to get to from this hotel. We opted for a room without a balcony or view but our room was much more spacious than our friend's room with the balcony/view. We highly recommend taking the Katrina tour which was actually more of a NOLA history tour.