There are a wide variety of accommodations in New Orleans, ranging from quaint guesthouses to standard city hotels (like the Sheraton and Hilton). New Orleans is not cheap, and especially during Mardi Gras even a standard hotel room can run upwards of $300 per night. New Orleans also hosts many conventions during the year, in addition to Jazz Fest in early May, and you may find that during peak times hotels demand payment in advance, as well as, reservations for the duration of the festival or convention, not just for part of it. Friends of ours were holding court at The Fairmont Hotel, which is also billed as first-class. However, in comparison to our palatial suite at the Windsor Court, the rooms were tiny, the décor bland, and the lobby was an absolute zoo.