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Splurge vs. Save: Where to Stay in Downtown New Orleans

There's a full range of prices when booking a room in New Orleans and sometimes it's a tough call. Spend money on the finest accommodations when you're too busy whooping it up around town to enjoy the room? Or pinch pennies and risk shoddy service or uh, sleeping among the roaches? Here's a look at eight downtown hotel options, from the ultra-luxe to pretty dang affordable. To keep things consistent, all prices come from the hotels' websites and reflect what it costs for one person to stay in a downtown hotel room with a king-size bed. So as not to run into any crazy spring festival pricing (hi, French Quarter Fest and Jazz Fest) or cheap summer rates, the prices are for the night of October 16, 2014.


To Save:


Place d'Armes, 625 St. Ann St. Eight historic townhomes make up this 84-room property that's smack-dab in the Quarter, stumbling distance from Jackson Square.
Rate: $122
Perks: No windows (hey, party people), a pool in the leafy green courtyard, complimentary continental breakfast, free wifi, and 24-hour concierge service.

La Quinta Inn & Suites , 301 Camp St. Located a block outside of the French Quarter in the CBD, this chain hotel has pretty solid reviews and pets are allowed.
Rate: $109
Perks: Free wifi, a rooftop pool, 24-hour fitness center, and free breakfast. All rooms have Beautyrest mattresses and flat screen TVs with 30 channels.


Prince Conti Hotel, 830 Conti St. Close to Bourbon Street (yes, some people do view that as a perk), martini guzzlers will want to take advantage of the Bombay Club, which is on the property.
Rate: $113
Perks: Free wifi, 24-hour concierge and bell services.

To splurge:


Ritz-Carlton, 921 Canal St.
Rate: $299
Perks: This 350-square-foot room has a marble bathroom, a 42-inch flat screen TV, iPod dock, evening turn down service, and complimentary overnight shoeshine service. Room service is available 24/7 and there's a fitness center, a 25,000-square-foot spa, and local jazz guy Jeremy Davenport croons in the hotel bar on weekends.


The Roosevelt Hotel, 130 Roosevelt Way
Rate: $309
Perks: The "king bed superior room" is 325-square-feet with a 42-inch flat screen TV and a 14-inch TV for those who like to watch their programs in the bathroom. Housekeeping and in-room dining are available 24 hours a day. There's a rooftop pool and bar, spa and gym on-site, plus the Sazerac Bar, Fountain Lounge, and John Besh's Domenica restaurant.


Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St.
Rate: $189
Perks: There's a rooftop pool, 24-hour fitness center, a day spa and let's get right to it, the spinning Carousel Bar.


Windsor Court Hotel, 300 Gravier St.
Rate: $355
Perks: A 400-square-foot "deluxe guest room" is either a king or two queen-size beds with an Italian marble bathroom. Free wifi and in-room coffee makers (luxury rarities, it seems) happen here. There's a rooftop pool, spa, fitness center, 24-hour room service, and the ultra-swank Grill Room and Polo Lounge are on site.

· Hotels Week 2014 coverage [Curbed NOLA]