InterContinental New Orleans Rating: 4.0 Pearls
A slate of business amenities, like an Executive Club Lounge, courier service, and on-site foreign currency exchange, make this Central Business District chain hotel popular with corporate travelers. But there's no Wi-Fi available in the generic rooms, and the business center is small. Still, the hotel's rooms are often less expensive than local competitors', and the InterContinental's place on the St. Charles line means that you'll feel the intermittent rumbling of the streetcar, a true New Orleans experience. During Mardi Gras, that proximity is priceless.
Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The Royal Sonesta is Bourbon Street's swankiest hotel, and guests can customize it to their level of party pleasure. Low-key travelers should ask for a hushed interior room deep in the property, while those who want a certain New Orleans experience can take a balcony room and watch an eclectic parade of people go by at all hours. Live jazz and a hopping pool scene add appeal for weary business people who can't wait to break out of their meetings.