InterContinental New Orleans Rating: 4.0 Pearls
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. A heated rooftop pool is especially popular with the kiddies, and pets are allowed, so the whole family can join.
Bienville House Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Straddling two busy French Quarter streets, the historic Bienville House is as an urban oasis, with tropical rooftop terraces and a soothing courtyard. This boutique hotel has fewer than 100 rooms, a parlor-like lobby and friendly touches, such as free lemonade and cookies in the afternoon. High ceilings make the rooms feel spacious, but the decor is unremarkable, and Standard Rooms lack windows. Still, with its free breakfast, salt water pool, and free afternoon snacks, this is definitely a possible option for the family.