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photo of a smiling young woman Hotels recommended are mostly based on hearsay since I haven't stayed at many myself.

French Quarter:

Ritz-Carlton - a beautiful hotel
921 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 524-1331
http://www.ritzcarlton.com

Maison Orleans Hotel, "boutique" branch of the Ritz Carlton - this may be the best hotel option in town but it won't be cheap.
904 Rue Iberville, New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 670-2900
http://www.tripadvisor.com/ Hotel_Review-g60864-d239900-Reviews-Maison_Orleans-

W Hotel
The French Quarter version is well located in a very old building that W has made feel quite contemporary. Small enough that you know you aren't in a mega-convention hotel.
316 Charters, New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 581-1200
http://www.starwoodhotels.com/whotels/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=97508

Chateau Sonesta - Only a few years old but built into an old building, huge rooms, I stayed here when it was just opened and enjoyed it very much.
800 Iberville Street, New Orleans, LA
504-586-0800, 800-766-3782
http://www.sonesta.com/chateauneworleans

Very small / bed & breakfast type:

Claiborne Mansion - (in the Faubourg Marigny) In a fun and funky neighborhood next to the French Quarter, looks great from the outside but I've never been inside.
2111 Dauphine St. New Orleans
504-949-7327
http://www.claibornemansion.com
Cornstalk Hotel - beautiful old home with antiques, never been inside, great location, one of the more famous places to stay.
918 Royal Street, New Orleans
504-523-1515
http://www.cornstalkhotel.com

Nine-O-Five Royal Hotel - next to the Cornstalk, very similar to that.
905 Royal Street, New Orleans
504-523-0219
http://www.905royalhotel.com

Maison de Ville Hotel - slightly larger, less "antique-y," some rooms are two floors.
727 Toulouse Street, New Orleans
504-561-5858
http://www.maisondeville.com

Small-medium sized / classic French Quarter hotels (50-150 rooms):

Bienville House Hotel - super location, recently renovated.
320 Decatur Street
504-529-2345
http://www.bienvillehouse.com

Dauphine Orleans Hotel - used to be a favorite of my parents, still looks very nice.
415 Dauphine Street
504-586-1800 / 800-527-7111
http://www.DauphineOrleans.com

Maison Dupuy Hotel - friends of mine were married here, very nice.
1001 Toulouse Street, New Orleans
504-586-8000
http://www.MaisonDupuy.com

Prince Conti Hotel - two "sister" hotels in the Quarter are Hotel St. Marie and Place d'Armes.
which also seem very nice
830 Conti Street
800-366-2743
http://www.princecontihotel.com

Big hotels in or very near the French Quarter (over 150 rooms):

Wyndham Hotel - high-rise looking over the Mississippi River, pool on the roof, convenient to almost everything. (FYI-there is another Wyndham here across from the Convention Center which is NOT in the Quarter.)
610 Poydras Street (in Canal Place), New Orleans
(504) 581-4222
http://www.wyndham.com

W Hotel - This W is Downtown rather than in the Quarter, is much bigger and more contemporary.
333 Poydras Street, New Orleans
(504) 525-9444
http://www.starwoodhotels.com/whotels/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=2030

Downtown:

Wyndham Hotel - high-rise looking over the Mississippi River, pool on the roof, convenient to almost everything.
610 Poydras Street (in Canal Place), New Orleans
(504) 581-4222
http://www.wyndham.com

International House - "the" hip hotel these days, friends have stayed here and thought it was great, the rooms I've seen are unique and very nice. Two short blocks to the French Quarter.
221 Camp Street New Orleans
504 553 9550
http://www.ihhotel.com

Queen & Crescent Hotel - across the street from the International House, a little less cool but looks beautiful.
344 Camp Street, New Orleans
800-265-1856
http://www.neworleansboutiquehotels.com/queencrescent

Hilton - was a Hotel Monaco until Hilton recently took it over. A boutique hotel that is next to one of my favorite restaurants: Lüke.
333 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans
504-524-8890
http://www.hhneworleansstcharles.com

Warehouse District:

Hampton Inn & Suites
1201 Convention Center Boulevard New Orleans
866-311-1200
http://www.neworleanshamptoninns.com/conventioncenter.html

Metairie (near our office):

New Orleans Marriott, Metairie at Lakeway
3838 North Causeway Boulevard
504-836-5253
http://www.neworleanslakesidehotel.com/

Courtyard New Orleans Metairie
Two Galleria Blvd.
504-838-3800
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/msycm-courtyard-new-orleans-metairie

Sheraton Metairie - New Orleans Hotel
Four Galleria Blvd.
504- 837-6707
http://www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1798

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