Nola can be very expensive during event weeks, most rooms can be in the $300.00 range. I usually stay in a Timeshare for 3-4 days at a time so I don't have too much experience with their Hotels. But last December I stayed at Wyndham Garden Hotel Baronne Plaza and it is a very clean modern hotel and is priced right. But it is a couple of streets off of the French Quarter.
I live in baton rouge and go to nola frequently. It would be hard to be in the french quarter per se for that price but i would recommend the marriott or sheraton on canal street. I especially loved the hilton new orleans riverside. I usually priceline those rooms with a bid in the price range i want.
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