921 Canal St., ritzcarlton.com. Rooms start at $239.
Who’s it for? Believe it or not, savvy travelers looking for a deal. Rates in summer can dip into the $150 range. The grande dame on Canal is just blocks from the French Quarter.
Why stay here? To experience reinvention at a classic hotel. Try the restaurant redo, M Bistro, by Dublin-born chef Matt Murphy. What doesn’t change? The same aah-worthy beds.
The drawbacks. Added fees: $36/day for parking, $12.95/day for Internet. For a true hotel pool, guests must walk two blocks to the JW Marriott or Marriott International.