My husband and I only had 3 days in New Orleans and so we tried to make it count. We got some tips here on AFAR and tried to hit up all the main attractions.
We stayed at La Richelieu hotel in the French Quarter. It was really neat. It has a little pool in the courtyard and a bar. We didn't use it, but it was picturesque and could be fun for parties. The rooms have balconies and galleries, so you can get the view of the city (the picture on the red balcony above is me from the hotel room). The hotel has a fee for parking ($20, I think). Only get a car if you are planning to spend more time and are planning to venture out.
Most of the brochures will offer several ghost or vampire or voodoo tours through the city. I know it seems tacky or cheesy, but there is some history that relates to it, so I enjoyed the mystery and I willingly suspended disbelief. Hey, you have to have a little silly fun!
We took a tour with Ghoust Tours that started out of a bar in French Quarter (I forget the name, but I think it was on St. Louis Street or Avenue). It started in the evening, after dark. The bar usually offers a discount on drinks if you have the tour tickets (hence the drink in my hand in one of the pics). Hurricanes were half off. :) So we grabbed our drinks and embarked on a tour with Thomas, the best tour guide I met in a long time. Thomas rocks!!! If you do one of these, do ask for him. It's worth it. He has masters in Literature and he does research. To be continued ...