I generally stay in the area of Bourbon Street but this time around I wasn't able to snag a reasonably priced room there. I managed to get three nights at the New Orleans Courtyard Hotel on Rampart and was very pleasantly surprised. It is located within a few minute walk from the central French Quarter, but in a considerably less-noisy location. The staff were fantastic and the room was very large and clean. The building has a very interesting story and it would be worth chatting with some of the desk personnel about it's background. Overall, a great place to stay!