Price From $169
'Hood The French Quarter, one block from rowdy Bourbon Street and near other major attractions like Preservation Hall, a historic jazz venue that puts on live shows every night.
The Gist The family-run Monteleone, which celebrates its 125th birthday in 2011, has a grand literary tradition: Tennessee Williams, Ernest Hemingway, Truman Capote, and William Faulkner all frequented the rooms and bar. As with most historic hotels, it's supposedly haunted, with the spirits of former employees and guests walking the halls after dark. Online reviewers highlight more material attributes like the attentive service and ornate furnishings; fresh flowers and a 100-year-old grandfather clock adorn the lobby. The 600 rooms vary in size and style but were freshly renovated in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina damaged the roof.
Free Wi-Fi? No; available for $10 per day.
Credit Cards Accepted AmEx, MC, Visa.
Details Doubles from $169.
Thanks for Sharing Reader Charlie B. calls the Monteleone special because of details like the rotating Carousel Bar, while reader Greg Stidham, a regular guest, praises the hotel for its one-of-a-kind antiques and recommends booking a river-view room.