My wife and I visited New Orleans in June 2014. We stayed at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel right in the heart of the French Quarter, corner of Bourbon Street and Orleans. Very updated hotel with a friendly staff. The rooms were nicely decorated and clean. The bar section next to the lobby opens up on Bourbon Street, so when we were tired of walking around we found it fun to have a drink and watch the people walk by the window.
Oh, the hotel is haunted! We were not lucky enough to experience any spirits that did not come from a bottle, but we were open to a visit. It was so easy to walk to all the popular places. Every morning we walked 2 blocks to the Café Du Monde next to the French Market to get our beignet and coffee for breakfast.
New Orleans is a place for great food, people watching, and terrific jazz.