According to the website, a new Marriott hotel will be opening in the French Quarter. The Courtyard New Orleans Downtown/Iberville is due to open in September 2012. I tried to make a reservation, but was not able to.
This hotel is now open and the pictures are gorgeous. Thinking about staying there before a mid-morning flight (when we don't have to be at the airport at 5 A.M.). We can get an AAA rate of $85 with an additional $38 parking charge. I'll have to think about that.
I'm looking for cheaper parking nearby, but most parking lots are $20+in the French Quarter. The New Orleans Bowl is the day before and Saturday night is more expensive so I'm not sure yet what we will do, but I'll do a review if we stay there.