We just got back from our trip to NO. We stayed at the Ren Pere Marquette and did not enjoy it as much as we thought we would. That's not to say it wasn't a nice hotel, it is. We did not care for the boutique hotel, it was small and we did not feel the elegance we were looking for. The concierge lounge was probably the worst we have been in so far. Had a very limited selection of liquor and could't be bothered with lime, lemon or olives. The food selection was just as bad and included watery eggs and mushy oatmeal! The rooms were small and the beds were awful. On the plus side they did have free internet access near the coffee bar. The hotel was right on the fringe of the french quater. We had to walk a block or two off Canal street to get to the hotel and it just didn't feel like we were a part of it. We did walk through the JW and the Marriott. The JW was lovely and had the feel we would have preferred, the Marriott was also nice but had more of a convention hotel look and feel. We did take the advice of a few posters and went to the Acme Oyster house, Pascals and Cafe du Monde. All were excellent choices. The grilled oysters at Acme were to die for. Not sure if we will go back anytime soon but if we do it will be the JW for us.
JW is really cool - great gym and very good CL
The MArriott is more "in the action" exciting lobby, spacious hotel, lots of suites, ok CL and gym,
Ren PeRe MQT - I've stayed there and had an amazing suite with Ethan Allen furniture, large marble bathroom w Swiss Shower, great view.
I found the CL Lounge food selection to be pretty good, especially at night, weak on the drinks-agreed. Very cool Lobby and Hotel Restaurant. LAME gym and small, yet elegant pool)
Ren Arts - cool lobby, decent gym, and avergae Liunge - but far from FQ. rooftop pool!!
MArriott Convention CTR - Decent gym, good CL, small rooftop pool - nice rooms and funky location but again NOT in the FQ.