If you are going to New Orleans, you don't want to stay in a cookie-cutter modern hotel. Place d'Armes is steeped in history and has lots of character and characters. It is well priced, located just off Jackson Square and within walking distance of most French Quarter attractions.
Most of the staff are warm and friendly, a few more reserved. Rooms are quirky, but comfortable. The only downside - parking is expensive, but that is the norm in the FQ. We had a courtyard room with a balcony which was fine with us. Quiet at night except for the animals (or ghosts) walking across the roof.