Well...I just booked a room through Hotwire.com - you know, the one that makes you PAY for the room before they disclose the hotel you are staying at. They only guarantee that it will be a "four-star" hotel. I agreed to the rate of $97 per night (especially since it was Feb 7-10) and I wound up at the Hyatt Regency on Poydras. After reading almost all of the 32 or so posts concerning the Hyatt, I'm more than disappointed with HotWire. I should have used Hotels.com, paid $136 per night and would have been staying IN the French Quarter instead of 3 miles FROM the French Quarter! Not to mention the extra $30 a night for parking (and we'll have 2 cars there) that the Hyatt charges. My advice: KNOW what you're paying for..don't use HotWire.com - you're only going to get a hotel that nobody else wants to stay in. By the way, how safe would it be for 3 young (well, over 21) women to walk from the Hyatt to the French Quarter during Mardi Gras? I don't know the area very well at all and I'm hoping someone could tell me how to get back and forth from the Hyatt to the French Quarter without spending a fortune. Many thanks!