The Best Budget Hotels and Hostels in Mid-City, New Orleans

New Orleans’s Mid-City neighborhood has several budget-friendly places to stay
New Orleans’s Mid-City neighborhood has several budget-friendly places to stay | © Jon Arnold Images Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo
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12 November 2020

Home to a number of city landmarks, the Mid-City neighborhood of New Orleans is on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s intersected by the historic Canal Streetcar line, which means it’s easy to get to the city’s main attractions. The area also offers some great budget-friendly accommodation options – from B&Bs to hostels. Here is our pick of the best.

The Quisby

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The Quisby is a hip hostel with simple rooms and a buzzy atmosphere, making it a great place to stay on the cheap. Technically it’s outside the Mid-City area, but it’s still within walking distance of the best bars and restaurants in New Orleans, such as Barrel Proof and the Green Fork. There’s a 24/7 on-site bar called Quartz for late-night beers, and during Mardi Gras, the parade passes right by the front door, so book here for the best seat in the city.


1896 O’Malley House

Bed and Breakfast, Garden Hotel
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Among the top bed and breakfasts in New Orleans, 1896 O’Malley is an elegant Mid-City stay set in a restored colonial revival home a short walk from two streetcar lines. The individually decorated rooms and suites come with hot tub (in selected rooms), fireplace, four-poster bed, TV and high-speed internet. There’s a lush Italian-style courtyard adorned with a gorgeous fountain and eccentric patio decorations to hang out in, and home-made breakfast, snacks and drinks are all on the house. Nearby attractions include the New Orleans Museum of Art and the New Orleans Botanical Garden, both of which are in City Park.

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  • India House Hostel

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    The India House Hostel has a bohemian feel, so this is where to come if you want to let the good times roll. A former Victorian home, it offers mixed and single-sex dorms, as well as private ensuite rooms. There’s a courtyard pool, barbecue grills, picnic tables and a stage for live music to entertain you, as well as 24/7 guest kitchen, free wifi access and a comfortable lounge area with cable TV. Access-wise, it’s on the Canal Streetcar line, so you’re mere minutes from the French Quarter,

    Laurel Bed and Breakfast

    Bed and Breakfast, Cottages
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    This cottage, in the heart of Mid-City, dates back to 1924 and is decorated with antiques and modern furnishings, as well as one suite with a queen-size bed, a private bath and an attached sunroom. Amenities include a continental breakfast of croissants, muffins, coffee and chicory, plus cable TV, a ceiling fan and wifi.

    Site 61 Hostel

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    Site 61 is a quirky, sci-fi-inspired hostel known for its clean and comfortable facilities. Designed as a 20th-century rooming house, it has two lounges with books, games, movies and television. Sleeping arrangements include dorms and private rooms, either ensuite or with a bathroom down the hall. Located on the Tulane Avenue bus line, it is just a few blocks from the Canal Streetcar line, so you’ll be saving money if you choose to stay here for your next Nola adventure.
    These recommendations were updated on November 12, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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