If you're planning a trip to the Big Easy, Id recommend staying at the W French Quarter (pictured right). Its lovely courtyard is reason enough for me. I could have spent hours lounging by the petite pool or on sunbeds by the trickling fountain (on Thursday nights in summer, movies are projected on the courtyard wall behind the pool). A little more romantic than trendy, this W features 98 slick rooms in its converted Creole complex, the best are the carriage-house rooms with private balconies on higher floors and Jacuzzis on the lower floors.
The Preservation Hall package is valid through the festival season and starts from $139/night at W French Quarter and $129/night at W New Orleansa sexy high-rise just a few blocks past Canal Stand gets you two W VIP tickets to Preservation Hall; a Preservation Hall CD; and a W disposable camera. Call 877-946-8357 to book and refer to promo code WJAZZ. Festival weekends sell out fast so dont hold off on making reservations.