Clarion Hotel Grand Boutique
A lodging option from Al Copeland, the late legendary founder of Popeye's Chicken & Biscuits.
If you're hankering for the 1980s, you'll find yourself at home amidst the purple-painted archways, large print fabrics, modern art in shiny black frames and Jacuzzi suites with mood lighting. Even if you're not a fan of this dubious decorating era, it is hard to beat the location along historic St. Charles Avenue. This is the place to be during Mardi Gras when parades pass right out front. Thanks to the streetcar, it's also a manageable distance from nearly everything else the city has to offer. The hotel caters to tourists, families and business travelers, outfitting all rooms with cable TV, coffee makers, microwaves, refrigerators and more. Complimentary breakfast is served in the lobby adjacent to Copeland's Cheesecake Bistro, an unofficial spin-off of the Cheesecake Factory chain, where a massive menu offers something for every craving. Guests may pay $10 per day for access to the neighboring athletic club.