This Louisiana city near the Gulf of Mexico is famous for spicy food and round-the-clock nightlife. It’s a melting pot of African, French and American cultures. Cool, huh?
In late winter you can also enjoy the festive spirit of Mardi Gras!
It’s hot, so expect swimming pools. There’s crazy nightlife, so of course there are party hostels.
- The Quisby New Orleans – great for female solo travellers
- Auberge NOLA Hostel – one for solo travellers
- Madame Isabelle’s House – top pick for older travellers
This guide is perfect for YOU, when …
- tired of bad and crappy hostels
- want to avoid the “young party kids”
- happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience
This collection is part of our guide to the 45 best hostels in USA – don’t miss it.
What we cover in this article?
- 3 best hostels in detail
- Comparison chart of 3 best hostels
- cheapest hostels in New Orleans
- best hostels in New Orleans for solo travellers
- fun party hostels in New Orleans
- discounts and promo codes
- How to book?
- all hostel and sights on a map
Quick Introduction to New Orleans
Average price for a bed: Hostels in New Orleans cost 18€ – 22€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 36€ up to 94€ per night. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.
Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
Tourism Tax: Just be aware that in most hostels in New Orleans, the 16% tax is not included in the booking price. You will need to pay this extra fee on arrival.
New to Hostels? Read our full hostel starter guide here. We especially recommend to read:
- how to book hostels (and websites to use)
- 23 items for the hostel packing list
- Are hostels safe? 13 safety tips for hostels
The 3 Best Hostels in New Orleans
Let’s jump right into the boutique hostels in New Orleans.
We put all three accommodation on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.
1. The Quisby New Orleans
The Quisby New Orleans first came on the scene in 1929 as a hotel. Completely renovated in 2016, it is now an upscale hostel in the Garden District of New Orleans.
Alongside ridiculously comfy beds and an ensuite bathroom in EVERY room, The Quisby offers:
- 24 hour bar downstairs
- Free breakfast
- Fast WiFi throughout
- 24/7 reception = no curfew
Although there is a bar that offers Happy Hour and the occasional pub crawl, this is not a crazy party hostel.
Instead the fun, social vibes are flowing all the time for you to dip in and out as you like. The place is seriously alive and kicking!
Never fear: you won’t be affected by the noise if you fancy an early night.
Furthermore, the staff host a few more events including movie nights, game night and even tarot card reading – oo err!
So what about room types?
There is a mix of 4-6 bed mixed and a 4-bed female dorm, plus private rooms.
The reason the beds are so comfy is because they come with memory foam mattresses.
So don’t be too hard on your neighbour for snoring.
Alongside that you’ll get multiple sockets, a reading light and a big locker.
Location: Steps away from the WWII Museum and a handy supermarket. The French Quarter is less than 1 mile away. Within half a mile there are dozens of famous restaurants and bars.
This is one of the best hostels in New Orleans for
- Female solo travellers
2. Auberge NOLA Hostel
Okay so let’s cut to the chase: Auberge NOLA Hostel is a party hostel.
BUT! It’s one of those party hostels where you can easily escape the crowds and wind down thanks for the array of dorm rooms.
If you’re keen to get involved, book a 8 or 10-bed dorm as a means to break the ice.
Otherwise, there are 4 and 6-bed dorms for those that wish to get a sound nights sleep ready for the next day. There is even a female only dorm!
To completely avoid any disturbance in the night, why not book a double private with great city view?
So now you’re feeling better about the room situation, let’s look at the organised fun.
There’s plenty of smiling to be had thanks to the…
- Free nightly social events
- Free breakfast
- Outdoor courtyard w/ BBQ
- Games, Netflix & cinema room
Auberge is constantly noted for the great staff you’ll find here. They go above and beyond to make everyone welcome, creating a family atmosphere.
No wonder they’ve won so many awards!
We vote this a top option for social travellers. Mix, feel at home and soak up the great atmosphere.
Location: Auberge NOLA Hostel is directly between the Garden District and the French Quarter. It’s one block from the main transportation known as Streetcar.
This is one of the best hostels in New Orleans for
- Solo travellers
- Party animals
3. Madame Isabelle’s House
Moving on from party to a beautiful house built in 1831. Madame Isabelle’s House is full of character and colour.
Here you’ll find a deck and jacuzzi with your name on it!
The tasteful ornaments and furniture inside the house truly represent typical old houses in the New Orleans area. Madame Isabelle’s family did a great job.
If you like the sound of quiet time between 9pm and 8am, this is the hostel for you.
You can start your day with a yummy breakfast (it’s free) in the secret courtyard garden. How nice does that sound?
To be honest, you could easily spend all of your time in the garden soaking up some sunshine.
Otherwise you might prefer hanging out in the grand indoor spaces.
It’s your opportunity to feel fancy, sipping wine under a chandelier and playing a princess as you walk down the grand staircase.
The elegance reminds us of Beauty and the Beast, or is that just us?
We think you’ll also be happy with the room choices on offer:
- 5 and 7-bed mixed dorms
- 8-bed female dorm
- Twin w/ ensuite
- Double w/ ensuite
- Triple w/ ensuite
Instead of privacy curtains, dorms come with fixed boards that cover the beds partway. But don’t let that you hide away for too long!
Location: Set in a quiet area not too far from Frenchman Street and Bourbon street where great bars and restaurants can be found.
This is one of the best hostels in New Orleans for
- Older travellers
What about cheapest hostels in New Orleans?
Of course, there are always cheap hostels.
We think, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.
The difference is usually 1-2€ ($1-2) per night, and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen.
However, if you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in New Orleans.
- Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in New Orleans
- Order the listing by price
Simple as that.
Make sure you use then the other filters and rank per price.
Also keep a close eye on the ratings, especially the “extreme ratings”. Meaning, the best and worst. These ratings can give great insight on what to expect.
Best Hostels in New Orleans for Solo Travellers?
What is seriously the best hostel in New Orleans for solo-travellers?
It has to be a tie between our #1 and #2 hostels.
For the female solo travellers heading to New Orleans, we recommend choosing The Quisby. You can relax in a 4-bed dorms with other ladies, and get sociable at the 24hr bar.
As for solo travellers as a whole, whether you’re male, female, gay or trans, Auberge NOLA Hostel is a wonderful choice.
Like we already mentioned, it’s the place to enjoy a good party, and find respite in a small or private room if you wish. There’s a good balance between social and quiet that should suit all solo traveller types.
Party Hostels in New Orleans
Are you looking for good times, drinks and that all important party hostel experience? We thought so!
Luckily for you, alongside our #2 hostel Auberge NOLA Hostel, we have two more great party hostels in New Orleans to tickle your tastebuds.
India House Backpackers Hostel
India House Backpackers Hostel has been delivering good times for 28 years.
Surrounded by several great pubs and with nightly organised events, you’re in for a good time here.
Get ready for pub crawls, pool parties, movie nights and fantastic staff to guide you every step of the way.
And guess what? It’s the ONLY hostel in New Orleans with a swimming pool! If that’s the only reason you need to stay, we salute you.
Check out the outdoor kitchen for fine food on offer, and find bands jamming out on the outdoor deck.
City House Hostel New Orleans
Have a blast at City House Hostel New Orleans and enjoy quiet time after 10pm. We like that deal.
It’s less of a crazy all-night party hostel, and more of a ‘few drinks with new friends’ kind of place.
Having said that, there is option to join a pub crawl on Bourbon Street.
Other activities include a local tour by a local, jazz exploration on Frenchman Street and a free burlesque show!
The common rooms are big, bright and homely. Slide off your shoes and relax when you’re had enough to drink.
How to book?
We recommend using Booking.com or Hostelworld for your reservations.
Hostelworld is the most popular website when it comes to hostel bookings.
Read: step-by-step guide on how to book with Hostelworld
On both platforms your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.
We included the handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.
Here is the overview:
- The Quisby: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Auberge NOLA Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Madame Isabelle’s House: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- India House Backpackers House: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- City House Hostel New Orleans: Booking.com | Hostelworld
We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible!
All of New Orleans best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish hostels, secure your room or bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.
Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in New Orleans. I know, it’s a pity. You can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.
You can find all our hostel discounts worldwide here.
All 3 Hostels put on a map + sights
Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all three best New Orleans hostels on a map.
Personally, we love to plan our trips with a map having all sights and potential hostels on it. We thought this map will help you with planning your trip too.
We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know in this list:
- French Quarters
- Bourbon Street
- Jackson Square
- St. Louis Cathedral
- The National WWII Museum
- French Market – Shops of the Colonnade
- City Park
- Mardi Gras World
- Harrah’s Casino New Orleans
Looking for fun activities? Check our all worthwhile tours & attractions in New Orleans here.
Flights to New Orleans?
We enjoy Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over New Orleans.
This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over North America and find the cheapest rates for the area.
Here is our review of Kiwi.
Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in New Orleans.
Don’t forget to check out our ultimate guide to the best hostels in USA.
We did the leg work for you and bring you more hostel guides to destinations in the USA:
- best hostels in Boston
- best hostels in New York City
- best hostels in Washington DC
- best hostels in Chicago
- best hostels in Los Angeles
- best hostels in San Francisco
- best hostels in Seattle
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Over to you
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Last note: Our commitment
This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget! We ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.
We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!
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Your Smart Packing List
It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.The most important things to pack are:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries