A single friends’ weekend spot, Hotel le Marais is modern, sleek, and sexy. With a purple glow and Mardis Gras-colored chairs in the lobby, the hotel has a party vibe that starts as soon as you walk in the door, and you can keep it going (presumably) on the back patio and in the largest hot tub in town. Framed quotes in the gym—“I really don’t think I need buns of steel. Buns of cinnamon would work for me.”—remind you why you’re in New Orleans. (It ain’t to work out.) Spare bedroom furnishings and tasteful rugs distinguish rooms from nearby chain properties—you won’t find gold framed nature scenes or red Fleur de Lys carpeting here.