You can stay just outside the city of New Orleans(Metearie) and take cab to the french quarter; and to and from the airport.
Excellent party town and excellent food; I can only hope is survived Kattina.
United Cab is just LOVELY. Even during Mardi Gras, when we call from our B & B there's usually a cab there within 10 minutes. Post-parade, you want to take whatever cab you can get, but if you have a choice in the matter, I strongly recommend United.
well you see from the airport the cabbys drive vans around and do they ever drive MAD... 80 miles an hour in a 30 mile zone.... so go at your own risk... I did they were kinda fun but my mom almost had a heart attack...
Safety can be a concern in New Orleans and it's not wise to walk in some parts of town at night. Fortunately, cabs are easily available in the French Quarter.
If your flying , there are flat rate fares from the airport. ...$28
Forget the auto, there is no parking anywhere in the Quarter and the cab drivers are ruthless if they aren't on your side.