Much as the price of gas goes up around any holiday, the price of motels in the New Orleans area goes up for Mardi Gras and while the Courtyard Inn won’t mistaken for the Ritz, neither will it empty your pockets as fast as most motels. It is an older motel and shows its age much as I am, its weekly rate ($230 total including a $5/week internet fee) is about what many motels charge for the night during Mardi Gras.
The rooms are pretty basic with either one or two beds and night stands that hang from the wall.
In addition to the television, desk, and beautiful wood floors, my room had a small refrigerator and microwave and the larger rooms have a full sized refrigerator.
The Courtyard Inn is not so much a motel as a community as the folks who stay there tend to do so for a week to months at a time. They are hard working folks from a chef to a bartender to oil company inspectors. I even met a couple fellows that were there for work on movie productions (one was a steady cam operator and the other was a stuntman.)
You won’t get breakfast in bed as there is no room service, but you will get a good price and, if you are so inclined, meet some great people. The motel is located just off the highway in Metairie, within a few blocks of TGI Fridays, Applebees, Barnes and Nobel, a mall, and pretty much anything else you might need.