The Fairmont is one of the better classy hotels in New Orleans. Visiting it is best during Christmas time because they go all out and decorate the lobby. One does not have to be a guest staying there to see the Christmas display. It is open and decorated for Mardi Gras as well but majority of people do not attend Mardi Gras for the decorations. It is the party that counts. And the hotel is handicapped accessible. It's in walking distance of the Vieux Carre' streets especially Bourbon.