We've lined up our first two hotel recommendations for the conference, May 20-22. Both are located on streetcar lines, which will make travel to and from the conference site quite easy.
The conference site for Saturday, May 21st, will be the Latter Library at 5120 St. Charles Avenue, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Our first hotel recommendation is on St. Charles Avenue, just walking distance from the conference site or a five-minute streetcar ride: Parkview Guest House, a bed-and-breakfast in a renovated mansion. They are holding rooms for us under the code word, "Haiku Society of America." Call 888-533-0746 before March 20th to reserve a room. The room prices range from $159 to $189 a night, but note that some of the rooms have two beds, which makes it possible for people to share the room and cost, if desired. By New Orleans standards, these prices aren't bad.
Here's their website with pictures:
Our second recommendation is farther away but much cheaper. The India House is a hostel located on 124 S. Lopez Street, just a block from Canal and the red streetcar line. To go to the conference site, you would ride the red streetcar toward downtown, then transfer to the green St. Charles streetcar. The ride, taking into account waiting time for the green streetcar, could take the better part of an hour, so an early start would be necessary. But the rooms are nice, the price is low, and the streetcar rides to and from India House provide a nice tour of a lot of New Orleans. They have private rooms--some with private bathrooms, some with shared bathrooms, in the $45 - $55 range. Call 504-821-1904 to reserve your room (and mention the Haiku Society of America). Here's their website:
If these two hotels fill up, just contact me (email@example.com) and I'll recommend others. It might be difficult to book a room in a large downtown hotel (I've been told that there will be two major conferences downtown that weekend), but New Orleans has lots of small bed-and-breakfast places.