I have been soaking up the great food advice here in prep for a trip to NO in late December (27 to 30th). I'll be there for a convention, and one of the hotels offering special rates to us for this convention was the Monteleone. After perusing their website and seeing very high ratings for them in Frommer's and Fodor's guidebooks, I made a reservation there. For 3 people it will be 127 per night total. My problem is this: 2 or 3 messages on Chowhound from this past summer called the Monteleone "dingy" and not so clean-seeming. Can anyone please give me some extra info about the Monteleone? If there's hope of finding a comparable rate at a better place, I'd sure love to know!