If you are actually considering visiting soon, you could probably score a 4 star room in the CBD or even right in the Quarter on Priceline or Hotels.com for around $50 a night…
Seriously, the heat and humidity are so brutal, so indescribably oppressive at this time of the year that the city is virtually deserted as far as tourists go, at least in comparison to during the more temperate times of the year.
The good news is that you will practically have the city all to yourselves, where you can take the time to chat up the locals with ease and walk into the best restaurants in the city without having to give any thought to a reservation, all for hotel room rates that are only a fraction of what they would run you in the fall or the spring.
If you are someone who can handle heat and humidity, now might be a great time for you to check it out…
I have been to both Phoenix and Las Vegas in August, when the temperature was over 116 in the shade. To me, that kind of dry, desert “Blast Furnace” heat is like a walk in the park compared to a 95 degree day (with 90% humidity) in New Orleans or Houston. YMMV
That said, New Orleans is one of the world’s truly great cities, a place renown the entire cosmos over for its incredible, unique history, distinctive architecture, world-class cuisine and a truly life-affirming musical culture.
Hope you have a great time!