According to the proprietors of the Richelieu, they will not be open the week of Fat Tuesday.
The Frenchman Hotel phone line is out of order so I was not able to obtain information about price or availability.
I have not found one decently priced accommodation listed anywhere on the internet so far.
I have a back up place to stay with friends but thier apartment is already overcrowded with displaced persons so I am still looking for a budget, but nice, hotel. Any advice would be appreciated.