Royal Sonesta New Orleans
What We Love
- A regal hotel in the French Quarter, with a jazz club and world-class modern art collection
- The location on Bourbon Street, among top bars, clubs, music venues and restaurants
- The hotel’s charming courtyard, with elegant French doors, wrought-iron balconies and a pool
- The impressive on-site art collection, which features works by Lichtenstein and Warhol
- The hotel's significant renovation, with reimagined guest rooms, corridors, expanded club level and oyster bar and new fitness center
What To Know
- The on-site jazz club is considered one of the neighborhood’s best
- There's no spa, but the brand-new fitness center won't disappoint
- The central location in the French Quarter means it can get loud
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
From the inside of this swanky sleep, you’d never know you were smack dab in the middle of the country’s biggest party – Bourbon Street. This block-long hotel hides landscaped courtyards, one of which protects a sceney pool. The lobby, steps from Bourbon Street’s madness, manages to remain elegant and refined, and most of the 483 rooms are luxe respites from the party. If you do want to be part of the party, get a room facing Bourbon Street — it’s a wild time. Otherwise, book a courtyard facing room for some peace and quiet.
In the Area
New Orleans is the home of the cocktail, and every sip comes with a story. Start your boozy odyssey off at Napoleon House — it was once offered up as a refuge to the exiled Le Petit Caporal and today is known for its Pimm’s Cup, an Anglophile fave mixing a splash of lemonade with Pimm’s No. 1. Next, get dizzy on Vieux Carrés (rye, cognac, dry vermouth, benedictine and bitters) at the Hotel Monteleone’s Carousel Bar & Lounge, a former haunt of Tennessee Williams, among other writers. For dinner, pork out at Cochon in the Warehouse District — start with the wood fired oysters before diving into the signature Louisiana cochon with turnips, cabbage, pickled peaches and cracklins. Uptown, try the legendary Patois, where Chef Aaron Burgau serves haute classics like smoked rabbit and andouille gumbo. Back in the French Quarter, Coop’s Place cooks up the best pub grub in town, including fried crab claws and a scrumptious seafood gumbo.
How to Get There
This was my first time visiting New Orleans. I was unacquainted with Royal Sonesta and this brand of hotels. This location is right in the heart of Bourbon street where all of the live action is. Since I was there for a business conference, I would have preferred a quieter locale. However, this is a great hotel, very clean and comfortable rooms and bathrooms, with a friendly and elegant staff and atmosphere.
What a stunning property. The staff were very helpful as well. It was a great room. We had a side ride balcony. Not as busy as Bourbon st, but was stil alot of fun watching people. The hotel is right in the middle of Bourbon St.
Right in the middle of the French Quarter, The Royal Sonesta is the perfect hotel for a trip to New Orleans. Most everything you'd want to see is in a reasonable walking distance. The staff are extremely friendly and will go out of their way to help you with anything you need. Despite being on Bourbon Street, the rooms and the lobby are quiet and peaceful, even at night. The hotel is a lovely place to relax when you get tired of the hustle and bustle of the French Quarter. We had a great time and would highly recommend this hotel to any visitors.
While we thouroughly enjoyed our stayed at the Royal Sonesta this time around, we found that the years gone by have worn on this hotel a bit. The staff was still friendly and accommodating, but the immense charm, and the small southern niceties of the hotel atmosphere were not quite the same as we’ve experienced in the past.
All this being said, the location is supreme and some the best restaurants in NOLA are within a very short walking distance.
The Trolly is also within walking distance so we were able to visit Adubon Park and the Garden District very easily.
The pool/bar area was easily accessed by our room and we certainly enjoyed that amenity. That area could use some sprucing up as well.
I also wish that the reservation specialists were trained to be more candid about the “extra” hotel tariffs and special charges. While we approved a $207/night stay, our “extra” charges/ day amounted to the following:
State hotel tax 10%- $20.70
Room Occupancy tax- $2.00
City hotel tax - 4%-$8.38
OTS Assessment- $3.62
Garage car- $41.00/ day
Parking tax- $5.43
The hotel has a very classy on-site Jazz bar that had a different group every night that seemed to not disappoint the crowd. That was a huge plus for sure!
We stayed two nights after attending a wedding in the French Quarter. The Royal Sonesta is beautiful inside. The pool area a wonderful oasis away from the noise of Bourbon street. Our room had a problem however with noise each night in the airconditioner shaft. Sounded like a working laundry on top of us. Complained both nights and been awake for hours. Husband had to go to reception second night as no one answered the phone. No explanation was given. The matter was resolved after speaking to three different staff members. Loved the room and bathroom and amenities. The noise from Bourbon street lasted the whole night. The concierge staff was super friendly and helpful. So a very mixed bag of our stay. The one evening we had dinner at Desire Oyster bar we were served by a rude waitress.
There are NOT a no smoking policy in hotel premises (pool and garden area).