What We Love
- Quiet, safe and central location steps from the French Market
- A balcony as large as a private den, with views of the French Quarter and downtown
- Guests have free access to the New Orleans Athletic Club
What To Know
- The Soniat House opened as a hotel in 1983
- Pets and children under 10 are not allowed
- Noise (voices, traffic, horse-drawn carriages) might filter up from the street
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
It’s little wonder that former guests of the Soniat House such as Helen Mirren, Brad Pitt and Francis Ford Coppola all purchased homes steps away from this Creole-inspired haven in New Orleans. Made up of three restored townhouses filled with antique furniture, larger-than-life artwork and Oriental rugs, the historic charm of this French Quarter hotel is undeniable. And its meticulous style has landed it in the pages of Vogue and Architectural Digest.
Bed & Bath
Each Soniat House room is uniquely decorated, but all have Oriental rugs, printed textiles, gilded mirrors and access to a balcony or the courtyard. Expect stunning antiques, such as massive canopy beds and oil paintings of exotic animals. Bathrooms have Molton Brown products; many have Jacuzzi tubs.
There is no on-site restaurant, but the hotel has an honor bar with premium liquors, wines and champagnes. Pour yourself a cocktail and retire to the courtyard, where a Japanese magnolia provides shade and the limbs of a pineapple guava spin a lace veil over a fountain and a lily-padded pond. Ask the owner to show you around his antiques shop across the street. Or request an in-room massage.
In the Area
The Beauregard-Keyes House and Museum, next door to Soniat House, has a notable history: It’s the former residence of both the writer Frances Parkinson Keyes and the Confederate general Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard, who ordered the first shots of the Civil War. Just one block from the hotel sits Verti Marte. It looks like a rundown deli, but it serves one of the best po’boys in New Orleans. For an haute take on New Orleans fare, check out Cochon Butcher, which serves artisan meats and sausages and specialty sandwiches such as muffalettas and a buckboard bacon melt. Walk five minutes down from Soniat House to d.b.a., the Spotted Cat and the other music clubs lining Frenchmen Street.
How to Get There
It feels a bit like you’ve stepped back in time. The property is amazing and the courtyards are beautiful. The rooms were nicely decorated with antiques and were comfortable. Being in the quarter, I was a little worried about noise, but it was quiet enough for sleep. Good location for wandering around and soaking up the atmosphere.
The staff was very friendly and helpful, even checking that our dinner reservation were in place.
I LOVE this hotel, but it is not for everyone. The location is absolutely perfect - a quick walk to everything in the French Quarter and on a quiet street where you escape from the hustle and bustle when you want. The staff is AMAZING - always happy, friendly, willing to help and willing to chat about all that is New Orleans. The morning scones are wonderful. So, if you are looking for a charming boutique hotel with character, romance, and southern graciousness - then this is your place. HOWEVER, the place is a bit tattered. The rooms are in desperate need of a modern makeover, the bathrooms are not luxury by 2019 standards, and the technology is closer to 1980 (though the wifi works just fine!), On a recent visit with a group, most of our friends were frustrated at the quality of accomodations given the price point, but I simply love the Soniat House and its staff. If you want old world charm in the French Quarter, this is your place.
My wife and I stayed 4 days .. we had a wonderful room overlooking the inner courtyard.. the hotel is very quiet yet very close to the center of the the French Quarter.. all staff was very courteous and helpful.. only suggestion is to improve the breakfast which is not on par with the rest
Would go back anytime
Having lodging located just steps away from most boisterous "all hours" part of the French Quarter makes a visit to New Orleans much more enjoyable and seemingly safer.
Soniat House is just a stroll away from Jackson Square and the entire French Quarter, plus the many jazz places on Frenchmen Street are an easy 7 minute walk in the other direction.
Our two room grand suite was huge and beautifully furnished with antiques. It had a large, wrought iron embellished deck overlooking Chartres Street where small, joyous parades with lively music by "second line bands", occasionally passed by. Nights were quiet and the king bed was great.
The bath was up-to-date as was just about everything else; A/C, WiFi, 2 TVs, good lighting,etc. It would have been nice if there was a power outlet at the desk.
The continental breakfast in the picturesque and verdant interior courtyard was merely OK - good biscuits and juice but harsh coffee. The hotel kitchen could benefit with a Nespresso machine! Other places for breakfast (and lunch) are withing a 3-5 minute walk past interesting shops and historic buildings..
Soniat House has a comfortable self-service cocktail lounge next to the office with a well stocked honor bar which apparently is governed by the hotel cat, who may well be the hotel owner.
The hotel is very private and secure. Access by the public is controlled. The staff was very friendly and helpful in every way..
Soniat House was a special once in a lifetime experience. Loved it!
This was my first time staying at the Soniat House but certainly won't be my last. The Soniat is located at the quiet end of the French Quarter yet within minutes you can be right in the middle of all activities. My room (#10) was at the front of the house, street side. Street noise was rare, what little there was was short lived. My room was lovely, comfortable, well appointed and cozy.The staff at the Soniat are the best, Jill, Betty, Irvin and Hilary who greet you in the reception area. The gentlemen who bring your breakfast (yes, those wonderful homemade, hot,yummy biscuits) along with OJ,coffee and fresh fruit, also help with luggage and answer many questions are very friendly and can't do enough to make sure you are enjoying your stay. I felt like I was staying in someone's home as a very special guest. The housekeeping staff are prompt, helpful and accommodating. And then there's Claire, the Soniat's house cat. What a sweetheart she is, she roams around the beautiful courtyard and can also at times be found in the reception area, greeting new guests! While everyone at the Soniat are great, I have to give extra "kudo's" to Jill, who was always so pleasant, friendly and most helpful. No matter how often I stopped in with my questions, Jill always had a smile and valuable information to share.The day I checked out, I felt like I had made a new friend. Do yourself a favor, when next you visit NOLA, make sure you stay at the Soniat House Hotel, you'll be VERY glad you did.