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
We really enjoyed our stay at Soniat House. We also used the "midweek special" for a great room in the main part of the hotel. We loved the courtyard area, which was a wonderful oasis even when the temperatures throughout the city were blazing. It was a great place for a relaxing afternoon drink (love the honor bar), or morning breakfast before heading out. I was a little concerned with relatively few trip advisor reviews, but the experience did not disappoint at all. We were in room 25-- which was spacious enough for the two of us. Small bathroom, but sufficient. Love the turn-down service in the evening, and the staff were friendly and helpful throughout our stay. A surprisingly close, and even rather quiet walk down Chartres to the heart of the French Quarter; and also just blocks away from all of the great music venues on Frenchmen Street. For food, so many great options around, but really loved the trip across town to Cochon Butcher for lunch... hard to beat for the price, and perfect stop off point heading to the WWII museum.
Lovely small (about 30 rooms) on a QUIET street in French Quarter. Great service with beautiful atmospheric rooms. Our room was across street from the main building and we preferred that.... like staying in a private home (only 10 rooms) with its own private courtyard only accessible to guests in that building.
We took advantage of a great mid-week suite special that is offered all year on their website. If your schedule permits, the special is a nice deal.
Ideal for anyone who wants to experience the French Quarter in an authentic and elegant setting.
We had the pleasure of staying in one of the Grand Suites and couldnt have been happier. Quiet, clean, romantic, and welcoming.
The courtyards are wonderful, the staff superb, and we are already planning our return for next year.
Location is ideal for walking the Quarter, superb music and neat local restaurants.
We couldn’t bring bikes into our room. Enjoyable stay but we won’t book again because of the bicycle policy. I don’t understand why we couldn’t bring up our bikes or why they couldn’t figure out some other way of keeping them safe. Lesson learned. That makes this place simply pedestrian. Bummer.
The Soniat House was one of the most charming hotels I have stayed at in a long time! The staff was fabulous, prompt and efficient, and extremely responsive to guest’s needs. The location is perfect -walking distance from lots of restaurants and activities, and close to the Central Business District as well. The breakfast was excellent, the fresh warm biscuits were outstanding, and very reminiscent of a European breakfast. The hotel itself is well appointed, and charming to the point of unexpected for an American hotel. The only reason I am not giving it five stars is because the first room I was given (a deluxe room) did not have working AC and I was moved to a different room on the first floor. This room was located right at the base of the staircase and in front of reception, so was therefore not very private and pretty loud, as it seemed to be a gathering point for guests and staff. The staff was very careful to be quiet in the area, and I almost never heard them except when a phone rang in the middle of the night and woke me up. In the future, I would ask for a different room, but I truly loved the hotel and will be back!