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’s been a year since we stayed at this hotel and it sticks with us. We want to go back and enjoy the delicious breakfast biscuits on our balcony watching the morning activities in the street. It is in a great location on the quieter side of the quarter. Close enough to walk all around but far enough that you are not worried about the crowds. There are tours that go by in the street that create probably the most traffic. Great location, great service, great hospitality. Will stay here next time if we can.
We recently stayed at the Soniat House for the long 4th of July Weekend. We chose the hotel for the location, the biscuits(!), and because we had stayed here a number of years before. The staff is all wonderfully nice and helpful, the room was perfectly comfortable, (like staying at a home away from home) and it had everything we wanted: easy to get to/from and cool AC for the July heat. It was so quiet and peaceful from our room (15). The courtyard was always calming and we had breakfast out there three days. If you want to stay in the Quarter but away from the raucous of Bourbon and Canal, this is a perfect property. It’s not a new modern hotel, but they have everything you need to have a comfortable stay Thank you to ALL the staff! We will be back for sure.
My 11-year-old daughter and I recently stayed at The Soniat House Hotel and we were absolutely captivated by this gem of a property. Located on a quiet block within the French Quarter, the hotel is nothing short of spectacular. From the warm and gracious service to the spacious rooms to the fresh-baked biscuits delivered right to your door each morning, the Soniat House is the perfect home base for a stay in New Orleans. I was a bit hesitant to stay at the property with my daughter since the hotel doesn’t allow children under the age of 10, as I worried that it might not be suitable for tweens, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Instead, my daughter and I were treated like absolute royalty by the staff, who were quick to offer all sorts of suggestions whenever we had a question. Ervin, Jill, Hillary, and Michelle could not have been nicer (the porters were also super helpful), and we felt so well taken care of during our stay. In fact, they actually helped us long before we checked in, answering all sorts of questions via phone and email and helping us with dinner reservations in advance of our stay. The Soniat’s rooms are so charming and unique, and very much up to date (while still retaining their historic character). I loved that we were within steps of the action and sightseeing of the French Quarter, yet far enough away from the craziness that we never had trouble sleeping. It was like having our own private oasis within the hustle and bustle of the city. I would highly recommend this property for families traveling with tweens and older kids!