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Reviewed 9 April 2013 via mobile

If you want to try something different, away from the big hotels that tend to look pretty much the same, I would definitely recommend Soniat house in the French quarter of New Orleans.
It is situated not exactly in the centre of the French quarter which makes it quieter than other hotels but still close enough to walk everywhere.

The rooms are lovely, they look like old colonial houses conversions. The stay was a bit like Downton Abby vacation. The rooms had queen beds with tall pillars and our room also had a balcony facing the street. At night you can hear the horse carriage go by and it transports you to a different era. Breakfast can be ordered and hot scones will come in hot baskets heated by hot stones. Rather quaint the whole experience!
No actual meal room service, but that was ok as we explored Irene's just around the corner. Irene's is an establishment, we dined there and had take away with all the silverware 4 out of 5 nights. Friendly staff, authentic atmosphere, amazing food, what more could you ask for.


  • Stayed: May 2012
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Thank Nicky C
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

We just stayed at the Soniat for 4 nights. The location was absolutely great- 3 blocks from Frenchmen Street with is where you'll find a ton of great local music, usually for the price of one drink. a few blocks from Jackson Square. Quiet area away from the crowds. The rooms were clean and the beds were excellent, with soft, downlike pillows.

The service is also great- they will take care of anything you need and all of the front desk folks are trained concierges. They will provide breaakfast in your room for $12 per person, but we didn't try that. There's an excellent coffee and bakery place around the corner.

The only downside for us was guest noise- we started on the first floor, and you can hear every step of the guests above you because your wooden ceiling is their floor. We are noise-sensitive and this was a problem. Our first room also had a musty odor which they controlled with a dehumidifier in the room.

Also, our room had almost no natural light, because it faced onto the courtyard (it didn't help that the weather was overcast for most of our stay). This seems like it shouldn't be a problem since you're going to be out all day anyway, but that's just us- we really wanted natural light in the morning.

These things can't be helped as this property, along with most others in the French Quarter, are historic buildings with the limitations that brings. The rooms were dark by design to keep the hot sun out in the summer. First floor rooms sometimes have to deal with humidity leaching out of the ground.

That said, they went out of their way to accomodate us- first moving us to another first-floor room which had no odor but was even noisier. Then when we were going to check out early, the owner moved us to an amazing suite up on the 3rd floor where we had lots of light and no noise above us- for the same price we'd been paying. There are lots of 2nd floor rooms which might have been fine but they were all occupied.

So if you want a hotel room in the ugly, noisy southern part of the French Quarter, stay at the Monteleone. But if you want to be where all the good stuff is (except good oyster bars- they are near the Monteleone but still walking distance from Soniat), stay here! I would definitely stay again- I'll just be more careful about my room preferences.

Room Tip: Stay off the first floor if you can. But if you can't, Room 17 had a strong musty odor. Room 10 gets a lot of noise from the room above, from the stairs and from people talking next to the office. 2nd floor rooms should all be quiet unless they're in the very front (most of the property only has 2 floors but the front has 3).
  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank mbernhardt
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Reviewed 14 March 2013

This is a charming place in the quiet end of the French Quarter. Formerly two homes and now a breakfast only hotel, the front of the house service is excellent especially if you are lucky enough to meet Bill. While we were there, we saw a MAJOR movie star who shall remained unnamed until later since we don't wish to undermine his privacy. The owner, Mr. Smith has some lovely antiques for sale across the street. All in all pleasant experience but if you like the amenities of a full service hotel this is not for you. The one major negative is the beds...not king sized and it is time to buy new firmer mattresses. Minor negatives, noise and room size, but if you are not prepared for both inthe French Quarter then consider a chain in downtown.

Room Tip: If you want a balcony on a street, then this will be one of the quieter options in the French Quarter. Otherwise, ask for interior room.
  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank ProfD81
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Reviewed 14 March 2013

Staying at the Soniat House is a special treat. Great hospitality and beautiful rooms; Fabulous coffee and homemade biscuits for breakfast; Romantic setting in the heart of the French Quarter. Everything you'd want in a small, luxurious hotel.

Room Tip: Any room in the hotel is special and unique!
  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Bbjones123
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Reviewed 8 March 2013

If you appreciate the French Quarter for all that it is.... and not just the drinking on Bourbon Street (which we all love), but the true historic appeal and charm of the old buildings, the uneven walkways, the hospitality and genteel manner and the relaxed poise of graceful imperfection, then this is a MUST stay. This is how I imagine living in the Quarter feels.

This was less a hotel stay and more like staying with friends.... I know others have written the same, but it's all true so it bears repeating.

Bill at the front desk was awesome and more than helpful, the porters were absolute gentlemen. My room was immaculate and appointed well.

A few words to those who actually read these reviews when looking for a place....

This place was built in 1830. And it's meant to show it. I saw some reviewer complain that there was no elevator and the cobblestone courtyard was uneven.... Seriously?

I like the crisp, modern, and perfect hotels too - and the barrage of modern amenities & electronics, lobby bars and pools, and glitz etc. as much as the next guy. And I stay in places like that when I choose to. And if that's really what you are after when booking, (not trying to be snarky) do yourself a favor and don't stay at a place like the Soniat, as you will not be satisfied. And in particular, if this isn't your cup of tea but you stay here anyways and then write unflattering reviews, that is patently unfair.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled on business
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