The positives: The staff was helpful and consistent, from check-in to housekeeping. I had a balcony room overlooking Bourbon street and it was very loud in terms of sleeping quality, but the people-watching and the view were very worth it. The French Quarter location of this hotel is prime. On both sides, you have wonderful restaurants, such as Arnaud's (on the Bourbon street side) and Oceana (more casual, on the Conti side). The hotel itself has the Desire Oyster Bar which is quite good for those who like seafood. For me, the Irwin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse housed inside the hotel is its hidden gem. What spectacular music...and the drinks weren't bad either.
The negatives: It was $20 to access the Internet in the business center. I think this sort of thing should be complimentary. I will say the same for the bottled water in the room, which was $6.50 each. There was also no coffee maker in the room. At least you can print your boarding passes for free in the lobby.
Overall: I enjoyed my stay at this hotel. PJ's Coffee Shop has a nice selection of coffee, which is more appreciated with no coffeemaker in the room (and is probably the reason for it). The positives far outweighed the negatives. Next time I probably would try a courtyard room, since the Bourbon Street noise did continue into the wee hours of the morning.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Royal Sonesta New Orleans is the most Authentic French Quarter Experience located on world famous Bourbon Street, within steps of world-famous restaurants, antique shops, and premier tourist attractions. A landmark in New Orleans since 1969, its atmosphere reflects a strong European influence and Southern charm, with its elegant marbled lobby, tranquil fountains and sparkling chandeliers. The 483 room hotel including 36 suites features a secluded tropical courtyard, a beautifully landscaped outdoor pool, fitness center and five unique restaurants and lounges. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sonesta Hotel New Orleans
- New Orleans Royal Sonesta
- New Orleans Sonesta Hotel
- Sonesta New Orleans
- Royal Sonesta Hotel