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Royal Sonesta New Orleans
Ranked #29 of 167 Hotels in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 31 January 2013

Loved this hotel: great service, comfortable beds, good room layout, great bathroom & conveniently located. Best of all is a whole floor for smoking rooms and a huge balcony for sitting outside with morning coffee...it faced inside rather than Bourbon Street, so was very peaceful.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 January 2013

If you want to live the life and you can keep up with the action then New Orleans is the place to be! Everything about this City is just amazing, the multiple choices of food,the many varied attractions and the super weather plus the night life.And everyone here is so friendly in what must be the most laid back atmosphere anywhere in the U.S.A. All you need to top it off is the comfort and service of a superb hotel and you will find exactly that at the Royal Sonesta. Situated on Bourbon Street right in the centre of the French Quarter you will find first class professional service in every department.The rooms are comfortable and spacious and many overlook the open air swimming pool and pool bar.There is also a pretty courtyard garden, a good coffee shop,the Oyster Bar restaurant and Le Booze bar where you can sit and watch the world go by while sipping your favourite cocktail.All the staff here genuinely believe the customer is king and will bend over backwards to ensure your holiday is an enjoyable one. There is a saying here that" New Orleans calls you back". It certainly does and you will want to return time and again - and you will want to stay at the Royal Sonesta!

Room Tip: Central rooms overlooking the pool are mostly away from the noise in Bourbon Street at night and the...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 30 January 2013

Beautifully maintained old hotel captures the charm and character of the French Quarter. This is the place to stay if you want to experience the New Orleans French quarter culture. Located right in the heart of Bourbon St. Request an inside room if you don't want to hera the party goers all night. Great Jazz bar and restaurant. Extremely helpful concierge drew me a walking map to use view the sights, and recommended Royal House Restaurant, I'm still dreaming about the dinner I had. When visiting N.O. you can stay in another glitzy new hotel chain high rise, but why would you? You can stay in those anytime. In my opinion this is the place to stay. My only regret I was only there for 1 night.

Room Tip: Decide if you want a louder room overlooking Boubon St. or a quieter inside room.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 29 January 2013

You cannot beat the location of the Royal Sonesta. It is located on the corner of Bienville and Bourbon and extends east to Conti Street. Just one block south is Royal Street where the atomsphere is sophisticated with lovely shops. Leave Bourbon Street, unless you are just wanting to see if you still have that college stamina and stupidity. This place has a stunning lobby, a quiet courtyard and two wonderful restaurants. For breakfast and lunch eat at Desire, where there are excellent examples of souther cuisine and oysters. For elegance have dinner at the Revolution. Both are attached to the hotel. The rooms are comfortable, spacious and the service is par excellence. I like the fact that if you drive, you pull off of the street and park under the hotel, where there is an elevator to take you to the lobby at street level. I would recommend that you get an interior courtyard balcony room, so that you will not hear the noise. It is a beautiful hotel. I loved the service.

Room Tip: Get an interior courtyard room to avoid the street noise.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 January 2013

I have been staying at the Royal Sonesta for years and it is amazing how they continue to keep it so lovely and sophisticated. The location is perfect. Right in the heart of the French Quarter. The best restaurants, music, and shopping within walking distance.

The staff is very hospitible. I love walking in off of the bussel of Bourbon Street into the serene Loby of the Royal Sonesta.

The rooms are confortable and clean. If you happen to get a room on Bourbon St., expect to hear the music and people. Some people want to be right on top of the action.

Desires restaurant is wonderful. You must get oysters there. The entire menue is great.

The courtyard is beautiful - you sit amungst orange trees. It is a lovely place to have a drink before dinner.

We have wonderful memories of staying at the Royal Sonesta. I can't wait to come back!

Room Tip: Bourbon Street Rooms will be able to hear noise from the street.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 January 2013

Upon walking into the foyer, your eyes dance around the beauty of the hotel. There are lights, fountains, people, and restaurants encompassing all of your senses. You might possibly hear jazz from the jazz lounge as you enter or stop in and grab coffee right inside the door. The staff was very helpful and the rooms were beautiful. My favorite part, and something I have looked for once arriving home, are their motion sensor LED night lights. That was the most incredible part. The Royal Sonesta also has rooms with balconies so you can people watch after you come in. Definitely a unique experience, even if you don't like NOLA.

Room Tip: If you want to people watch, chose a room with a balcony.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 23 January 2013

The room was a little worn, and the parking fee is crazy ($35/day), but the location can't be beat. We planned to stay 3 nights but extended for a fourth. I suggest the inner rooms to avoid the noise from bourbon, unless it's Mardi Grad and you can catch a parade. Then the outside balcony would be awesome. Overall, very pleased.

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Additional Information about Royal Sonesta New Orleans

Address: 300 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 70130-2213
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Region: United States > Louisiana > New Orleans > French Quarter
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#11 Luxury Hotel in New Orleans
#14 Family Hotel in New Orleans
#25 Romantic Hotel in New Orleans
#27 Business Hotel in New Orleans
Price Range: £155 - £430 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Royal Sonesta New Orleans 4.5*
Number of rooms: 483
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
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