We usually stay at the Chateau Bourbon one block over which is an actual historic hotel, but since being taken over by the Hyatt group, I found the new decor to be a bit much & trying too hard to seem edgy instead of playing up it's historic roots. So off to the Sonesta which is not a historic hotel, but was built in the 60's to look like a historic hotel. They've done a wonderful job with that & if I didn't know better I might have been fooled. Just an FYI if you are wanting a historic hotel that isn't owned by a national chain head over to the Hotel Monteleon which may be they only one left in the FQ.
Now on to the main reason to stay at the RS---Parking Parking Parking!! No the parking isn't included in the room price & if you find a FQ hotel who does include it- LMK. The parking is in a private underground 24 hour staffed garage & well worth the $40. Most hotels that do have parking are actually using a Central Parking owned open air garage with homeless people sleeping in the elevator. (I kid you not) Don't even think that you'll save a few bucks & park at Jax & take the streetcar. They'll throw a boot on your car faster than you can say Cafe' Du Monde. Any ideas you have about parking on the street will be quickly dashed when you see someone pee on your out of state license plate or puke on the hood of your car or get in a wrestling match with their drunk buddy & push him in to the side of your car. I've seen all of these things happen. Why do you think most employees bike to work?
We stayed in a lovely corner suite with a balcony on the 7th floor. the 7th is the "R-club" concierge floor & I can't speak to any other rooms in the hotel, but ours was quite nice- although in my opinion quite small to be called a suite. The balcony was wonderful & I could see the Monteleon & The Bourbon right behind us & the beautiful private courtyard below. The bathroom is probably the nicest I've ever encountered & I came straight home & ordered a full set of the Bvlgari blanc toiletries from Ulta & I was going to order that dang makeup mirror until I found out it was almost $500 at BB&B. I was very impressed that the jaccuzi tub was just that an actual Jaccuzi & not an off brand whirlpool tub. Sadly, We had some issues with ours & while maintenance was prompt to arrive it wasn't fixed before our checkout. The management was more than apologetic & accommodating because of the issue.
I have stayed at several Hotels in the area & the Sonesta is the only one who had security at the front door checking room keys before allowing you to enter the lobby. A major plus in my opinion. Another plus is the R-club lounge which served a wonderful breakfast & a great selection of heavy Hors d'oeuvres & premium drinks although I was disappointed that Abita beer (a local brew) isn't included in their beer selections.
The only con I can think of is that there is no coffee pot in the rooms. I understand that PJs is downstairs, but most people I know like a cup of coffee before they get dressed & are decent enough to go to a cafe & wait in line & be around people.
Overall-I give the stay a 4 1/2, but since that isn't an option I'm giving it a 5, but only because what few issues I did have were taken care of & the staff is some of the best I've dealt with in this area.
If you've never stayed in NOLA or the FQ before be wary of hotels that list themselves as FQ hotels because it is a broad/general area. Instead look at it's location. I have found that the closer to Canal the better.
- 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