My friend and I stayed here May 8-12, booking the room on BookIt.com using their "four diamond mystery hotel" opaque option. Truth be told, our top priority was finding something close to Bourbon Street and you can't get much closer than the Royal Sonesta (since it's on Bourbon).
Since I chose to use an opaque option, we were not given a room with two beds. Not a big deal, since I knew there was a chance that could happen. But the hotel provided us with a cot, at no extra charge, which quite honestly was more comfortable than the regular beds at some of the other hotels I've stayed at. Outside of that, it was your average room. Nothing special, outside of a mini bar, which we did not partake in (all the items were insanely expensive).
They have an on site workout room, which has a few treadmills and machines. I was a little disappointed in the lack of free weights, but I was able to get a sufficient workout in without them.
We didn't use it, but they have a pretty amazing pool area, complete with its own bar.
All in all, it's a nice hotel and I would recommend based on location alone, assuming you can get it at a reduced rate.
- 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