We arrived at this hotel late in the evening, and were shown to a room to the back of the building.The first thing that struck me was the noise coming from outside, the music and shouting. Forget any vision that you may have of Bourbon Street, it's no longer the hub of jazz but instead sleazy strip clubs and cheap karaoke bars and all of that noise pumps into The Royal Sonesta which sits on the corner. I immediately asked for a new room and was shown to one that resembled a broom cupboard! we questioned the size but were told it was all they had free. It was tiny with only a queen sized bed for two which we slept on for two nights before our agent got on to the hotel and sorted everything.
I believe that the hotel is going to be/is being renovated, which it definitely needs. The furniture was tired and dated and the service very 'laissez faire'. If you are looking for the Blackpool of the Louisiana the this is the place for you, but if not then there are far nicer hotels a couple of streets back.
- 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