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“Great Stay, Perfect Location” 5 of 5 stars
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Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   300 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 70130   |  
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Ranked #21 of 154 Hotels in New Orleans
Sebring, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Great Stay, Perfect Location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

Stayed 11/18 - 11/21. Hotel is in a great location, very helpful staff. Room were very very clean. Right in the middle of all the action of Boubon street. If you are looking for a upscale hotel right in the action this hotel is perfect.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

I am normally in New Orleans during the Thanksgiving weekend and have stayed at a lot of properties. This was the first time I stayed at a property directly on Bourbon Street in the middle of the quarters. It was an elegant property and a great experience. Once inside of the property you could not tell you were in the middle of Bourbon Street. The hotel has the Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse which offers free concerts from the local musicians nightly. Friday night's entertainment was excellent. The hotel has a beautiful pool and garden courtyard with rooms that open up to each. The scenery is beautiful. The entire hotel staff was pleasant and very accommodating. I look forward to staying here again.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012 via mobile

My family came to New Orleans for three
nights to enjoy the city and stupidly chose the "Royal" Sonesta as our hotel.
When you walk in, the lobby is very nice and deceptively makes you feel as though this is a fabulous hotel. But the rooms show the truth; water pressure is low, toilets are earsplitting when they flush and do not work well, the pillows are very uncomfortable, and the carpets are worn along with the furniture and chair.
The bellhop suggested the restaurant r'evolution downstairs, which was the highlight of the hotel. But he also suggested a restaurant for breakfast that was even more expensive than the pricey dinner from the previous night.
The location of this hotel is a joke. Many people only know about Bourbon Street in the French Quarter when it comes to New Orleans, and that is a mistake. From 4 pm to 7 am, Bourbon is loud, crowded, and pretty nasty to say the least. The clubs with showgirls and nude posters just don't tie in to the history and architecture of the area for some reason I don't understand. The hotel is loud during the night, with shouting and whooping from mostly drunken people. It is easy to wake up at night and very hard to go back to sleep.
The Bottom line: look for a hotel on Royal Street, a quiet road a block from bourbon which is lined with galleries and restaurants minus the problems of Bourbon. Or try the Garden District and visit the French Quarter instead of staying there.


  • Stayed November 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Duluth, Georgia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

Great hotel right on Bourbon Street! The hotel is absolutely beautiful! Especially during the holidays. The staff was excellent. If you don't mind spending a little extra cash, I'd recommend staying at this hotel. I never checked out the pool though. I spent most of my time out on the streets partying.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Washington, PA
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

We didn't stay there but did go to the Thanksgiving Brunch. It was not cheap, but it was amazingly good. There were few desires in culinary terms that were not met by this buffet from the caveair with blini selection, the large fresh seafood offerings, meats of every possible hope and desire, and desserts that were excellent. The staff worked hard and long to make sure that you were pleased and that every need was satisfied; the endless Mimosa and the Bloody Mary service certainly helped to make it a relaxing time. If you want ot experience a certain life in New Orleans where there was existential luxury and satisfaction, there can be no better way than to visit the Royal Sonesta for the Thanksgiving Brunch.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oradell, New Jersey
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

Love the Sonesta. Centrally located on Bourbon Street yet inside, worlds away. Elegant yet comfortable with a super staff that always makes you feel at home. My Number One choice in New Orleans - and has been for 20 years.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Middletown
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

Hotel location is excellent , staff top notch, and our stay included a complimentary upgrade which we really enjoyed. Upgrade included private floor, complimentary breakfast and cocktail hours. Hotel is located right on bourbon st within walking distance of all major attractions.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans

Address: 300 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
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Location: United States > Louisiana > New Orleans
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Luxury Hotel in New Orleans
#16 Business Hotel in New Orleans
#16 Family Hotel in New Orleans
#17 Romantic Hotel in New Orleans
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans 4*
Number of rooms: 483
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Royal Sonesta Hotel is an Authentic New Orleans Experience located in the heart of the French Quarter 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 500-room hotel 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
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