We live 40 miles away and frequently stay overnight to enjoy dinner and music in New Orleans. This was my first time at the Royal Sonesta and definitely now one of my favorites. (We stayed at the Roosevelt last Dec). Everything about it is classic and elegant without being over the top. Our room was spacious and well equipped - motion night lights under the bedside tables were unexpected and really handy. Large window and glass door to the poolside patio would be nice for other seasons. PJ's coffee in the lobby for afternoon pick-me-up, and Irvin Mayfield's Playhouse for after dinner (no cover - 1 drink minimum). Valet parking is underground $36 - normal for New Orleans. We had brunch in Restaurant Revolution - food was excellent and we knew it would be pricey, but overall we've had better experiences elsewhere in New Orleans. Can easily recommend this hotel for location, rooms, amenities and service.