My family - wife and 10 and 11 year old daughters recently spent a week at the Royal Sonesta from June 14-21. This is a great hotel in the heart of the French Quarter. The staff is exceptional especially Russell and Milton the concierges. The hotel is in walking distance to everything you would want to do in the Quarter. Our room was located on the patio/pool level so it was removed from the action on Bourbon Street. But Bourbon Street is a one of a kind destination in itself. Our room was spacious and very clean. We also enjoyed the hotel's restaurants including Desire and Begues. Also, the nightly jazz at Irvin Mayfield's near the hotel lobby was a highlight of every evening in New Orleans. The staff there was great especially Michael. Everyone we met in New Orleans was friendly and hospitable. The city is a great place to visit on a family vacation. And the Royal Sonesta is the place to begin your trip to New Orleans.