We just stayed at the Soniat for 4 nights. The location was absolutely great- 3 blocks from Frenchmen Street with is where you'll find a ton of great local music, usually for the price of one drink. a few blocks from Jackson Square. Quiet area away from the crowds. The rooms were clean and the beds were excellent, with soft, downlike pillows.
The service is also great- they will take care of anything you need and all of the front desk folks are trained concierges. They will provide breaakfast in your room for $12 per person, but we didn't try that. There's an excellent coffee and bakery place around the corner.
The only downside for us was guest noise- we started on the first floor, and you can hear every step of the guests above you because your wooden ceiling is their floor. We are noise-sensitive and this was a problem. Our first room also had a musty odor which they controlled with a dehumidifier in the room.
Also, our room had almost no natural light, because it faced onto the courtyard (it didn't help that the weather was overcast for most of our stay). This seems like it shouldn't be a problem since you're going to be out all day anyway, but that's just us- we really wanted natural light in the morning.
These things can't be helped as this property, along with most others in the French Quarter, are historic buildings with the limitations that brings. The rooms were dark by design to keep the hot sun out in the summer. First floor rooms sometimes have to deal with humidity leaching out of the ground.
That said, they went out of their way to accomodate us- first moving us to another first-floor room which had no odor but was even noisier. Then when we were going to check out early, the owner moved us to an amazing suite up on the 3rd floor where we had lots of light and no noise above us- for the same price we'd been paying. There are lots of 2nd floor rooms which might have been fine but they were all occupied.
So if you want a hotel room in the ugly, noisy southern part of the French Quarter, stay at the Monteleone. But if you want to be where all the good stuff is (except good oyster bars- they are near the Monteleone but still walking distance from Soniat), stay here! I would definitely stay again- I'll just be more careful about my room preferences.
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- Also Known As:
- Soniat House Hotel New Orleans
- Soniat Hotel New Orleans