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“Royal Treatment on Bourbon Street”

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Royal Sonesta New Orleans
Ranked #29 of 166 Hotels in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 2, 2012

After avoiding staying on Bourbon Street my entire life, I finally succumb to a "real" French Quarter experience. I could not have imagined such a great time. The Royal Sonesta provided only the best during our Thanksgiving stay. Quiet comfortable rooms on the R Club level. Daily breakfast and PJ's coffee and evening cocktails and hors d' oeuvres in the R Club lounge made for a great beginnings for our days and our evenings. Located within walking distance to EVERYTHING.
A special thanks to Dan and Cheri in the R Club for making our adult family Thanksgiving truly special.

Room Tip: R Club rooms are located on a dedicated floor (7) on the back of the property. Absolutely no noise f...
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 1, 2012

The Royal Sonesta is a haven of tranquillity in the hustle and bustle of Bourbon Street and New Orleans! It felt much more like a 5* hotel rather than a 4*, it's very luxurious, the staff are wonderful, and the pool is lovely! The rooms are large and comfortable and perfect for returning to after a busy day in the city. You couldn't get a better location!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 1, 2012

This place is beautifully appointed and charming. The staff is wonderful. This place is on the main drag. If you want to be in the center of it all and don't mind not sleeping until 4 a.m., this place is for you!! I do believe there are rooms that don't oversee the main drag and I wish I had one of them. If so, my review would be slightly different. If pleasure is the reason you are here - go for it. If you want the craziness and the debauchery the French Quarter has to offer with 5 star accommodations - go for it! If you are there for business, look slightly further.

Room Tip: Know your appetite for being in the center of it all and your need for sleep. Communicate that in a...
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 30, 2012

Stayed at the Royal Sonesta in June 2012 because I wanted to be near Bourbon Street being that having a car was pointless. It was the best decision I made because it was right in the middle of all the action. Check in was very easy and quick. The room, though small and a little dated, was very comfortable. And the best thing I enjoyed about this hotel was that when I was ready to escape the "fun" of Bourbon Street, I could walk through the doors of the Royal Sonesta and enter a totally new world where I felt safe.

Room Tip: If you are a light sleeper, do not choose a room facing Bourbon Street.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 28, 2012

Stayed in September 2012. First time in N'awleans. This is a lovely hotel inside and out. You can't get any closer to all the craziness of the French Quarter/Bourbon Street experience. Ornate, refined lobby with fresh flowers everywhere. Great Blues/jazz club right off the lobby. The staff were friendly, enthusiastic and always helpful. We really enjoyed the interior "courtyard" with lots of pool action, easy-going bartenders and other guests from all over the place.
Now, we had a few minor issues. The door and lock combo to the courtyard was misaligned and difficult to open and close. Nice looking door, but not very functional. Perhaps the worst surprise was our first night when we arrived from Canada via Arkansas. Opened up some drawers to put our clothes away and found in the drawers.........drawers (AKA underwear), just slightly used, quite racy and exotic, I might add. Next drawer contained some very colourful wigs or they might have been hair extensions, also slightly used looking so we knew it wasn't some strange local gift, like a shower cap or some such freebie. The last things we found were a few plates and some cutlery. This appeared clean and unused.......which was great because I then used the cutlery as salad tongs, gingerly picked up the skimpys and wigs, put that gross stuff on the plates and deposited the drawer "surprise package" in the garbage without having to touch it with my hands. Luckily we had some sanitizer (don't leave home without it), so we used that on the drawers, waited 'til morning, then unpacked our clothes and put them in the drawers. To be fair, maybe the maids do not check drawers as part of their cleaning routine. If they don't, they should. Finding this stuff was an unpleasant experience, but it makes for a good story, and in some ways, mirrors the New Orleans style. We howled about it later. No harm done really. Perhaps the previous occupants had too much of a good time on their last night. Yup, that could happen. All in all, this is a good hotel in a great city. You should go.

Room Tip: Outside rooms have great balconies for "party central". Inside rooms are quieter and overl...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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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
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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.

Room Tip: All of the rooms appeared to be a great choice.
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Royal Sonesta New Orleans

Address: 300 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 70130-2213
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Location: United States > Louisiana > New Orleans > French Quarter
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 Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#11 Luxury Hotel in New Orleans
#14 Family Hotel in New Orleans
#25 Romantic Hotel in New Orleans
#27 Business Hotel in New Orleans
Price Range: $195 - $524 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Royal Sonesta New Orleans 4.5*
Number of rooms: 483
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
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