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“Another perfect stay” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Royal Sonesta New Orleans

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Royal Sonesta New Orleans
Ranked #23 of 161 Hotels in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence
Lake Charles, Louisiana
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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Another perfect stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

We came back to the Sonesta to celebrate my daughter's 18th birthday. As usual...perfection. From the champagne sent to the room in honor of the occasion to the beautiful decorations and fun and festive atmosphere, we couldn't have asked for a better way to celebrate.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Lake Murray,SC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

Spent 4 nights at this great location for sightseeing and got the added benefit of all the beautiful Christmas decorations at this hotel and others in the area. Did not get rooms we requested (connecting rooms since we were 3 gals wanting to share two bathrooms), but we did not spend a lot of time in our rooms so it was OK. Nor did we get the requested balcony or patio rooms. The interior rooms we ended up with were clean and fine with one glaring exception...NO COFFEE MAKERS in the rooms. Room service coffee for a small pot was $14+tax+$3.25 delivery charge+tip making a few cups of coffee for the morning very costly. Do not understand a hotel this nice not having coffee in the rooms. All of the staff we dealt with were very friendly and very helpful. Especially the concierge! Very helpful in planning our City tours away from the French Quarter. Helpful hint for area transportation-Get a $3.00 24 hour pass for the trolley cars and bus. You can hop on and off any city bus or trolley with the pass. I would stay here again because of the location. But, I may walk up the block to Canal St. corner to the CVS and buy a cheap coffee maker for my room and just throw it away when I leave. Would have been cheaper than one day of room service coffee...LOL

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Colleen M, Manager at Royal Sonesta New Orleans, responded to this review, December 26, 2012
Lakecliff, thank you for choosing the Royal Sonesta Hotel on your recent visit to New Orleans. We appreciate your taking the time to share your experience with our friendly staff at this convenient location in the heart of the French Quarter, however we apologize that the room type you preferred was not available. And we are very sorry for the lack of an in-room coffee maker in our guest rooms. Please know that in addition to coffee through room service, our PJ’s Coffee Café on the lobby level is open 6a.m.-9p.m. daily. We are reviewing our policy on in-room coffee so we appreciate the feedback. On your future travels, we hope you will consider one of our Sonesta Collection hotels located throughout the United States.
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

We stayed in the Royal Sonesta in early November. Had a small balcony on the 2nd floor of the building in Conti Street. The hotel, as most are, is very old. The rooms were updated and that's what mattered most to us. No coffee maker in the room was an unwelcomed discovery, but just downstairs was PJ's, which I'm sure is why they choose not to place coffee in the room, but, PJ's was fine. My husband and I really need that cup of coffee to go out and get that cup of coffee, but we managed.
The beds were beyond comfortable. Best nights sleep in ages. Very hard to leave that bed but will all NOLA has to see and do, we forced ourselves.
The hotel had one bank of 2 elevators but even with just 2, we never waited long for one.
We didn't eat at the hotel because we were out and about but I heard comments that people enjoiyed their food. Great choice for hotels if you want to be in the thick of the Bourbon St action!

Room Tip: Stay on a side street if you value your sleep!
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Patty1103
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Colleen M, Manager at Royal Sonesta New Orleans, responded to this review, December 26, 2012
Patty, we are sorry for the lack of an in-room coffee maker in your guest room. We are reviewing this situation so appreciate your comment. We are glad that you enjoyed a good nights rest on our comfortable beddings, which Sonesta prides itself on. Please know that complete room renovations are planned for 2013, and we have already renovated the third and fourth levels.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

We have just returned from this fantastic Hotel. The staff , ambiance & food at Desire are absolutely Fantastic. The manager of the R club Level Darin is amazing he is a mind of information and pleasant and helpful at all times a real asset to the sonesta group. The hotel is placed right in the middle of Bourbon street so is just about the centre af all the action. we would recommend this Hotel 100 per cent.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Colleen M, Manager at Royal Sonesta New Orleans, responded to this review, December 26, 2012
Ericwyn, we are looking forward to sharing your comments with our team! Thank you for choosing to stay in our R Club concierge level at the Royal Sonesta Hotel and for sharing this feedback of your stay. We appreciate your high recommendation of our property and teams at Desire Bistro & Oyster Bar and in the R Club, and we hope you come see us next time you’re in New Orleans!
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Beaumont, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

First, this hotel's location is its main attraction. In the heart of the French Quarter. Near the sin of Bourbon Street, but safe from it. The rooms are small and somewhat dated. The beds are very small and past their replacement date. It is clean, but just feels a little "ick" seeps in from the street. The staff is cordial, but I would not necessarily call them friendly. They certainly are courteous if you are the one who starts the conversation. The staff will only speak if spoken to. If you want over the top service, this is not the hotel for you. If you want location, then it is.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Colleen M, Manager at Royal Sonesta New Orleans, responded to this review, December 26, 2012
David, thank you for taking the time to review our guest rooms, staff, and location and bringing these issues to our attention. Please know that your comments are very important and we take them very seriously as we pride ourselves on our friendly service and staff. We hope you will try us again and find the warmth that most people comment on.
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San Antonio, Texas
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71 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

A very nice visit. The Royal Sonesta is directly on Bourbon Street, oh my what more could you ask for? Our room was nice not what we asked for. We squeezed in a roll away for the evening, you know they were busy! Our Window overlooked Bourbon St.and it is quite picturesque across from the Music Legends Park. The music flowing up to our window was out of the 40'S and quite remarkable. After a walk down the street and sipping our fabulous Hurricane we found steps that led us up to a balcony where we were able to watch all the festivities going on below. The music coming out the many doorways we passed was delightful!. Any kind that you would like. Great Musicians everywhere. Once we fell asleep we didn't even know there was anything down below. In the morning my husband and daughter ventured down to the hotel desk to have a chat about our room..After an hour and a half the lovely lady, a manager and several phone cals to whom we weren't sure they relented and gave us a new room with two beds at least! Oh yes a towel upgrade also. The couryard/ pool area was lovely. Ask for a room there maybe you will be able to get one. The hotel has several restaurants. We found Dessire to be a great spot for a fab breakfast. If you don't like sounds from the street this is not the place to stay. We found it wonderful, others complained. I asked if they knew where they were? Five stars I cannot give the Sonesta, people asleep in the lobby not my favorite site. Everything you need just a few blocks away, loved Canal Street, French Market, Coop's Place, Jackson Square, Grapevine Restaurant, Everyone helpful that we spoke with, a most friendly atmosphere. Oh did I tell you we booked our room 2 months before our visit and they did not have one with two queen beds? Remember it was Thanksgiving. Truly remarkable!

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Kathleen73
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Colleen M, Manager at Royal Sonesta New Orleans, responded to this review, December 26, 2012
Kathleen, we are honored that you chose the Royal Sonesta Hotel for your Thanksgiving celebration this year! We are very sorry for the inconvenience of not having your requested room type available upon your arrival, but we are happy to know how much you enjoyed your stay regardless. We will address this comment regarding our lobby, and we hope that this trip is the start of future visits to New Orleans for you and your family. We look forward to seeing you again!
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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

I made a reservation at another hotel for me, my wife and my youngest daughter, who had never been to New Orleans. When we arrived, I was appalled, and knew I had to find another place to stay right away. Royal Sonesta was just around the corner. When I entered the hotel, I was greeted by an amazing array of Christmas trees and lights that immediately told me that I had chosen the correct spot; however, that was just the beginning. Nicole, one of the front desk personnel, personally showed me 2 different rooms at my request, and I ended up booking a suite. She gave me what I felt was a terrific rate on short notice, and generally gave me the type of service that you might receive from a concierge at a 5-star resort, if you were lucky. I will absolutely stay at Royal Sonesta again, and I hope somehow Nicole gets the recognition from this review that she deserves !

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Colleen M, Manager at Royal Sonesta New Orleans, responded to this review, December 26, 2012
Dear Michael,
Thank you for this review regarding your first visit to the Royal Sonesta Hotel in New Orleans, and the outstanding five star service you received from Nicole at the front desk. I am pleased to know she provided you a “royal” experience. The Royal Sonesta consistently strives to create an authentic New Orleans experience with the dining and entertainment experiences our guests have always imagined by offering the highest level of customer service possible. Inspiring comments such as yours reaffirm that we are reaching that goal. We truly value your patronage Michael and look forward to serving you again.
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Property: Royal Sonesta New Orleans
Address: 300 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
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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 (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Royal Sonesta New Orleans 4*
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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