If you stay here you know why, the location in the French Quarter. The hotel public spaces and restaurants are decorated ornately and kept clean and clutter free. This helps during high volume times and festivals. The hotel provides security to help keep some of the lower aspects from Bourbon Street out.
The only issue comes when you get to the room. For the price you would expect a nice modern room, especially after all the renovations occurring at other places in and around New Orleans. While the room is not horrible, there is nothing to rave about, but more is expected for the price. The bathrooms seem industrial with outdated showers and rough looking ceilings. The decor and feel of the room is old and the A/C blows smoke smelling air into non-smoking rooms. The TV is new and the beds are nice.
The one aspect that may cause the most disturbance for guests is the noise. This does not predominately come from Bourbon Street as one might expect. Yes the rooms facing Bourbon Street have the sights and sounds seep in, but this becomes unnoticeable with a long stay. The guests walking, running, or stumbling down the internal hallways becomes the main focus at 3am. The rooms for whatever reason have little sound proofing for the Bachelor parties that are present and the main entrance doors to the rooms stop about an inch and a half from the floor.
The Royal Sonesta however has some great deals during the off-season and the previous mentioned issues are not a deal breaker for me. Check out their patios and the pool for a nice break from the activities of the Quarter.
- 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
- New Orleans Sonesta Hotel
- Sonesta New Orleans
- Royal Sonesta Hotel