4.4 out of 5

"The Royal Sonesta New Orleans was my first choice hotel. It's location on Bourbon Street is in the middle of everything and cannot be beat. From the S ... " More

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Hotel Description

A romantic stay in New Orleans awaits you at Royal Sonesta New Orleans. Within just a 15-minute stroll, you'll find popular places like Jackson Square and French Market. Highlights at this hotel include 4 restaurants, 5 bars/lounges, and an outdoor swimming pool.

You can enjoy flat-screen TVs with cable channels, and all 483 rooms feature free wired Internet, iPod docks, and separate bathtubs and showers. In-room dining is easy with amenities like refrigerators and round-the-clock room service. Pillowtop beds and premium bedding welcome you to a good night's rest, and other nice touches include bathrobes and designer toiletries. Additionally, coffee/tea makers, safes, and hair dryers are available.

The bistro, Desire Oyster Bar, is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Le Booze is the hotel's own bar, serving drinks along with light fare. Enjoy the nightclub, fitness center, pool cabanas, and pool loungers. 20000 square feet (1858 square meters) of event facilities include 21 meeting rooms and conference space, and other business amenities include a 24-hour business center and limo/town car service. Other amenities include free WiFi in public areas, a coffee shop/café, and laundry facilities. Cooked-to-order breakfast is available daily between 6:30 AM and 11:30 AM. There's also valet parking, along with the convenience of car rentals on site.

Within a 30-minute walk of this 4.5-star French Quarter hotel, attractions include Mercedes-Benz Superdome and National World War II Museum.

Deluxe Room, 1 Queen Bed, Non Smoking

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
$149 per night

Deluxe Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking, Balcony (Interior)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Room, 2 Queen Beds, Non Smoking, Balcony (Interior)

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking, Balcony (Bourbon Balcony)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking, Balcony (Side Street Balcony)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Royal Sonesta New Orleans ratings based on 147 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.4 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.5 out of 5.0
5 out of 5

Great Location, Great Property

Pros: Location and comfort. It was great to have a really central place in the French Quarter as home base.
Location: In the heart of the French Quarter - walking distance from Jackson Square and its artists; lots of tours and bars within stumbling distance.
The Royal Sonesta New Orleans was my first choice hotel. It's location on Bourbon Street is in the middle of everything and cannot be beat. From the Sonesta, all of the French Quarter is a five or ten minute walk, which is ideal. A couple highlight: The 24 hour exercise room is located in the basement but is well equipped, immaculately clean, and big enough that you don't feel as if you're falling over other guests when using it. The rooms aren't huge, but they're well appointed. The beds are wonderfully comfortable. My room was absolutely spotless when I checked in. Room service was prompt and the food was excellent but it is absurdly overpriced. Unless you're very tuckered out, I would walk the fifty feet to one of the nearby restaurants. The food in the various restaurants is excellent. The staff here are well trained, friendly, and very knowledgeable. So, let me share an amusing moment. I arrived on a Saturday. The hotel was bustling. There was a very formal wedding taking places with people in tuxes and gowns. It was Saturday so there were drunk tourists all over the place as well. The contrast was stark and entertaining.

Posted by , from Salt Lake City, UT on Oct 27, 2017

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Oct 31, 2017 by Guest Services

Dear Glenden, We’re delighted that you enjoyed our central location, and we hope this enabled you to get the most out of your time here in the French Quarter. We love providing clean and comfortable accommodations and pleasant surprises (such as our fitness center,) and we’re so glad you took advantage of all we have to offer! As you’ve discovered, both Desire Oyster Bar and Restaurant R’evolution are popular among tourists and locals alike, and for good reason! There’s always something new to experience here in New Orleans and we love hearing from guests, such as yourself, who are entertained and appreciate it all. We can’t wait to welcome you back! Cordially, Royal Sonesta New Orleans

5 out of 5

September 2017 vacation

Awesome staff. Beautiful and super clean and comfortable. Within walking distance to everything we wanted to visit

Posted by , from Pennsylvania on Sep 12, 2017

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Sep 15, 2017 by Guest Services

Dear Rita, We love impressing our guests, and we’re glad we provided all you needed for an unforgettable experience here in the French Quarter. There’s always more to see and do so come back soon! Kind regards, Royal Sonesta New Orleans

3 out of 5

Desperately needs an update

Pros: Reps at front desk very helpful; very scenic courtyard; live jazz every night; decent restaurants; hotel location was centrally located.
Cons: No outdoor furniture with the interior balcony view; outdated decor and furniture in disrepair (see pics); poor housekeeping;
Location: Located on bourbon st - so if you're here mostly for bars, this is ultimate location; otherwise, outside quarter is cleaner, safer, & great shopping
I was disappointed in the room. I spent a lot of time researching hotels before choosing. I was attracted to this hotel because the room appeared to be bright, cheerful, and modern. What I got was small(er than expected), outdated, and frankly, sad. I upgraded the room for more space, but unfortunately same decor followed. I also didn't understand why the balcony came with no futurniture. So even though they had a very beautiful courtyard, it was hard to enjoy standing up. Needless to say, choosing this option was a waste of money. Another disappointment was the location. I've never been to New Orleans and had the impression that a hotel right on Bourbon street was the ultimate option. WRONG!! I found out too late that Bourban is known for its bars, souvenor shops, and very drunk people. That's great if that's why you're going. But I found that the areas just a block away to be much cleaner and safer.

Posted by , from Chicago on Aug 31, 2017

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Sep 6, 2017 by Guest Services

Dear Cheryl, Your kind comments regarding our Royal Sonesta colleagues are most appreciated and our team members at The Jazz Playhouse were thrilled to learn that you enjoyed the live music featured during your visit. We appreciate your added feedback and regret to learn that our Bourbon Street location left you wanting more. We appreciate that the buzz and energy that awaits just beyond our front doors may not be a good fit for all, though should you join us again, as we hope you will, perhaps an experience in The R Club, our concierge level, would change your mind. Warm Regards, Royal Sonesta New Orleans

4 out of 5

First time in NoLA

The best part about my trip was the hotel From the moment we walked in some greeted us and asked us if we needed help Bourbon street was a little to much for me and my wife but the hotel was a great way to escape the chaos. The pool was great location was great

Posted by , from Providence RI on Aug 26, 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

Aug 29, 2017 by RSNO

Dear Hector, As you discovered, our great city offers much more than just the vibrant celebrations of Bourbon Street and we are pleased that members of our team were able to help you in identifying some of the destinations that would appeal to you and your wife, from the Garden District to the galleries and boutiques on Magazine Street, there is something for everyone in the Crescent City. We thank you for taking the time to share your feedback and we invite you to visit again soon. Best Regards, Royal Sonesta New Orleans

5 out of 5

Great stay!

Wonderful staff. Loved Jazz club and restaurants. Perfect location downtown.

Posted by , from texas on Jul 9, 2017

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Jul 13, 2017 by RSNO

Greetings meliss, Please hurry back! It was a joy to welcome you and we are elated that you so thoroughly enjoyed your time with us from start to finish. The pleasure was ours and we look forward to seeing you again! Best Regards, Royal Sonesta New Orleans

4 out of 5

Oops

Pros: Beautiful well maintained, friendly
Cons: Communication and following thru on what promised.
Location: Right on bourbon street.
Reserved room with balcony on Bourbon street. Arrived to find construction on Bourbon st. Given. Room off a side street with balcony and told it was on corner with view of Bourbon st.. It was not and was still being charged for bourbon street view. Felt I should have been notified in advance of the issue. After refusing that room and rooming with others that were with us in their room, was told I would be given vouchers for breakfast which never occurred. Next day I addressed the issue again and was given breakfast for free and paid for parking. This was acceptable, but should have a happened without me having to readdress the issue. Great location and beautiful hotel. I realize construction was not their fault but it was not handled properly in my opinion.

Posted by , from Florida on Jun 11, 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

Jun 16, 2017 by Guest Services

Dear Mo, We were delighted to welcome you and thank you for sharing your feedback! We apologize that we may have been unable to get in touch with you prior to your arrival, but we had short notice on the City Improvement Project and attempted to notify guests as soon as possible when we learned the news. While we’re pleased to see that you enjoyed your time here in the French Quarter and were satisfied with the resolution offered by our team, we regret that your experience was not as flawless as we would have hoped. We appreciate your patience and follow up in resolving the matter and are glad you enjoyed the beauty and location of our property. We hope you’ll be back again once the construction on Bourbon Street is complete to enjoy the true Royal Sonesta New Orleans experience! All the best, Royal Sonesta New Orleans

5 out of 5

Room intrusion

While lying in bed about 9 am we received a knock at the door. Just as I got to the door an employee of the bottle water company you use walked right in on me. Good thing I was clothed.

Posted by , from Arizona on May 5, 2017

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May 10, 2017 by RSNO

Dear clsgarcia, Warm greetings from the Crescent City and thank you for taking the time to share your review. While we are warmed to know that your visit was thoroughly enjoyed, we regret to learn of the added details you have shared. Please be certain that outside vendors are not provided with access to rooms and that the person who entered would had to have been one of our own hotel colleagues. This does not change your experience and we again extend our apologies and thank you for bringing this to our attention so that we can be certain the matter is not repeated. Once more, it was a treat to welcome you to the French Quarter and we hope that we can one day do so again. Warm Regards, Royal Sonesta New Orleans

5 out of 5

Good location on bourbon st

The best way to see new Orleans did not have to rent a car will stay there again

Posted by , from cayuga new york on Apr 21, 2017

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Apr 27, 2017 by RSNO

Dear Kevin, Warm greetings from the Crescent City and thank you for sharing your review. We are elated to read that you will be joining us again and we hope that might be one day soon. Warm Regards, Royal Sonesta New Orleans

5 out of 5

Great Bourbon Street Hotel!

Location: Perfect if you want a nicer hotel on Bourbon. Walking distance to most main attractions and the St Charles Streetcar.
Would absolutely stay here again. Hotel was very nice, staff was friendly and helpful. And there seemed to be lots of staff around, so no long waiting time to get help or check in/out. Bed was very comfortable. Room was clean. Did not eat at the hotel restaurant, but it did look very nice. Nice courtyard and pool area. Had courtyard facing room...there were a couple weddings a day in the courtyard you could hear a bit in the room. But they did not run late so were no bother and kind of fun to watch over and hear. Not sure what a Bourbon street room would be like noise wise. It was a girls trip and we never felt unsafe walking back to the hotel, even late at night. Stayed on the RClub level. The wait staff in the club were great. Always cheery and helpful. The RClub offered lite breakfast. Cookies, water, coffee, fruit throughout the day. Wine, beer, champagne, and appetizers (for example gumbo, hummus, bbq sliders, etc) for 2 hours in the evening. Also, nice balcony in the RClub room to enjoy. Great to have a drink and a snack while getting ready to head out for the evening. Concierge staff on that floor were also very available and very helpful with suggestions and anything you needed.

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017

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Apr 7, 2017 by RSNO

Greetings, While we are always tickled to receive rave reviews about our Sonesta beds and the culinary treats served in our various restaurants, what warms us most are kind comments like yours which highlight the genuine hospitality of our Royal Sonesta colleagues. It is their welcoming spirit which makes us stand apart and we thank you for taking the time to share your thoughtful and detailed review. We suspect your travels will soon have you visiting our great city again and when you do, we hope that you will plan to make yourself at home with us once again. Warm Regards, Royal Sonesta New Orleans

5 out of 5

The best

The place was absolutely awesome And the staff is great

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017

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Apr 3, 2017 by RSNO

Greetings! We were tickled to find your review and we thank you for taking the time to share. It was a pleasure to host you and we look forward to welcoming you again one day soon. Warm Regards, Royal Sonesta New Orleans

About the Royal Sonesta New Orleans

Location 300 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Property Features

Royal Sonesta New Orleans offers its guests an outdoor pool and a fitness center. There are 4 restaurants on site, along with a coffee shop/café. You can enjoy a drink at one of the bars, which include 5 bars/lounges and a poolside bar. WiFi and wired Internet are free in public spaces. Business amenities include a 24-hour business center, limo/town car service, and meeting rooms. Event space at this hotel measures 20000 square feet (1858 square meters) and includes conference space. A nightclub, a terrace, and tour/ticket assistance are also featured at the business-friendly Royal Sonesta New Orleans. For a fee, parking is available. This 4.5-star New Orleans hotel is smoke free.

  • 483 guestrooms or units
  • 7 levels
  • 4 dining venues
  • 5 bars or lounges
  • 21 conference rooms
  • 20000 sq ft of conference space
  • 1858 sq m of conference space
  • Built in 1969
  • Nightclub
  • Bar by the pool
  • Coffee shop
  • Cabanas by the pool (surcharge)
  • Poolside lounge chairs
  • Business center (24 hours)
  • Conference space
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Express check-out
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Car service
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Wedding services available
  • Terrace
  • Gift shop
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • ATM
  • Onsite shopping
  • Bellhop
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry facilities
  • Refrigerator
  • Free cribs/infant beds

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free wired Internet

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

Parking

Valet parking (surcharge)

Transport

  • Airport: New Orleans, LA (MSY-Louis Armstrong New Orleans Intl.) (25.8 km / 16.1 mi)
  • Train station: New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal (2.4 km / 1.5 mi)
  • Parking: Valet parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

Royal Sonesta New Orleans offers 483 air-conditioned accommodations with iPod docking stations and laptop-compatible safes. Pillowtop beds feature premium bedding. Flat-screen televisions come with cable channels. Refrigerators and coffee/tea makers are provided. Bathrooms include separate bathtubs and showers, bathrobes, designer toiletries, and complimentary toiletries. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wired Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones. Additionally, rooms include hair dryers and irons/ironing boards. A nightly turndown service is provided and housekeeping is offered daily. Amenities available on request include hypo-allergenic bedding.

  • Pillowtop beds
  • IPod dock
  • In-room dining (24 hours)
  • Flat-screen television
  • Cable channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee maker
  • Luxury bedding
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Separate shower and tub
  • Cribs (free)
  • Rollaway beds (surcharge)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Nightly turndown service
  • Hair dryer
  • Laptop safe
  • Bathrobes
  • Designer toiletries
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy cooked-to-order breakfast daily from 6:30 AM to 11:30 AM.

Desire Oyster Bar - This bistro serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. Happy hour is offered.

The Jazz Playhouse - Onsite restaurant. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. Open daily.

Le Booze - This bar serves light fare only. Happy hour is offered. Open daily.

24-hour room service is available.

Nearby Activities

The Royal Sonesta New Orleans offers a chemical-free, salt-based outdoor swimming pool in an enclosed courtyard. Pool cabanas and pool sun loungers are also available at a surcharge. A complimentary fitness center is also on site featuring cardio machines, built-in TVs, free weights, and strength machines.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near the hotel; fees may apply.

  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Golfing nearby

Accessibility

If you need to make special requests for accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when booking your stay.

  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies

Check-in

  • Check-in time starts at 4 PM
  • Check-in time ends at midnight
  • Minimum check-in age is 21

Check-out

  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children 18 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!

Pets

  • Pets: USD 75 per pet, per stay
  • Only dogs and cats are allowed
  • Maximum 1 per room (weight limit: 30 lb)

Policies

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

Fees

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: between USD 16 and USD 20 per person (approximately)
  • Valet parking fee: USD 41 per day (in/out privileges)
  • Pet fee: USD 75 per pet, per stay
  • Rollaway beds are available for an additional fee

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Royal Sonesta
  • Royal Sonesta Hotel
  • Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans
  • Royal Sonesta New Orleans
  • New Orleans Royal Sonesta
  • New Orleans Sonesta Hotel
  • Sonesta Hotel New Orleans
  • Sonesta New Orleans
  • Royal Sonesta New Orleans Hotel

You should know

  • Children 18 years old and younger stay free in the same room as the parent or guardian when using existing bedding.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.