Soniat House

New Orleans, Louisiana

The hotel

Part of the fabric of the French Quarter, behind the ebony wrought-iron balconies, bottle-green shutters and classic red bricks of Soniat House, you get the authentic New Orleans experience. An intimate boutique hotel, just 3 blocks from Jackson Square, these 3 townhouses were built by a French Sugar Plantation owner in the 1830s and are now cared for by the Smiths. They’ve created a retreat so timeless and genuine that it’s made it into ‘1,000 Places to See Before you Die’ and Fodor’s Guide’s top 20 hotels in the world – although you still get modern touches like complimentary WiFi. Little details like bespoke room décor, courtyards where you can take breakfast, and a living room where you can pour yourself a glass of champagne or mix yourself a cocktail at the honor bar, make it feel like home.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Internet Access
  • Close to City Centre

Where is it

Only 3 blocks from the French Quarter’s buzzing heart, Jackson Square, this hotel sits in one of the quarter’s more laid-back residential streets, but is still just a stroll from its sights and sounds. Transfer time from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport: 30 minutes.

Hotel information

31 rooms and suites. All with flatscreen HDTV with cable channels, complimentary WiFi, iPod docking/charging station, alarm clock, safe, hairdryer, iron and board, bathrobes, and daily newspaper. Junior Suites have a small sitting area and a Jacuzzi bathtub. Most have a balcony or direct courtyard access, with 1 king-size or 1 queen-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

One Bedroom Suites have a separate sitting room. Most have a Jacuzzi bathtub and French doors leading to a courtyard or carriageway, with 1 king-size or 1 queen-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Southern breakfasts* (served in the courtyard or your room). Honor bar* (in sitting room, with wine, champagne, and cocktail ingredients). Wine cellar* (French and American wines, served to your chosen location). In-room massage service*. Soniat House Antiques Gallery (18th-20th century French, English and Italian antiques, gallery and shop). Complimentary WiFi. Concierge (24-hour).

*Denotes local charge.

Rating summary

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Elegant, accommodating, relaxing

Dec 17, 2019 LabLover61 Woodstock, Vermont

Our three night stay, at the Soniat House, was perfect. After a long day of travel, we were warmly greeted by the staff and made to feel at home. Our room had its own balcony where we sat and had breakfast (oh, I can still taste those hot biscuits) or a glass of wine. Our bed was very comfortable and cozy. We found the Soniat House to be… Read more
Our three night stay, at the Soniat House, was perfect. After a long day of travel, we were warmly greeted by the staff and made to feel at home. Our room had its own balcony where we sat and had breakfast (oh, I can still taste those hot biscuits) or a glass of wine. Our bed was very comfortable and cozy. We found the Soniat House to be quiet. The premises are pristine and inviting. The location is perfect for walking around the city. Being in the French quarter is a plus. What a great place to stay for our first trip to New Orleans. Thank yo7 to all the wonderful staff! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A perfect NOLA stay

Dec 2, 2019 adveturesomesoul Chicago, Illinois

We stayed at the Soniat House for the first time, and simply put, it was perfect for us. It’s located in a residential part of the Quarter, but the main road does get a decent amount of traffic at all times, so don’t pick a room facing the street if you are a light sleeper. The rooms are a good size, well appointed with updated bathrooms all in a… Read more
We stayed at the Soniat House for the first time, and simply put, it was perfect for us. It’s located in a residential part of the Quarter, but the main road does get a decent amount of traffic at all times, so don’t pick a room facing the street if you are a light sleeper. The rooms are a good size, well appointed with updated bathrooms all in a traditional style. The hotel is more like a wonderful private residence with a lovely courtyard, inviting common rooms, and continental breakfast served all day. The staff are very professional and are there promptly if you need them but are quietly out of the way. This is a quintessential NOLA experience which may not be for everyone, particularly those seeking more traditional hotel style amenities, such as a large bar or gym, etc. We look forward to returning in the future. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Keep a close eye on your valuables

Nov 30, 2019 SPS927 Setauket, New York

The hotel is in a location convenient for the French Quarter. We spent three nights in a large overpriced room off the courtyard -- dated but nicely decorated. Some lamps were not in working order. A very small, older, but adequate bathroom. The in-room breakfast service featured excellent coffee and biscuits and two out of three mornings the… Read more
The hotel is in a location convenient for the French Quarter. We spent three nights in a large overpriced room off the courtyard -- dated but nicely decorated. Some lamps were not in working order. A very small, older, but adequate bathroom. The in-room breakfast service featured excellent coffee and biscuits and two out of three mornings the service was on time. On the third, and last morning, the service was 30 minutes later than the 30 minute wait promised. The staff was clearly overwhelmed that morning. All positive features of the hotel were compromised, however, by the fact that one evening we left the hotel before turndown service and left a ring on a nightstand and when we returned it was gone. Leaving it there was our fault, no question, but the salt on the wound was the blasé attitude of the hotel management. They said they were sorry, yes, but seemed to treat this as an entirely routine occurrence, We had to follow up with the front desk to find out if the staff had located the ring, rather than anyone following up with us. Bottom line: use the in-room safe and watch your valuables -- should you chose to stay in this older, overpriced hotel. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating The most elegant in the French Quarter

Sep 29, 2019 Cobramom415 New Orleans, Louisiana

I used to stay here in the past and suggest to anyone I know. Beautiful hotel for some rest and relaxation... Gorgeous rooms. I think it is the nicest small hotel you can find in New Orleans. Quiet and nice neighboorhood.
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Aug 3, 2019 4_inda_family Morgan Hill, California

It’s been a year since we stayed at this hotel and it sticks with us. We want to go back and enjoy the delicious breakfast biscuits on our balcony watching the morning activities in the street. It is in a great location on the quieter side of the quarter. Close enough to walk all around but far enough that you are not worried about the crowds.… Read more
It’s been a year since we stayed at this hotel and it sticks with us. We want to go back and enjoy the delicious breakfast biscuits on our balcony watching the morning activities in the street. It is in a great location on the quieter side of the quarter. Close enough to walk all around but far enough that you are not worried about the crowds. There are tours that go by in the street that create probably the most traffic. Great location, great service, great hospitality. Will stay here next time if we can. Read less