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.

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Traveller rating

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Beautiful courtyards

May 16, 2019 Limoncelloh New York City, New York

It feels a bit like you’ve stepped back in time. The property is amazing and the courtyards are beautiful. The rooms were nicely decorated with antiques and were comfortable. Being in the quarter, I was a little worried about noise, but it was quiet enough for sleep. Good location for wandering around and soaking up the atmosphere. The staff was… Read more
It feels a bit like you’ve stepped back in time. The property is amazing and the courtyards are beautiful. The rooms were nicely decorated with antiques and were comfortable. Being in the quarter, I was a little worried about noise, but it was quiet enough for sleep. Good location for wandering around and soaking up the atmosphere. The staff was very friendly and helpful, even checking that our dinner reservation were in place. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Charming as long as you understand what you are booking

May 13, 2019 DandDeeNYC New York City, New York

I LOVE this hotel, but it is not for everyone. The location is absolutely perfect - a quick walk to everything in the French Quarter and on a quiet street where you escape from the hustle and bustle when you want. The staff is AMAZING - always happy, friendly, willing to help and willing to chat about all that is New Orleans. The morning scones… Read more
I LOVE this hotel, but it is not for everyone. The location is absolutely perfect - a quick walk to everything in the French Quarter and on a quiet street where you escape from the hustle and bustle when you want. The staff is AMAZING - always happy, friendly, willing to help and willing to chat about all that is New Orleans. The morning scones are wonderful. So, if you are looking for a charming boutique hotel with character, romance, and southern graciousness - then this is your place. HOWEVER, the place is a bit tattered. The rooms are in desperate need of a modern makeover, the bathrooms are not luxury by 2019 standards, and the technology is closer to 1980 (though the wifi works just fine!), On a recent visit with a group, most of our friends were frustrated at the quality of accomodations given the price point, but I simply love the Soniat House and its staff. If you want old world charm in the French Quarter, this is your place. Read less
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Apr 13, 2019 OyamachoOyamacho10

My wife and I stayed 4 days .. we had a wonderful room overlooking the inner courtyard.. the hotel is very quiet yet very close to the center of the the French Quarter.. all staff was very courteous and helpful.. only suggestion is to improve the breakfast which is not on par with the rest Would go back anytime
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Soniat House a serene historic mansion but only a short stroll to the "party".

Apr 11, 2019 No B Southern CA

Having lodging located just steps away from most boisterous "all hours" part of the French Quarter makes a visit to New Orleans much more enjoyable and seemingly safer. Soniat House is just a stroll away from Jackson Square and the entire French Quarter, plus the many jazz places on Frenchmen Street are an easy 7 minute walk in the other… Read more
Having lodging located just steps away from most boisterous "all hours" part of the French Quarter makes a visit to New Orleans much more enjoyable and seemingly safer. Soniat House is just a stroll away from Jackson Square and the entire French Quarter, plus the many jazz places on Frenchmen Street are an easy 7 minute walk in the other direction. Our two room grand suite was huge and beautifully furnished with antiques. It had a large, wrought iron embellished deck overlooking Chartres Street where small, joyous parades with lively music by "second line bands", occasionally passed by. Nights were quiet and the king bed was great. The bath was up-to-date as was just about everything else; A/C, WiFi, 2 TVs, good lighting,etc. It would have been nice if there was a power outlet at the desk. The continental breakfast in the picturesque and verdant interior courtyard was merely OK - good biscuits and juice but harsh coffee. The hotel kitchen could benefit with a Nespresso machine! Other places for breakfast (and lunch) are withing a 3-5 minute walk past interesting shops and historic buildings.. Soniat House has a comfortable self-service cocktail lounge next to the office with a well stocked honor bar which apparently is governed by the hotel cat, who may well be the hotel owner. The hotel is very private and secure. Access by the public is controlled. The staff was very friendly and helpful in every way.. Soniat House was a special once in a lifetime experience. Loved it! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating The Soniat House Hotel is the "Gem" of the French Quarter

Apr 6, 2019 SemperFi1973 Devon, Pennsylvania

This was my first time staying at the Soniat House but certainly won't be my last. The Soniat is located at the quiet end of the French Quarter yet within minutes you can be right in the middle of all activities. My room (#10) was at the front of the house, street side. Street noise was rare, what little there was was short lived. My room was… Read more
This was my first time staying at the Soniat House but certainly won't be my last. The Soniat is located at the quiet end of the French Quarter yet within minutes you can be right in the middle of all activities. My room (#10) was at the front of the house, street side. Street noise was rare, what little there was was short lived. My room was lovely, comfortable, well appointed and cozy.The staff at the Soniat are the best, Jill, Betty, Irvin and Hilary who greet you in the reception area. The gentlemen who bring your breakfast (yes, those wonderful homemade, hot,yummy biscuits) along with OJ,coffee and fresh fruit, also help with luggage and answer many questions are very friendly and can't do enough to make sure you are enjoying your stay. I felt like I was staying in someone's home as a very special guest. The housekeeping staff are prompt, helpful and accommodating. And then there's Claire, the Soniat's house cat. What a sweetheart she is, she roams around the beautiful courtyard and can also at times be found in the reception area, greeting new guests! While everyone at the Soniat are great, I have to give extra "kudo's" to Jill, who was always so pleasant, friendly and most helpful. No matter how often I stopped in with my questions, Jill always had a smile and valuable information to share.The day I checked out, I felt like I had made a new friend. Do yourself a favor, when next you visit NOLA, make sure you stay at the Soniat House Hotel, you'll be VERY glad you did. Read less