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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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Fantastic stay

Mar 9, 2020 LondonMcTraveller Great Missenden, United Kingdom

We have just finished a 5 night stay at the Soniat & loved it. Beautiful buildings at the quieter end of Chatres street, warm, friendly staff, fabulous suite with stunning verandah and delicious home baked breakfasts. Honesty bar and no “big” hotel amenities but we wanted a more authentic stay. We would thoroughly recommend it.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Favorite US Hotel and Maybe the World

Feb 28, 2020 Katherine p Boston, Massachusetts

We fell in love with Soniat House last year and booked to return the same time this year, early February. It felt like coming home, if one's home happened to be three gorgeous early 19th century townhouses on the quiet end of Chartres Street with lush courtyards and extraordinarily nice people-yes you Ervon, Jill, Terence, Cornell and Rick. We… Read more
We fell in love with Soniat House last year and booked to return the same time this year, early February. It felt like coming home, if one's home happened to be three gorgeous early 19th century townhouses on the quiet end of Chartres Street with lush courtyards and extraordinarily nice people-yes you Ervon, Jill, Terence, Cornell and Rick. We wanted the same room,which opoened onto the courtyard where we had breakfast with their baked to order buttermilk biscuits when we didn't head out for Cafe du Monde beignets. All the niceties like luxurious Frette sheets and Moulton Brown toilettries. Sitting on the second floor front veranda watching the world go by on the quiet street below is as good as it gets. Thank you Soniat House. See You next year. Read less
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Feb 26, 2020 Globetrottingmom79

Soniat House is not a suitable place to stay. I was initially attracted to the history of the hotel, but was disappointed when I arrived. Soniat House is VERY small. The TV is less than 19 inches. You can hear other guests clearly talking and walking around ALL night. Also PLEASE beware. There is a cat belonging to the hotel that roams freely. My… Read more
Soniat House is not a suitable place to stay. I was initially attracted to the history of the hotel, but was disappointed when I arrived. Soniat House is VERY small. The TV is less than 19 inches. You can hear other guests clearly talking and walking around ALL night. Also PLEASE beware. There is a cat belonging to the hotel that roams freely. My friend is deathly afraid of cats, and as a result, we had to leave the hotel. The Soniat House tried to offer us another room, but the cat roams the common areas. My friend did not feel comfortable. The most disappointing part is that after we had to leave and spend A LOT of money on another room, they refused to refund ANY parts of the payment. I thought it was in bad taste to keep $1000 knowing that the reason we had to leave is because of the fact that Soniat House doesn’t tell guests up front that there’s a cat roaming freely. I like rustic, vintage hotels a great deal :) But Soniat House is NOT worth $300 a night. Don’t do it. Also, the breakfast of two biscuits and orange juice is presented as complimentary, but it’s actually twelve dollars. Much nicer places to stay in New Orleans. Don’t do it. Read less
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Feb 3, 2020 Kay M Houston, Texas

Cnveninently located on Chartres next to the Ursuline Convent. Other plusses were outstanding service...the staff could nothave been more gracious and helpful. Old wworld charm. Continental Breakfast served in the courtyard or room is a plus. Downside: the room needs updating. Very dark. Older furniture but not of best quality. Bathroom is… Read more
Cnveninently located on Chartres next to the Ursuline Convent. Other plusses were outstanding service...the staff could nothave been more gracious and helpful. Old wworld charm. Continental Breakfast served in the courtyard or room is a plus. Downside: the room needs updating. Very dark. Older furniture but not of best quality. Bathroom is nice and has been updated. Could hear noise from room above., and the shower running from upstairs. Pricey for what it was. Read less
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