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 Quaint Quiet Side of the Quarter

Jul 7, 2019 logantracey New York City, New York

We recently stayed at the Soniat House for the long 4th of July Weekend. We chose the hotel for the location, the biscuits(!), and because we had stayed here a number of years before. The staff is all wonderfully nice and helpful, the room was perfectly comfortable, (like staying at a home away from home) and it had everything we wanted: easy to… Read more
We recently stayed at the Soniat House for the long 4th of July Weekend. We chose the hotel for the location, the biscuits(!), and because we had stayed here a number of years before. The staff is all wonderfully nice and helpful, the room was perfectly comfortable, (like staying at a home away from home) and it had everything we wanted: easy to get to/from and cool AC for the July heat. It was so quiet and peaceful from our room (15). The courtyard was always calming and we had breakfast out there three days. If you want to stay in the Quarter but away from the raucous of Bourbon and Canal, this is a perfect property. It’s not a new modern hotel, but they have everything you need to have a comfortable stay Thank you to ALL the staff! We will be back for sure. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Absolute gem of a hotel in a fabulous location!

Jun 10, 2019 msnyc

My 11-year-old daughter and I recently stayed at The Soniat House Hotel and we were absolutely captivated by this gem of a property. Located on a quiet block within the French Quarter, the hotel is nothing short of spectacular. From the warm and gracious service to the spacious rooms to the fresh-baked biscuits delivered right to your door each… Read more
My 11-year-old daughter and I recently stayed at The Soniat House Hotel and we were absolutely captivated by this gem of a property. Located on a quiet block within the French Quarter, the hotel is nothing short of spectacular. From the warm and gracious service to the spacious rooms to the fresh-baked biscuits delivered right to your door each morning, the Soniat House is the perfect home base for a stay in New Orleans. I was a bit hesitant to stay at the property with my daughter since the hotel doesn’t allow children under the age of 10, as I worried that it might not be suitable for tweens, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Instead, my daughter and I were treated like absolute royalty by the staff, who were quick to offer all sorts of suggestions whenever we had a question. Ervin, Jill, Hillary, and Michelle could not have been nicer (the porters were also super helpful), and we felt so well taken care of during our stay. In fact, they actually helped us long before we checked in, answering all sorts of questions via phone and email and helping us with dinner reservations in advance of our stay. The Soniat’s rooms are so charming and unique, and very much up to date (while still retaining their historic character). I loved that we were within steps of the action and sightseeing of the French Quarter, yet far enough away from the craziness that we never had trouble sleeping. It was like having our own private oasis within the hustle and bustle of the city. I would highly recommend this property for families traveling with tweens and older kids! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Very Good But Could Be Better

May 28, 2019 Beartimes

The friendly staff and the service could not be better, they are great and really feel genuine in how they treat the guests. The bed was fantastic, it was very quiet in the rooms which is amazing with all of the haunted tour groups coming down in front of it after being on the corner talking about the church across the way. The breakfast either… Read more
The friendly staff and the service could not be better, they are great and really feel genuine in how they treat the guests. The bed was fantastic, it was very quiet in the rooms which is amazing with all of the haunted tour groups coming down in front of it after being on the corner talking about the church across the way. The breakfast either in the courtyard or in your room is good and hot and the coffee could raise the dead it is so good and strong. They also serve a pot of cream with it so if you need to take it down a notch you can. Excellent access to most of the French Quarter by walking or a short Uber ride. The staff is very good at giving you a lot of information on what is available and giving recommendations on where to go or eat to see and hear what you came for. Excellent Jazz recommendations for small venues and out of the way clubs. The sitting room is very nice and it is where the bar is that is mix yourself, take a mixology guide and you will be the hit of the place. The restroom right off of it is also very nice. The guests when we were there were all friendly to each other (mostly older middle age guests) and we made a couple of new friends. Did I say the courtyard is wonderful and really stays comfortable even in the mid day in May. Ok now for the it could be better with an understanding that the staff went above and beyond to take care of the issues. If you have mobility issues this is not the hotel for you, two steps to the elevator which is old and decides itself whether to work or not and how fast. It only goes to the third floor so the second floor is all stairs to get there and the stairs are steep and curving. We had a third floor room with an sloping ceiling and at 6'4" I hit my head quite a few times, my wife hit her head when we took the stairs due to the slope even though she is 5'6". Be careful with the toilets the plumbing is older and you can clog them if you are not watchful. The shutters on the windows for our room did not shut all the way and the skylight which has an electric pull darkening shade was on the fritz, the staff came up and tried to close it and make it stay manually however it wasn't going to do it, so we were up and at them at 6:30 AM every morning due to the amount of light coming into the room which also made it hard to nap during the day. So check out what room you are going to get in advance and make sure you are comfortable with it. We would have been a lot better with a ground floor courtyard room without the skylight issue with curtains instead of the shutters that wouldn't close all of the way. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Elegant and unique

May 27, 2019 CalGirl435 San Francisco, California

Really nice stay here. Great location on a quiet street in the French Quarter. We had a room off the courtyard which was lovely - I slept very well all four nights we spent at the hotel. Staff was outstanding - genuinely nice and helpful people. Breakfast in the courtyard was a highlight of the trip. I thought the breakfast was well priced at… Read more
Really nice stay here. Great location on a quiet street in the French Quarter. We had a room off the courtyard which was lovely - I slept very well all four nights we spent at the hotel. Staff was outstanding - genuinely nice and helpful people. Breakfast in the courtyard was a highlight of the trip. I thought the breakfast was well priced at $12 - where I live just a glass of fresh squeezed OJ is about that price. The cat, Claire, added to the charm of the hotel. Recommended. Read less
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