Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans
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We left Florida this morning and took the scenic route to Louisiana. We arrived in New Orleans about 4:30 PM. Tai and Charlene were about an hour behind us, so after checking in to The Hotel Provincial, we waited for them in the lobby bar. As with every city, we met a nice couple. The woman was a teacher in Mobile, so we struck up a friendly conversation. We've really enjoyed the people we've ...
... a museum on the edge of town. Its two museums in one in fact: The Old US Mint downstairs and a jazz museum upstairs. The Old US Mint is really fascinating. The original machinery that made the early coins is huge as were the coins themselves. They could easily fill the palm of your hand. There are old black and white photographs too of men pulling along carts piled high with gold bullion. As well as one of the world’s first advanced calculators which is absolutely massive ...
... was piled with shredded
cheese- my mouth waters just thinking about it!
As we were finishing our meal, we realize we have no earthly idea where
we are or how to get where we want to go.
We asked the waitress if she could tell us how to get to the French
Quarter and unbeknownst to us, we actually are on the Northern edge of it. I
had no clue it was so large. So, we got more specific, we wanted to go ...
... hard drive for this very reason and so far there are 13GB of images, not including what Wendy has taken with her camera and what has been filmed on the video, there is so much video to download and all need to be converted before they can be viewed online so these will just have to wait until we get home, but they have been filmed in 3D which is such a nice way to view them, fortunately we can view then in 2D, just as well as we don't yet have a 3D telly.
... tumbledown and French and Spanish. There was no-one on the streets when I went out for dinner. Half the restaurants were deserted, so I picked one that was full. So full I had to eat outside in the courtyard by the open kitchen -- brick walls, rickety wooden tables and a candle. I was alone, because of the cold, but the service (by random staff crossing from the kitchen to the dining room) was great. Only here.
Crossing the ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Shuttle bus service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Room service
Historical Traveler Reviews Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans
A great stay
The rooms are great, the location is quite simply the best in New Orleans, and the staff, with the exception of the front desk, is eager to please. We were able to get a great rate through Expedia (79.00-99.00) when the hotel itself informed us they were fully booked!
Pays to shop around. You can't go wrong with the Royal Sonesta.
Great Hotel... but one rude dude...
Great location, nice hotel. Dick, the blond check in guy, at front desk was RUDE, but the hotel made up for it. Great, great, great location.Also eat at Petunias! YUMMY.
Wonderful stay at the Royal Sonesta on Boubon St in the French Quarter
A nice hotel
The Royal Sonesta was the perfect hotel. It was our first time in New Orleans this Memorial Day weekend, and the accomodations and location were wonderful. In the heart of Burbon Street, The Royal Sonesta provides a pleasant atmosphere. Make sure to get a room not facing Burbon. It is within perfect walking distance to all sites. The staff was friendly and helpful.
A live experience
Several years ago, on a Labor Day Week-end Saturday night, my wife and I stayed at the Royal Sonesta on our way to Cancun, Mexico. We enjoyed everything except our room location which was on Bourbon Street. Sleep was out of the question even with the windows closed. I was back in "Big Easy" again this year but only only walked through the lobby. It has been much improved and is beautiful.
With the price of a room to stay in this hotel, you'd think there would be some nice amenities that would come with it. NOT! What follows is a list of some of the extra costs and annoyances that you'll discover if you come here. I hope not to forget any, but being that I'm at the hotel as I write this, I have a good chance of remembering it all!- Parking your car at the hotel is about $24 a day.- If you don't get the mini bar, don't expect to buy any soda. There are no vending machines in the hallways.- Toll-free calls are not free.- Internet access is not free ($10 per day, and if you have more than 1 computer, it is another $10 per computer.)- Don't forget your Ethernet cable if you do get Internet access. That is, unless you want to buy one for $10 out of the mini-bar.- I agree with another reviewer that maids do talk loudly at 8am in the hallways (you'd think there would be enough hangovers in this building that they'd be sensitive to making noise!)- There is no way to connect your video equipment to the TV. That's all I can remember. Good luck if you decide to stay here anyway.
Based on at least five prior and enjoyable stays - and the convenience of being on Bourbon, I selected the Royal Sonesta for a weekend in the quarter. This was a very disappointing visit and one that will turn me off from staying here again. When I nicely asked about the possibility for an upgrade (on a non-event, very slow tourist weekend) I was coldly informed the price of wanting to upgrade my already "deluxe" room would be "x" amount of dollars for this view, this floor", etc. When told it was a special birthday weekend, there was no consideration given. When I finally asked if I could just have the best view of a "deluxe room", I was told I could get a window view of the pool. The room was on a corner, overlooking an awning that was covering the courtyard for winter - and no view of the pool to be had. But MORE disturbing was the reek of urine in the bathroom. And also irritating was the hotel maids speaking very loudly at 8am on a Saturday morning - conversing down the hall to each other oblivious to sleeping guests. The hotel also charges a higher fee for SUV owners (approx. 28 dollars compared to 20 for sedans) - and you don't get any bigger space for the extra charge. The hotel used to be a luxury property, the lobby is still nice - but now the hotel seems to rely on its convenience as the selling point. There are so many other properties tucked away in the quarter that are much more enjoyable. Next time I will stay at the Place D'Armes.
Loved the Royal Sonesta!
Wow! What a hotel! We went for a week in October 2002. Our travel agent must have powers because we had a room on the "concierge" floor, courtyard view. We were totally spoiled. Not only is the location perfect - right in the Quarter on Bourbon in the middle of all the action - but the service was exceptional. The employees go out of your way to make your stay the best ever. And it was, believe me. We will definitely stay here again. Now, if only someone could do something about the humidity......Ha Ha.
What a wonderful hotel...
We spent 3 nights at this hotel in mid March 2002. It is a beautiful hotel located in the heart of the French Quarter. From the moment we arrived the service was excellent, the decor beautiful and the reception courteous to our needs. Note, remember to ask for a room with a courtyard view - we did, and we were not disappointed. We visited most of the hotels in the French Quarter and I must say that this one stood out the most - not only for it's superb location right on Bourbon St., but also for it's dignified peace and quiet when you return from a busy day/night in N'awleans.
Royal Treatment at the Royal Sonesta New Orleans
The Royal Sonesta proved to be money well spent. With a marble bathroom, and French Doors leading to a balcony view of Bourbon Street or the pools in the inner courtyard...simply perfect. In this same year, we had experienced a suite in the Venetian in Las Vegas, and the Royal Sonesta in New Orleans. They are very comparable. This should be your choice...right in the middle of everything, and certainly the most photographed hotel right on Bourbon Street.