Soniat House

1133 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA, 70116 United States


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Charming boutique hotel ideally situated in the most atmospheric section of the French Quarter. The 31 lodgings are housed within several 19th-century Creole-style dwellings that open onto a leafy courtyard. Fanciful ironwork adorns spiral staircases and open galleries. The accommodations come with hardwood floors, ornate plasterwork, ornamental fireplaces, Oriental rugs, original paintings and an impressive mix of English, French and Louisiana antique furniture; large, well-lighted baths provide both tubs and showers. Spacious Junior Suites offer gracious living rooms, large bedrooms and Jacuzzis, and most have private balconies or patios. Breakfast is served in the courtyard. No children under age 10.

From the Hideaway Report

December 2012 Hideaway Report

On the other side of the French Quarter along a particularly attractive and quiet stretch of Chartres Street, the Soniat House is a better alternative for those seeking historic surrounds, with accommodations in former slave quarters as well as in three grand mansions. Because I receive such mixed reviews from subscribers about this idiosyncratic property, I make a point of staying here whenever I pass through New Orleans. In whatever accommoda ...

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Deluxe Room, from $395; Junior Suite, from $510.

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Wssimon1 May 11, 2013 | 8:59:02
I recently stayed at Soniat for the 6th time in the last 5yrs, and I'm so sorry to report that the hotel has really gone down hill over the last few years. In many ways Soniat is analogous to NOLA itself - in both the good and the bad. The aesthetics here are gorgeous, from the beautifully and uniquely decorated rooms (all are filled with antiques and different from one another) to the darling courtyards with fountains and candles. No where looks or feels like this place, just like NOLA. And the location is absolutely perfect. But on the this last stay the negatives really started to outweigh the positives. The place needs a facelift. The bathrooms in particular are feeling shabby, with chipped paint and fixtures, threadbare towels, ripped, low-quality shower curtains and low water pressure. There was a pervasive smell of mildew and mustiness throughout our rooms that was so strong that we had to wash our clothes twice upon our return home to remove it. In fairness, it did rain for days while we were there - perhaps the smell is unavoidable in an old structure when it pours, but regardless it's very unpleasant. Facilities are in desperate need of new a new HVAC system (which might help with the smell) - it's loud and unreliable. The service was charming if a bit slow and confused (NOLA). Acquiring their famous and delicious biscuits within an hour or housekeeping within a 3hrs was a serious challenge. I so wish the place were up to the standards of years past, when it was pretty close to perfect. It's still a magical and special place, but a lot of the luxury and comfort have faded. I sure hope they invest in some upkeep. In the meantime, I'm sadly going to start exploring other options in NOLA.
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Bedside Reading Lamp
Fitness Center
Hair Dryer
Handicapped Accessible Bathrooms
Handicapped Accessible Public Areas
Outdoor Swimming Pool, Unheated
Room Service
Sightseeing Tours
Wireless Internet


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