I jumped at the opportunity to visit New Orleans this past weekend, and my hotel of choice was Royal Sonesta New Orleans! This luxury property was the perfect mix of location, service and amenities… and my stay was nothing short of amazing. I was sad to check-out when the weekend came to an end, but I left with a new favourite hotel chain! In this hotel review of Royal Sonesta New Orleans I’m taking you inside my stay to show you exactly what this hotel has to offer.
The hotel’s Bourbon Street location (in the heart of the party district) may seem off-putting at first, but it ended up being perfect! The hotel has plenty of courtyard-facing rooms that don’t here a single sound from Bourbon Street. Just in case you do hear some noise, the hotel provides some adorable ear plugs for your convenience. What I enjoyed most about the location was being walking distance to every restaurant and bar on my wish list! Not once did I need to take a taxi, which was a huge “plus” for me because I love walking around new cities. At nighttime, it was also great to have so much entertainment literally at your doorstop.
I stayed in a Patio Room on the second floor with two beds, plenty of closet space and a large desk. My room appeared to be recently renovated, with modern touches and a gorgeous balcony door (get a sneak peek of the door in the video below!). The ensuite marble bathroom was spacious and immaculately clean. I particularly loved how the marble shower and lighted mirror made every morning feel like a mini spa experience! The bathroom came supplied with Poggesi bath products in a refreshing “Coco Mango” scent that I couldn’t get enough of.
Directly off my room I had access to a communal patio that was shared with approximately 6 rooms, and overlooked a beautiful courtyard. Each suite had it’s own set of table and chairs directly outside their door. During my stay I never saw anyone from the other rooms use the balcony, but I enjoyed sitting outside here with my coffee each morning. The tranquil garden setting felt very spa-like, which was the perfect extension of my guest room.
The hotel has quite a few restaurants on-location, but my recommendation is Restaurant R’evolution! This restaurant is tucked inside the courtyard, so it’s much quieter than other restaurants on Bourbon Street. Wine Enthusiast Magazine recently named this restaurant one of their top 100 “Best Wine Restaurants” thanks to their fantastic selections of wine – so if you like wine as much as I do, you can’t miss the opportunity to dine here! When it comes to food you can’t go wrong here, but the Seafood Gumbo and Creole Bouillabaisse are two favourites of mine. (Click here to view their menu)
One of New Orleans’ best jazz bars happens to be located on the ground floor of the hotel – The Jazz Playhouse! Every night at 8pm a live show takes place, and I highly recommend going at least once during your stay. Arrive slightly before 8pm to get a good seat, as seating is first come first serve. What I loved most about The Jazz Playhouse was the mature crowd, attentive service and good selection of wine. I couldn’t drink another sugar-filled “hurricane” on Bourbon Street – so a glass of prosecco was the perfect way to spend my Sunday night in New Orleans! (Click here to see their schedule)
For guests staying on the 6th or 7th floor, access to the R Club Lounge is included in your stay. This lounge serves a complimentary breakfast each morning that consists of eggs, bacon, fresh fruit and other treats. The attentive staff are quick to say “good morning!” and offer you orange juice when you arrive each morning. In the evenings, a complimentary happy hour is served here – which includes appetizers and alcohol. If you get a chance to stop by during happy hour you have to try the coconut shrimp – it was my favourite! Having a light bite to eat at happy hour was also very convenient, as it tied me over until my late-night dinner reservation.
Another surprise feature at Royal Sonesta New Orleans was the rooftop pool. The pool overlooks like inside courtyard, so once again this area is very much shielded from Bourbon Street. Even when Bourbon Street was busy with people, the pool was quiet and relaxing! Because of the time of year I travelled, the pool was never busy. I never ended up going for a swim, but I did enjoy sitting on a lounge chair and soaking up some sun rays mid-afternoon.
To book a stay at Royal Sonesta New Orleans, head to their website to check rates and availability. Check out the short video I filmed during my stay to get an inside look at my hotel room, balcony and pool:
The team at Kelly Ella Maz were welcomed to Royal Sonesta New Orleans as guests, however our opinions remain our own.