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Taste of Bourbon St.

This French Quarter hotel is directly on lively Bourbon Street, just 6 blocks from Jackson Square and 2 blocks from the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line.

Authentic New Orleans experience

The Royal Sonesta New Orleans offers all-day dining at the casual streetside bistro, Desire Oyster Bar. Specialty appetizers, cocktails, and live jazz are featured 7 nights a week at The Jazz Playhouse.

Heart of the French Quarter

The 483 guestrooms at Royal Sonesta New Orleans, many with wrought-iron balconies, face the streets or an inner courtyard and feature modern decor, pillow top mattresses, and king size pillows. Guestrooms also include flat screen TVs, complimentary WiFi, iHome® clock radio, Keurig® coffee makers, and a mini refrigerator. Bathrooms include complimentary Crabtree & Evelyn® toiletries.

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

This New Orleans hotel is in the French Quarter on Bourbon St, 6 blocks from Jackson Square and one half-mile from Harrah's New Orleans Casino.

The Royal Sonesta New Orleans features street-level shopping, a casual oyster bar, and a gourmet restaurant serving French and Creole cuisine. Five lounges — 1 opening right onto Bourbon Street — are also featured.

The Royal Sonesta New Orleans has a 24-hour doorman, an outdoor courtyard pool, fitness center, 24-hour business center and 20 conference rooms, interior patios, and a dedicated concierge desk. A ballroom is also available and wedding services can be arranged. Free WiFi is available throughout and valet parking is provided for a daily fee.

  • 24-hour front desk 
  • ATM/banking 
  • Total number of rooms - 483 
  • Number of floors - 7 
  • Valet parking (surcharge) 
  • Number of bars/lounges - 5 
  • Coffee shop or café 
  • Free newspapers in lobby 
  • Concierge services 
  • Conference space 
  • Fitness facilities 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Express check-out 
  • Gift shops or newsstand 
  • Free wired high-speed Internet 
  • Tours/ticket assistance 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • Laundry facilities 
  • Luggage storage 
  • Limo or Town Car service available 
  • Meeting rooms 21 
  • Multilingual staff 
  • Nightclub 
  • Terrace 
  • Poolside bar 
  • Porter/bellhop 
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk 
  • Year Built 1969 
  • Number of restaurants - 4 
  • 24-hour business center 
  • Conference space size (feet) - 20000 
  • Pool cabanas (surcharge) 
  • Pool sun loungers 
  • Conference space size (meters) - 1858 
  • Number of meeting rooms - 21 
  • Shopping on site 
  • Smoke-free property 
  • Outdoor pool 
  • Breakfast available (surcharge) 
  • Wedding services 
  • Free WiFi 


Available in all rooms: Free wired high-speed Internet

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Free wired high-speed Internet


Valet parking (surcharge)

Room Amenities

  • Premium bedding 
  • Desk 
  • Designer toiletries 
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available 
  • Turndown service 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning) 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Phone 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Free bottled water 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Bathrobes 
  • Free toiletries 
  • In-room massage available 
  • Slippers 
  • Separate bathtub and shower 
  • In-room safe (laptop compatible) 
  • Cable TV service 
  • Flat-panel TV 
  • Free wired high-speed Internet 
  • Blackout drapes/curtains 
  • iPod docking station 
  • Room service (24 hours) 
  • Pillowtop mattress 
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available 
  • Free cribs/infant beds 
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge) 

Where to Eat

Desire Oyster Bar - Guests can sample fresh Louisiana seafood and Creole delicacies for lunch and dinner in this casual spot. Breakfast is served in this bistro from 6:30 AM to 11:30 AM.

The Jazz Playhouse - Dine on appetizers and sip cocktails while enjoying New Orleans' jazz talent. Open daily.

Daiquiri Delight Shop - Serves daiquiris in an ice-cream parlor setting.

Le Booze - A bar facing Bourbon Street offering cocktails, a wide variety of whiskeys, and casual fare.


Start your morning with a cooked-to-order breakfast, available each day from 6:30 AM to 11:30 AM for a surcharge. You can order a meal from 24-hour room service.

Nearby Things to Do

The Royal Sonesta New Orleans offers a chemical-free, salt-based outdoor swimming pool in an enclosed courtyard. Pool cabanas and pool sun loungers are also available at a surcharge. A complimentary fitness center is also on site featuring cardio machines, built-in TVs, free weights, and strength machines.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near the hotel; fees may apply.

  • Golfing nearby 
  • Bicycle rentals nearby 


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom 
  • In-room accessibility 

Hotel Policies


Minimum check-in age is 18

Check-in time ends at midnight

Check-in time starts at 3 PM


Check-out time is noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children 18 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!


  • Pets allowed for an extra charge of USD 75 per pet, per stay
  • Dogs and cats only
  • 1 per room (up to 30 lb)

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

This property will charge 1-night deposit approximately 72 hours prior to arrival for any bookings where payment for the stay will be made on site instead of at the time of booking. For more details, please contact the office using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.


Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Breakfast fee: between USD 16 and USD 20 per person (approximately)
  • Valet parking fee: USD 41 per day (in/out privileges)
  • Pet fee: USD 75 per pet, per stay
  • Rollaway beds are available for an additional fee
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Name

  • Royal Sonesta
  • Royal Sonesta Hotel
  • Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans
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  • New Orleans Royal Sonesta
  • New Orleans Sonesta Hotel
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We should mention

Children 18 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding. The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

Royal Sonesta New Orleans ratings based on 1,635 Verified Reviews

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4.5 out of 5
93% of guests recommend
4.6 Room cleanliness
4.6 Service & staff
4.4 Room comfort
4.5 Hotel condition
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Middle of the action!

4 out of 5
by from Brooklyn, NY
Posted Feb 24, 2017
Pros: Clean, well-maintained hotel. Room was equipped with small refrigerator, safe and Keurig coffee maker. Courtyard pool looked very nice.
Cons: Maybe just an aberration, but housekeeping seemed a bit inattentive as to what needed to be replenished.
Location: A car is unnecessary as you are right in the heart of the Quarter. Hundreds of restaurants within walking distance. Don't miss the WWII Museum!
Great location and a beautiful hotel right on Bourbon Street. Rooms are well appointed and comfortable although the bathrooms are very small. Also, the pillows may have been of good quality but they were far too soft for me. For the most part, the staff is outstanding and very friendly and helpful although we did have a battle with housekeeping. Beautiful courtyard pool looked very inviting from our window. Nice jazz club located right in the hotel with good music nightly.
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Wonderful people

5 out of 5
by from Baton Rouge
Posted Feb 24, 2017
Pros: It was located on Bourbon St.
Location: In the heart of the French Quarter, there were multiple restaurants and attractions: Arnaud's, Brennan's, WWII Museum, Mardi Gras parades, ETC.
Everyone working at The Royal Sonesta were so helpful. From the bellman to the valet to the waitresses - everyone was there with a smile and trying to make us feel at home. Their staff should be commended. They do a great job!
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Bourbon Street, relative calm in the chaos

4 out of 5
by from Novato, CA
Posted Feb 22, 2017
Lovely hotel with a fabulous staff although there were a few small issues. I requested a balcony room on the side not overlooking Bourbon St after reading reviews on the nightly noise level. Sadly, the room faced Conti Street, where the delivery trucks were louder than any revelers. On a side note, I was surprised to see no bathrobes. I requested a room change and staff were happy to oblige, even helping to move our belongings. In the room overlooking the courtyard, I discovered one bathrobe and set of slippers (two guests). That was a nice surprise, yet after a room cleaning, it disappeared again. Lol. Minor issues, yet for my next visit, think I'll stay a few blocks away from Bourbon St. Just for a quiet night's sleep.
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In the Action on Bourbon Street

5 out of 5
by from Massachusetts
Posted Feb 20, 2017
Pros: Every staff member was extremely professional, friendly and helpful. The Bourbon Street location was safe and very convenient to the French Quarter.
Cons: Nothing. It was exceptional.
Location: See above narrative.
The Royal Sonesta is ideal if you want outstanding accommodations immersed in all the varied entertainment, exuberant crowds, and culture of historic Bourbon Street. An oasis of class and respite with its own restaurants, bars, jazz club, and coffee shop, the Sonesta provides a central location to everything in the French Quarter including world class restaurants, bars, music, tours, museums, shopping and the "Mighty Mississippi River waterfront. A professional, knowledgeable and friendly staff attends to your every need. Polite and personal, they make everyone feel like family and take pride in sharing their great city with you. The Jazz Playhouse has some of the best nightly entertainment spots anywhere in New Orleans in an intimate setting. Try the Desire Oyster Bar which opens right onto the excitement of Bourbon with many tasty light dining options. Overall, the Royal Sonesta enhanced the pleasure of our first time New Orleans experience, and we look forward to returning for many years to come!
Comment from Hotel Management
Feb 24, 2017 by RSNO
Dear Jules & Patti, We love the picture you have painted and we thank you for sharing your review. It was a delight to welcome you to New Orleans and we are thrilled that your time with us was so enchanting. Our colleagues at The Jazz Playhouse and Desire Oyster Bar appreciate your kind words and on behalf of all of us at the hotel, we hope you can make yourself at home with us again and again in the months and years ahead. Yours in Hospitality, Royal Sonesta New Orleans
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Great hotel, great location, great staff

4 out of 5
by from New Orleans, LA
Posted Feb 20, 2017
Stayed there for Valentine's. Had dinner at nearby Redfish Grill and capped off the night with live music at "The Jazz Playhouse" located on the first floor of the hotel. Nayo Jones performed with her band and blew us away with her vocals. If you have the opportunity to come to New Orleans, find out where she is playing and make it your business to catch her show. Our room was comfortable and we'll appointed. The only thing that was a bit unsettling was that the only window in our room have us a view of a wall that seemed to be about three feet away from our room. We were offered a free upgrade from a queen room to a king. Had we known about the view of the wall, we would have stayed in the queen. We also visited the PJ's coffee outlet on the first floor. The staff was personable and attentive. Great experience overall.
Comment from Hotel Management
Feb 22, 2017 by RSNO
Dear N.O.La dude, We were thrilled to welcome you and yours for a romantic Valentine’s Day escape to New Orleans and we thank you for taking the time to share your comments. We are always delighted when guests explore our various restaurants, bars and cafes and we are pleased to find that your visits to PJs Café and The Jazz Playhouse added to the enjoyment of your visit. We appreciate your comments regarding your room upgrade and will review these details with our colleagues to ensure that details of the various room types are highlighted before an upgrade is issued. Once more, it was a pleasure to host you and we hope that we might do so again one day soon. Warm Regards, Royal Sonesta New Orleans
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Great location

5 out of 5
Posted Feb 17, 2017
The location is perfect if you want to be in the heart of it all. However if you don't want the full experience of bourbon street than don't stay here. It's 24/7 outside. The rooms are big enough. But the beds could be more comfortable. Also when they got busy they forgot to clean our room. But other than that the staff was excellent
Comment from Hotel Management
Feb 23, 2017 by RSNO
Dear Guest, Warm greetings from the French Quarter where we were delighted to host you. We are thrilled to read that our vibrant location served you well and that our spacious rooms provided you the comfort to relax and recharge after a full day of fun. We appreciate you sharing your added feedback and we hope that we have the chance to one day welcome you again. Warm Regards, Royal Sonesta New Orleans
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nice hotel on busy Bourbon Street

5 out of 5
by from Toronto, ON., Canada
Posted Feb 16, 2017
Cons: The restaurant needs big improvement.
Hotel is very nice, clean and comfortable The staff very helpful and polite. The only thing is the restaurant was very disappointing. The food is hardly eatable. The service is not bad but the food is disgusting.
Comment from Hotel Management
Feb 21, 2017 by RSNO
Dear Julia, Greetings from the Crescent City where our Royal Sonesta team was thrilled to welcome you! We thank you for taking the time to share your feedback and we appreciate your wonderful comments regarding the attention to detail of our Housekeeping team and the welcoming spirit of our colleagues at the front desk and throughout the hotel. While each of our restaurants has a following of their own, we regret to learn that your dining experience fell short. We appreciate you brining this to our attention and will ensure that your comments are shared with our culinary team. Once more, we thank you for taking the time to post your review and we invite you to start planning your next French Quarter escape! Best Regards, Royal Sonesta New Orleans
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5 out of 5
Posted Feb 15, 2017
Helpful staff, centrally located. Ask for an inside room if you're sensitive to noise.
Comment from Hotel Management
Feb 16, 2017 by RSNO
Dear Guest, Greetings from the Crescent City and thank you for joining us during your recent visit. We appreciate your wonderful feedback and we invite you to start planning your return visit soon! Warm Regards, Royal Sonesta New Orleans
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Great location.

4 out of 5
by from Syracuse, NY
Posted Feb 14, 2017
Arrived early and our room was waiting. Nice treat after a long flight. The hotel is one square block in the middle of the French Quarter. Located in Bourbon Street the action gets a little racuous in the evening. Luckily there are side entrances to get you through the crowd. We had a balcony room that was facing the interior courtyard. This room was nice and quiet. The bathroom was large and well lit. Onsite restaurants are great and worth checking out. Staff at this property are friendly and truly professional. I will be back.
Comment from Hotel Management
Feb 16, 2017 by RSNO
Greetings Jamie, We are delighted to read that your visit included a culinary experience in our restaurants – Desire Oyster Bar and R’evolution, both located just off our lobby courtyard. We are equally as pleased to find that your room served as the perfect place to relax and recharge after a full day and that our Royal Sonesta colleagues surprised you with their hospitality at every turn. Once more, it was a pleasure to host you and we hope that you can join us again when your travels bring you back to the magnificent French Quarter. Yours in Hospitality, Royal Sonesta New Orleans
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Perfect Choice...

5 out of 5
Posted Feb 14, 2017
Ideal location in French Quarters, easy access to everything. Hotel is very elegant, rooms are clean and staff is very friendly. The jazz club in the hotel it is a great addition, if you don't feel like going out. We enjoyed the breakfasts in Desire Oyster Bar. We also loved the pool (a chlorine chemical-free, salt-based). The only thing, if you want really quiet room, take one over looking the courtyard, but we did not mind to have a room from the side street (Conti) to get a full experience of New Orleans.
Comment from Hotel Management
Feb 16, 2017 by RSNO
Greetings Anna, We couldn’t ask for a better review! We are elated to read that you enjoyed everything from the pool to The Jazz Playhouse and we hope that your recent experience will have you planning a return visit soon. Warm Regards, Royal Sonesta New Orleans
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