PHOTO: Shutterstock

Fodor's Expert Review Soniat House

1133 Chartres St., New Orleans, Louisiana 70116, USA See on Map Fodor's Choice

Cameron Todd

Step through the stone carriageway and into the Soniat House's serene courtyard, framed by Japanese magnolias and seasonal plant life, and you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped back in time. This set of refined townhouses is stocked with the owners' impeccable choice of antiques, paintings on loan from New Orleans Museum of Art and vibrant textiles, with accommodations renovated often. Add the excellent service, and the whole experience at the Soniat House will make it hard to ever stay anywhere mediocre again.

YOU SHOULD KNOW This isn't the hotel for noisy groups, bachelor parties, or families with small children: the serene nature of the property, close quarters, and the sheer number of valuables (art and antiques) make it more suited for couples or small groups.

room

There are 20 rooms and 10 suites in the two townhouses (once owned by the same family) facing each other across the street. The owner, a collector of antiques from the States and Europe, designs each room with a unique mix of different period pieces, multi-patterned textiles, canopied beds, and books on art and local architecture. Some rooms have street-facing balconies while others look into the courtyards.

Suites are more popular (and generally pricier), so book a standard room if you're eager to get in.

bathroom

Bathrooms are renovated to modern comfort with large marble showers and vanities.

lobby

There is a small parlor at the main entrance way of the hotel, and, besides the two bricked courtyards, a few pleasant common spaces with sofas and books in the hallways connecting the bedrooms.

dining

Breakfast is buttery biscuits a la the owners' recipe, fresh juice, strawberry preserves, and cafe au lait. Eggs and other hot breakfast items are available upon request. Breakfast can be served in room, though most guests choose to enjoy it in one of the house's two sunny courtyards.

drinking

There is a small "help yourself" bar in the parlor.

LOCATION

Getting Around

This is a nice section of the French Quarter (think Brangelina's old neck-of-the-woods), and there's pleasantly little noise pollution. There’s a small parking lot across the street that the hotel rents out to guests, but it makes the most sense to travel on foot, by streetcar or pedicab throughout the French Quarter and CBD.

Restaurants

If you haven't tired of beautiful old courtyards, make a reservation at Cafe Amelie (5-minute walk), a reliable favorite for great food and romantic atmosphere. Frenchmen Street is a short walk from the house, and Adolfo's (6-minute walk) above the Spotted Cat Music Club, is a semi-well kept secret for garlicky, old school Creole/Italian goodness.


Bars

The historic Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop (5-minute walk) is always worth a visit, whether to sing along at the piano bar or brave a taste of their "purple drank." For a night of music and fun, walk to Frenchmen Street and enjoy a lively show at The Spotted Cat Music Club (6-minute walk) or a more refined jazz set at Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro (7-minute walk).

WHY WE LIKE IT

From the attentive staff to the carefully curated (and cared for) antique pieces in each room, the owner's love for this place will be reflected in a sure-to-be pleasant experience staying here.

QUICK FACTS

B&B/Inn
Romantic
Quiet
Residential Area
$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 504-522–0570;800-544–8808
Something incorrect in this review?

What’s Nearby

People also liked

MOXY New Orleans

$$ | 210 O'Keefe Avenue

Aimed to please a party-going, millenial crowd, this younger Marriott... Read More

The Drifter Hotel

$$ | 3522 Tulane Avenue

A boutique hotelier recently revived an old Mid City motel on Tulane A... Read More

The Cornstalk Hotel

$$ | 915 Royal St.

The uniqueness of this hotel is apparent from first glance at its icon... Read More

Q&C Hotel

$$$ | 344 Camp Street

On a CBD corner just a few minutes’ walk to the French Quarter, this 1... Read More

NOPSI Hotel

$$$ | 317 Baronne Street

After sitting in ruins for the past 30 years, the NOPSI (New Orleans P... Read More

  • budget

The Quisby

$$ | 1225 St. Charles Ave.

This chic, modern hostel offers the best basics at a great value. Shar... Read More