- Style Colonial-Creole townhouse
- Setting Vivacious Vieux Carré
The Soniat House hotel is a picture-perfect southern stay right in the French Quarter. It’s a classic old red-brick beauty, with wrought iron balconies, green shutters and a lush private courtyard. Inside, the rooms are styled with fine antiques, paintings and luxurious beds. It’s a charming place to relax while living it up in the Big Easy.
Need to know
- Rooms 30, including 12 suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $350.00, excluding tax at 13 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of $1.00 per room per night on check-out.
- More details Rates exclude breakfast (US$12.50).
- Facilities Courtyard, antiques shop, sitting room with a computer for guests, free use of facilities at the New Orleans Athletic Club. In rooms: free WiFi throughout, flatscreen TVs, Frette linens and Molton Brown bath products.
- Check–out Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Late check-outs after 2pm are charged half the nightly rate. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Children Children ages 10 and up are welcome, although there are no facilities geared towards them at the hotel.
- Also In-room massages can be booked and a DVD player is available on request.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms A walk up the chandelier-lit staircase lands you in Room 28, the only Grand Suite in the main house. Check out peaceful Chartres Street from one of the rocking chairs on the private balcony. The suite is kitted out with a lacquered turquoise four-poster bed with a pleated white canopy and a decorative fireplace. Go for the rooms in the main house if you can; they get more natural light. The back-house bedrooms are a bit darker and lower-ceilinged; they used to be the slaves’ quarters.
- Packing tips Bring an old-school fan to wave while you sit in one of the rockers, like the good ole days. Pack a polaroid camera to capture Nola’s mix of architecture. Start with a photo of Soniat House, it’s a typical Creole townhouse.
- Also Browse pieces procured on owners Frances and Rodney’s trips to the Toulouse, Paris and Leon in the shop on the grounds. Add gilded sconces, crystal-covered chandeliers, buffets and other 18th-century artefacts to your collection.
Food and drink at Soniat House
- Hotel restaurant There’s no restaurant at Soniat House, but a down-home Southern Continental breakfast is served either in your room or in the coutryard each morning. Tuck into fresh-baked buttermilk biscuits with home-made strawberry preserves and a café au lait in the leafy courtyard or back in your boudoir.
- Dress code Lightweight linen slacks and a button-down shirt for Mr Smith and a knee-skimming, full-skirted eyelet dress for southern belle Mrs Smith.
- Top table Have a pre-dinner cocktail or nightcap on the wraparound balcony, while you ponder which jazz club to scoot off to.
- Last orders The courtyard is available for guests 24 hours a day, breakfast is served here starting at 8am.
- Room service Breakfast can be served in-room starting at 7.15am. A selection of salads, po’ boys and seafood is available from 9am to 9pm.
- Hotel bar An honour bar is set up in the drawing room with premium liquors lining the top of the three-tiered rack. Whip up a tipple and relax in the casual antique-lined drawing room, or have a cocktail delivered to your room.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details