Located "in the heart of the French Quarter," this award-winning hotel is known for "beautiful courtyards" and "excellent" customer service. —Raves from LivingSocial Members
Tennessee Williams once said that there are only three cities in the United States: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. What do they have in common? For one, a unique cultural richness embodied by the cities' historic architecture, their obsession with food, and their dedication to the arts. It's a trio that inspires romance, a sense of timelessness, and ambiance that lends these places an air of unparalleled authenticity. And so it is in New Orleans—named one of Travel + Leisure's Top Ten World's Best Cities—a place that isn't so much stuck in the past as it is a tribute to its roots, not least of which are good food, good drink, and good times. Laissez les bon temps rouler—and then some.
Known for its true New Orleans architecture and beautiful courtyards blending European touches with Southern charm, the Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans
is also recognized as having the best balconies in the city. Three blocks from the riverfront, right in the heart of the historic French Quarter—and the only AAA Four Diamond Award-winning hotel on Bourbon Street—the Sonesta's timeless elegance radiates from its traditional gabled windows, French doors, and wrought-iron lace balconies.
Guest rooms offer a well-appointed oasis, with some affording views of the property's secluded pool or tropical courtyard, as well as amenities like flat-screen TVs, pillow-top mattresses, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Unwind with a cocktail or grab a bite at one of the hotel's seven culinary destinations before hitting the third-floor pool deck.
There's no better place to begin your New Orleans experience than at Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse
. Situated in the lobby of the hotel, this intimate venue recalls an earlier era with stylish white banquettes and classic cocktails, and offers live music seven nights a week.
More historic charm awaits at the hotel's Desire Bistro & Oyster Bar
, appointed with original tile flooring, a gilded ceiling, and French cafe-style seating. Classic Creole dishes find their way onto the menu for three meals each day, with turtle soup and barbecue shrimp drawing devoted locals and visitors alike. For a recharge, make your way to PJ's Coffee Cafe
, serving light fare and rich coffee until 8 p.m. nightly.
Charms are around every wrought iron-filigreed corner and the festivities never stop in the Big Easy. But if you want to lose yourself in all the fun, you have to find your way there first.