A mesmerising heritage building from the 1800s is now the home of Soniat House, an esteemed boutique hotel in the French Quarter of New Orleans, with elegance and charm in spades.
Soniat House is named after its first owner, Joseph Soniat Dufossat, a plantation owner who commissioned three townhouses to be built here on Chartres Street back in 1829.
Today, the manors are all combined into one characterful bolthole – Soniat House Hotel – with the original spaces painstakingly preserved to showcase its nearly 200-year history.
Step along a lantern-lit pathway towards the entrance of this Chartres Street hotel, and continue inside to be surrounded by antiques, chandeliers, and paintings that capture a timeless New Orleans spirit.
There’s an interior courtyard beyond, the perfect setting to take breakfast in the morning or sip a glass of wine later on, as well as a collection of 30 guestrooms and suites that all evoke that old-world essence. Polite staff are also at your beck and call here to provide helpful tips and make any last-minute local bookings for restaurant, shows or anything else, helping make every stay at Soniat House run just seamlessly.
It’s worth noting that there’s no restaurant within the property, although breakfast and drinks from an honesty bar can be enjoyed at Soniat House, plus the French Quarter is teeming with restaurants to try out nearby.
Similarly, while you won’t find a spa or gym, though guests are granted access to a local wellness centre free of charge, where an indoor pool and other fitness facilities await. At the hotel itself, it’s all about soaking up that enchanting ambience and slice of New Orleans history!
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The 30 rooms at Soniat House are all ravishing hideaways that exude classic elegance with their European antiques and artwork, much of which dates back centuries. Each space is decorated in light tones with pastel hues, wooden floors and soft carpets underfoot, while mod-cons come in the form of flat-screen TVs, soft bathrobes and slippers, Molton Brown toiletries, Wi-Fi and, in certain guestrooms, private balconies.
Superior Single Room
Grand Deluxe Room
Breakfast at Soniat House
There’s no restaurant at Soniat House, although breakfast is served each morning on the terrace or in-room. Taste just-baked biscuits, strawberry jam, orange juice and coffee while soaking up the magical ambience of the courtyard, with its pretty fountain and climbing wisteria. Additional breakfast items can be requested in advance.
While there’s no formal drinking den here, the hotel operates an honesty bar whereby guests can help themselves to libations including wine, beer, champagne and cocktail ingredients.
Activities and Entertainment
Situated as it is in the French Quarter, Soniat House makes for a fabulous base from which to explore this fascinating corner of New Orleans. Wander down Chartres Street, where the hotel is located, to encounter centuries of history and intriguing spots to explore, including art galleries, restaurants, bars and more. Venture beyond to witness architectural wonders such as Jackson Square, home to St Louis Cathedral, the Cabildo (a former government building and museum) and beautiful Pontalba edifices dating back to the mid-1800s. Or, pop into various museums such as Presbytere, showcasing the history of the Mardi Gras festival, and be sure to take a stroll down Frenchmen Street, Bourbon and Pirates Alley, to soak up the addictive charm of New Orleans’ French Quarter.
Soniat House is a small boutique hotel that shines for its exquisite décor and heritage, rather than modern facilities. There is, however, a delightful antique shop onsite, brimming with beautiful items from across America and Europe that have been handpicked by Rodney and Frances Smith who’ll gladly show you around. What’s more, while there is no wellness centre at the property, guests can enjoy access to the New Orleans Athletic Club with its spa, indoor pool, gym, fitness classes and courts also found in the French Quarter of New Orleans.
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