Royal Sonesta New Orleans

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Location and Setting
This stylish and sophisticated AAA 4 Diamond-rated hotel is located in the historic French Quarter on one of the world’s most famous entertainment corridors, Bourbon Street. The Royal Sonesta New Orleans is constructed in the rich traditional French Quarter style, with gabled windows, double French doors and wrought iron laced balconies. Centrally located within walking distance to the Mississippi Riverfront, the Central Business District, and world famous visitor attractions, the property is approximately 16 miles from the Louis Armstrong International Airport. The hotel is known for its courtyards with local plants and trees unique to the area.

The site of the Royal Sonesta New Orleans dates back to 1721 when French military engineer, Adrien de Pauger first laid out the city of New Orleans.  Originally, houses, courtyards and carriageways occupied the 300 block of Bourbon Street.  During the 19th Century, Bourbon Street became a thriving commercial district with everything from a costume shop to a winery.  In 1890, the American Brewing Company purchased the winery and expanded the building to encompass an entire city block.  Nearly 70 years later, the owners of the Sonesta brand, the Sonnabends, were introduced to developer Lester Kabacoff and soon the site of the old brewery would be repurposed.  In 1967, the Vieux Carre Commission approved plans to begin construction of what would become a landmark French Quarter hotel.  Two years later, the Royal Sonesta New Orleans opened its doors.  

Each of the 483 guest rooms are non-smoking and offer views of vibrant French Quarter life, a stunning pool and patio terrace, or the lush tropical courtyard and fountain. All rooms are non-smoking and offer:

  • Luxurious bedding
  • Complimentary wireless internet
  • Flat screen TV
  • Dual line telephones
  • Robe
  • iHome clock radio
  • In-room movies
  • Pillow top mattresses and king size pillows
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Hair dryer and make-up mirrors
  • Electronic laptop size safe
  • Mini-bar
The hotel's 35 luxurious suites include the Governor's Suite, Senator's Suite, Ambassador's Suite, Bourbon Balcony Hospitality Suites and the exclusive Presidential Suite. The R Club, a hotel within a hotel, is a luxurious space on the 7th floor with a private keyed access, personalized concierge service and an intimate lounge with adjoining terrace. Both barrier-free and ADA compliant rooms are available.

Services & Facilities
Services include a Concierge Desk, Room Service and a Safe Deposit Box. The newly renovated Fitness Center will feature all new LifeFitness cardio equipment, built-in televisions, free weights, stretching area and strength machines (coming in August 2015). The outdoor swimming pool (heated) and Oasis Pool Bar are located on the 3rd floor Terrace area.

Meeting Facilities
20,000 square feet of function space and 20 meeting rooms can accommodate groups up to 700 guests. The Grand Ballroom, with 5,000 square feet, is divisible into two sections. For additional meeting space and courtyard access, the Fleur De Lis Suite offers 1,800 square feet of intimate space for private functions. Bourbon Balcony Hospitality Suites can provide full-service private dining and specialized room service. A dedicated convention services and catering team is available to attend to all special event details.  Executive-level meetings can be conducted in the Board Room with the latest in broadcast and telecommunications technology.  A full-service A/V production company is available on site.  The Business Center and Kiosk station located on the lobby level offers 24-hour accessibility for the business traveler on the road. 

Airport Shuttle, the Official Ground Transportation Provider for the New Orleans International Airport, is available on a continuous basis with vehicles departing approximately every 30 minutes to area Hotels (multiple stops). For Departure Reservations please call 504-522-3500 no later than 24 hours prior to your flight.  Public buses, the St. Charles Streetcar, and the Riverfront Streetcar are all nearby, and run daily. Taxicab service, limousines and private car service may be arranged through the concierge. The hotel has a covered parking garage and valet service. Group transportation can be arranged by Conference Services or Concierge as a bus permit must be obtained for passenger busses to enter the French Quarter.

Dining & Entertainment
Restaurant R'evolution a collaboration of award-winning chefs John Folse and Rick Tramonto, offering imaginative reinterpretations of classic Cajun and Creole cuisine for lunch (seasonal), dinner nightly, Sunday Jazz Brunch and Bar R’evolution.
Desire Oyster Bar offers casual street-side dining with local fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Enjoy fresh Gulf oysters any way you like them - chargrilled, on the half shell and more, and classic New Orleans' favorites and libations.
PJ’s Coffee Café offers freshly brewed local coffee, lite fare, gifts and sundries.
Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse presents live jazz nightly, small plates and cocktails.
Le Booze is your street-side whiskey destination serving cocktails & casual fare.

Points of Interest
The French Quarter, Jackson Square, Jackson Brewery, Aquarium of the Americas, Harrah’s Casino, Audubon Zoo, Mississippi River Cruises, Historic New Orleans Collection, Louisiana State Museum, Mardi Gras World, National WWII Museum, Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, Saenger Theatre, Woldenberg Park on the riverfront, New Orleans Museum of Art, Historic Garden District and much more. The hotel's concierge can assist you with additional suggestions and arrange for tours.

Unique and eclectic art galleries as well as a variety of antique shops are located one block away on historic Royal Street. The French Market, Outlet Collection at the Riverwalk, The Shops at Canal Place, and nearby Magazine Street all offer additional shopping for an authentic New Orleans experience.

Additional Information
Check-in: 3:00 p.m. Check-out: 12 noon.  Taxes: 13% room tax, 1.75% statutory assessment; $2/room/day occupancy fee; Sales Tax: 9.75%. Additional Hotels Guests In Room: minimum of $40 per person, per day, in excess of 2 people.  Credit Cards: American Express, MasterCard, Visa, Discover, JTB, and Diners Club are accepted.  Currency: US Dollar.  Electricity: 110-120V, 60Hz.  Parking: Overnight parking is currently $41+ tax with unlimited in/out privileges. Daily parking is available (pricing subject to change). Pets: $75 non-refundable fee, weight not to exceed 30 lbs. Pet must be leashed whenever it leaves the room.  Pet may not be left unattended at any time or left kenneled in your guest room.

The Royal Sonesta New Orleans is a 9-time winner of the Gold Key Award from “Meeting & Conventions” Magazine; 11-time winner of the Pinnacle Award by “Successful Meetings” Magazine; voted Best of the South by “Meetings South” Magazine; awarded 6-time Winner of Excellence by “Corporate & Incentive Travel” Magazine.  U.S. News & World Report ranked the Royal Sonesta among the top four hotels in New Orleans.  
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The Royal Sonesta New Orleans
300 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Main: 504.586.0300   Fax: 504.586.0335
Sales: 504.553.2205   Fax: 504.586.0126