Published Date:  Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Holidays at Royal Snownesta feature dazzling décor and lights, memorable feasts and entertainment, holiday getaway packages plus a focus on the spirit of giving


NEW ORLEANS (November 14, 2018) — The award-winning Royal Sonesta New Orleans is unveiling its new “Royal Snownesta” holiday theme to celebrate the 2018 season. From the hotel's unique showcase of lighting and décor, to its beloved Royal Teddy Bear Tea tradition, all the way through to a memorable Christmas Day champagne brunch extravaganza, a myriad of long-lasting holiday memories occur at one of the Crescent City’s most-cherished hotels, located in the heart of the French Quarter at 300 Bourbon Street.



Royal Sonesta New Orleans is kicking off its holiday campaign with a special Biz New Orleans Biz Night on Wednesday, Nov. 14. From 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., guests will gather in one of the hotel’s special Bourbon Balcony suites. While sipping on complimentary beer and wine and sampling hors d’ourves, guests will also take in the sights overlooking the French Quarter and raise a toast to the holidays.


Next up is the official welcome to the French Quarter holiday season with the beloved yearly event, Lighting of the Balconies on Wednesday, Nov. 28. This year, the event will take place inside the property’s lush interior courtyard. With a ceremonial flip of the switch, two young patients from Children’s Hospital will magically illuminate thousands of twinkling lights that adorn the hotel’s classically designed wrought iron balconies. The tradition is regarded as one of the most memorable local celebrations of the season. Once again, this signature event will be infused with plenty of surprises, along with some great entertainment designed to make the holiday season bright for the hotel’s guests and patrons.


The holiday magic of both sights and sounds will continue throughout the month of December as well, when each weekday at noon beginning Dec. 3, New Orleans-area elementary and high school choirs will spread holiday cheer with musical performances, held directly inside the hotel’s main lobby. Guests and visitors should plan to stop in throughout the season to enjoy the hotel’s elaborate holiday décor, including its glittering arcade of real Christmas trees


The Jazz Playhouse is adding a fun twist to this year’s lineup of festivities, with weekly “Tease the Season” Burlesque Ballroom shows every Friday in December. Featuring Trixie Minx and a lineup of her star entertainers from Trixie Minx Productions, the fun begins each Friday at 11 p.m., with vocal performances by either Romy Kaye or Anais St. John. Guests are invited to enjoy the show with an accompanying Snownesta Royale cocktail, a concoction featuring Silver Tequila, Coconut Rum and Crème of Coconut, with a garnish of freshly shaved coconut to resemble falling snow.


On Christmas Day, the hotel creates even more magic. Executive Chef Jeff Mattia and his talented culinary team are providing an extravagant Christmas Day Champagne Brunch, with all the delicious and decorative trimmings of the season, inside Royal Sonesta New Orleans’ newly reimagined Grand Ballroom. Brunch will feature multiple food displays and live entertainment, on top of free-flowing champagne and mimosas as well as a Bloody Mary bar. Guests can book reservations with half-hourly seatings from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The cost is $85 for adults and $35 for children under 12. Children under 5 years old dine for free.


And at Restaurant R’evolution, located inside the hotel at 777 Bienville St., both visitors and locals can spend more time with family and friends, and allow the talented culinary team to create holiday feasts for the senses. In December, chef duo John Folse and Rick Tramonto will continue the restaurant’s mission of conserving the region’s culinary past with the annual celebration of Louisiana’s holiday tradition, Réveillon. Restaurant R’evolution will feature a classic Réveillon menu on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, as well as its Réveillon prix fixe dinner or Sunday Brunch (B’Reveillon) menu option throughout the entire month for all to enjoy. For reservations, call 504-553-2277 or visit



Every year during the holiday season, Royal Sonesta New Orleans partners closely with Children’s Hospital to give back to the community. Through collecting toys for a Toy Drop, hosting patients at a special Royal Teddy Bear Tea and bringing the Royal Teddy Bear Tea to the inpatients at Children's Hospital inside its newly debuted atrium, this multifaceted collaboration not only provides unique and memorable Christmas experiences, but also meaningful financial contributions to those who need it most.


Royal Sonesta New Orleans embraces a corporate ‘Culture of Caring,’ and in 2018, the hotel is asking guests and patrons alike to open their hearts and contribute to this meaningful cause. For every $5 holiday donation in support of Children’s Hospital via the hotel, participants will be entered into a raffle to win a grand-prize package. The randomly selected raffle winner will receive 60,000 Sonesta Travel Pass points, which can be used for a two-night stay at Royal Sonesta New Orleans or another Sonesta Hotels property, as well as a $100 gift certificate to experience on-site venues Restaurant R’evolution, Desire Oyster Bar and/or The Jazz Playhouse. In addition, the winner will take home an original hand-painted work of art by popular local artist Logan Ledford.


“We look forward to this partnership every holiday season,” said Children’s Hospital President and CEO John R. Nickens IV. “Through the raffle and generous direct donations, Royal Sonesta New Orleans continues to raise valuable funds for the hospital and works to make sure our patients and their families feel the holiday spirit.”



The holidays are also an opportune time to take advantage of all Royal Sonesta New Orleans has to offer. With its Papa Noel Holiday Package, guests receive the hotel’s best rates, starting at only $149 per night Sunday through Thursday, and from $199 per night on Friday and Saturday. An all-new upgrade, the Papa Noel Royal Package, will reserve guests a spot on the exclusive R Club level, with prices starting at $229 per night. Plus, all Papa Noel guests automatically receive the tremendous Sonesta Savings Pack, containing more than $500 in discounts to New Orleans’ most popular attractions and museums.


Royal Sonesta New Orleans strives each year to provide local guests and travelers an ideal way to experience a truly unique holiday getaway, one unlike any other, while providing unexpected amazing moments and creating lasting holiday memories. To learn more or to book reservations for any of the Royal Snownesta events, please call 504-586-0300 or visit


About Restaurant R’evolution

Restaurant R’evolution is the first joint venture of award winning chefs John Folse and Rick Tramonto, offering modern, imaginative reinterpretations of classic Cajun and Creole cuisine. Located inside the iconic Royal Sonesta New Orleans hotel in the heart of the French Quarter, Restaurant R’evolution’s menu reflects a melding of the chefs’ distinct culinary styles. Steeped in the diverse historic and cultural influences of Louisiana, the menu features not only the chefs’ interpretations of New Orleans classics such as gumbo, po-boys, and beignets, but also new creations highlighting ingredients from what Chef Folse refers to as “the swamp floor pantry.” Tableside service components play an important role in the dining experience, promoting guest engagement about the history and evolution of the food they are enjoying. For reservations, call 504-553-2277 or visit for additional information.


About Royal Sonesta New Orleans

Located in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter and steps away from some of the city’s finest shopping and visitor attractions, Royal Sonesta New Orleans is a hub of authentic jazz, vibrant night life and refined southern design. The hotel is home to several dining and entertainment venues, including Restaurant R’evolution, Bar R’evolution, The Jazz Playhouse, Desire Oyster Bar, Le Booze and PJ’s Coffee Café. In addition to world-class amenities, Royal Sonesta New Orleans offers 20,000 square feet of recently updated meeting and special event space. With 483 newly appointed rooms, including 36 suites, the luxurious hotel is one of nearly 70 properties within Sonesta. For more information, visit or call 504-586-0300.