by: Angela Pham
To eat, drink and see alligators.
Me + A Gluttonous Friend
Another light-filled nook.
Cafe Du Monde, famous for its beignets, is a dangerously short walk away.
The hotel is close to the heart of New Orleans (the infamous Bourbon Street), but situated on a chill, picturesque street in Marigny.
The light-filled hallways and random nooks of this old creole townhouse were a favorite of mine.
Soft light bleeding onto the chandelier-lit staircase.
The sitting room in my suite: the perfect shelter from the daytime's intense humidity.
I loved feeling like a queen, waking up in my canopied bed, in these ornate surroundings.
The sitting room.
I loved the robin’s egg blue shade of wallpaper in my bathroom.
View from the suite's balcony.
One of the most iconic features of New Orlean's architecture, the cast iron balcony, is displayed here on the exterior terrace of the hotel.
Breakfast consists of warm buttermilk biscuits and jam and is enjoyed on my private, leafy veranda. It's so quiet…I can't believe I'm so close to the French Quarter.
Most of the rooms face the veranda courtyard. If I wasn't so prone to mosquito attacks, I would've spent more time here.
Definitely no "New York" attitude here; the hotel staff were wonderfully cheerful and professional.
The Soniat House.
Highs + Lows
The privacy and quietude amidst the beautiful property was lovely - it felt like the Chateau Marmont of the South.
The attention to detail...it's clear that the proprietors put a great deal of effort into preserving the architectural integrity of the building. It is very elegantly done and doesn't feel at all outdated.
For the most authentic New Orleans experience, I would recommend staying in this hotel.
It would be great if they had a complimentary wine/cheese hour on those beautiful balconies where guests could mingle and enjoy the cool evening air.
- Life Changing
- Environmental Consciousness
- Overall Value
- Night's Sleep
- Stealable Stuff
- Refer a Friend
Luxury B&B in a historic creole townhouse.
More classically luxurious than "trendy/young."
Central, but thankfully located far away from the bibulous masses.
- Year Opened
- Designed By
No bar, but there are spirits in the lobby's honor bar.
There is an honor bar in the lobby.
Yes, free for guests.
You can easily splurge on a Grand Suite, but their starting rates are very reasonable.
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