Check In: The Soniat House
I love hotels and I’m pretty serious about leisure and comfort. Some folks collect items, I like to collect experiences and believe travel lodging greatly contributes to the tempo of any vacation. The Soniat House, rated a Luxury Hotel of the World and a member of the Traveler Gold List is located in the heart of the French Quarter in the residential section of Chartres and Governor Nicholls Street situated next door to the Beauregard-Keyes House. On the property you are transported to another world as the the layout is a hidden gem, tucked away with elegant antique furnishings and top-notch concierge services that are experts in the art of hospitality.
When I first arrived a porter dressed in a tuxedo coat (yes) greeted me as I entered the property to the main check in area through a long foyer with high-ceilings and spiral staircase. On the main grounds there is a lavishly decorated honor bar where guest can prepare their own cocktails or use the internet.
The property oozes with charm, as it is comprised of three French Colonial town-homes built in the 1700s and located a short distance from the buzz of bourbon street, the french market, and the iconic Cafe Du Monde.
My friend came along on my last leg of trip to help wander around the city and through the beautiful alleys in the french quarter. We decided to spend ample time taking in the views of the private courtyard on location before heading out to explore the Bywater neighborhood. I loved looking that the lush, tranquil, fountain-clad courtyards, iron lace balconies, and herringbone and running bond brickwork. A true prim and proper southern gracious living experience. We had pretty early mornings, so my only regret during the stay was missing out on breakfast which is freshly baked hot buttermilk biscuits, with butter, whole strawberry conserves, orange juice, hot milk and coffee that can be ordered and delivered to your room or your nearest courtyard.
While so many hotels are heading towards digital keys, The Soniat House slows it down with antique metal brass locks adding to the true experience. As I entered the suite I was immediately drawn to the dreamy ornate embellishments like the flowing canopy, chandelier, and massive antique mirror over the in-room fireplace. I was met with a sitting area in an open floor plan, boasting high ceilings, oil paintings, massive walk-closet, and hardwood flooring with exposed brick. In the evening there is a turn down service and walkways are guided by lit candles.
The bathroom is covered in a neutral striped chevron print, three toned lighting, jacuzzi tub, and Molton Brown amenities. The Egyptian cotton sheets, Frette Robes, brown plush ottoman, and comfortable chairs tempt you to stay in your sanctuary as long as you can. There aren’t too many places that allow you to wake up naturally without intrusion or sound and staying here was a dream. There is even a request for no cellphone use in your room to preserve the peace for each of the quaint 31 rooms on site. Each suite has in-room air-conditioning and some form of access; my unit had a secret garden doorway at the rear of the room which led to more of the manicured property. There is wireless internet throughout the hotel and the staff/team are all welcoming and helpful professionals.
The Soniat House has french colonial style with modern comforts and makes for a seamless and peaceful self-care experience. The tranquil vibes amid the ragin' cajun antics via the high volume of tourists in the french quarter afford you much peace and quiet. You’re in such close proximity to everything so you can easily head out for a nightcap, a quick bite of duck confit a few blocks away, or maybe just eat some king cake in bed.
+all photos taken by yourweeklyfollowup
+Many thanks to The Soniat House for their gracious hospitality and support in this blog.