Soniat House – New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A.

Serene Civility in the French Quarter

Considered by many to be the most beautiful hotel in town, the genteel, thirty-three-room Soniat House is quintessential New Orleans, decorated with lacy ironwork and located on a central French Quarter block that somehow seems far from the noise and honkytonk.

The 19th-century Creole mansion was built by a prosperous plantation owner and is today an incongruous though harmonious mélange of choice period pieces and modern-day comforts and amenities, including paint­ings on loan from the New Orleans Museum.

The attractive rooms offer four-poster beds, toile de Jouy bedspreads, skylights, Oriental carpets, and thoughtfully chosen French and Louisiana antiques. Many of the guest rooms overlook the romantic interior courtyard, lush with red hibiscus and palmetto palms. You can choose to have your breakfast there, lis­tening to the rippling fountain while you savor the just-out-of-the-oven buttermilk biscuits with homemade preserves and sip steaming cups of chicory-charged coffee.

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