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Treat Yourself to a Memorable Gaycation in the French Quarter at the Royal Sonesta New Orleans 

by | Sep 10, 2022

Located in the historic French Quarter on Bourbon Street, the Royal Sonesta New Orleans is one of the few places where you can get a true taste of what makes New Orleans so special. 

The lobby of the Royal Sonesta New Orleans.

It’s the city’s heart and soul, where you can find the most unique and authentic cuisine, live music, and southern design in all its glory. You’ll find it all in Royal Sonesta New Orleans.

A fountain at the entrance of the Royal Sonesta New Orleans.

Whether you’re looking for a place to stay or just want to experience the local culture first-hand, this hotel will make your stay unforgettable. The property offers 483 fabulously appointed guest rooms plus 36 luxury suites offering guests everything they need to feel at home—from traditional gabled windows accented with rich colours and linens to wrought-iron balconies and lush courtyards.

A chicken sandwich at the Royal Sonesta New Orleans.

It’s not just about accommodations, the hotel also has a Food is Art philosophy where the culinary team has created menu items that will remind you of your travels across Louisiana as well as those memories that are rooted deep within your soul.

A Sazerac cocktail at the Royal Sonesta New Orleans.

Royal Sonesta New Orleans is a destination in and of itself. The hotel personifies luxury, providing guests the heritage of New Orleans hospitality through graceful ambiance and uncompromising service.

The Desire restaurant at the Royal Sonesta New Orleans.

As you arrive at the hotel, you’ll find yourself transported back to the days when the Big Easy was an oasis for the rich and famous. Designed with a classic art deco feel, Royal Sonesta New Orleans is a place where you can truly live out your fantasies. 

Jumbo at the Desire restaurant in the Royal Sonesta New Orleans.

The hotel’s many dining and entertainment venues include Restaurant R’evolution, Bar R’evolution, Desire Oyster Bar, The Jazz Playhouse, Le Booze, PJ’s Coffee Café and more. 

Royal Sonesta New Orleans welcomes gay travellers with open arms. It’s a property-of-choice for LGBTQ visitors because of the proximity to the gay district of the French Quarter, its quiet rooms, and friendly staff. Queer guests are treated with respect and dignity from check-in to check-out. 

The hotel is designed to be welcoming to gay guests from all over the world— and the hotel management is willing to go out of its way to make sure that LGBTQ+ customers feel comfortable. You’ll feel like you’re in a gay paradise when you walk into the hotel, but you’ll also feel like an everyday guest. 

Appointed Guest Rooms

There’s something about a room at the Royal Sonesta that just makes you feel like royalty. You can’t escape the feeling that you’re living in a palace—and with good reason, too! With over 450 rooms to choose from, there’s one for every personality and taste.

A queen size bed in a guest room at the Royal Sonesta New Orleans.

Royal Sonesta’s rooms are like their name: luxurious. The rooms are more than just a place to sleep—they’re a place to escape, kick back, and have some fun.

The vanity in a guest room at the Royal Sonesta New Orleans.

They offer a wide variety of suites and rooms with everything from ocean views to balconies, so if you’re looking for a room that suits your personality, you’re sure to find it here.

A sitting area and doors leading out to a private balcony from a guest room at the Royal Sonesta New Orleans.

The rooms are all decorated differently and include but not limited to: Deluxe, King, Two Queens, King – Side Street Balcony, Two Doubles – Interior Balcony, Split Level Suite – King – Back Patio, Junior Suite – King – Patio, Junior Suite – Two Queens, Honeymoon Suite – King. 

An arm chair beside a jacuzzi tub in a guest room at the Royal Sonesta New Orleans.

Full-Service Property with All the Amenities 

The Royal Sonesta New Orleans offers a wide range of amenities in addition to its comfortable accommodations. Here’s a rundown of what you can expect from your stay:

The registration desk at the Royal Sonesta New Orleans.

First and foremost is their concierge service. They have a full-time concierge who is available to help you with any last-minute questions or requests, and they can also help you book tours and activities.

A desk in a guest room at the Royal Sonesta New Orleans.

The Royal Sonesta New Orleans also has complimentary high-speed wireless Internet throughout the hotel, which means that whether you’re in your room or on the balcony, you’ll be able to connect to the Internet without any problems. This is especially helpful if you’re trying to work while travelling.

If you’re looking for fitness, then this hotel has an extensive fitness centre with cardio equipment, weight machines, and even classes. There are also showers available for those who need them.

The pool at the Royal Sonesta is located right next door, which is called an oasis. It’s open year-round and offers everything from lazy days lounging around the water with a book or magazine or enjoying a classic New Orleans cocktail. 

Make Your Reservation Today

The Royal Sonesta New Orleans is the best option for gay travellers who are on vacation in New Orleans. It’s the perfect way to explore New Orleans and meet new people—or just relax on your own. They also have a gym and spa, so you can make the most of your gaycation, and enjoy your healthy lifestyle routines. 

The exterior of the Royal Sonesta New Orleans.

Whether you are visiting for Halloween, Mardi Gras, Pride, Southern Decadence, or any other time of the year, make your reservations for your gaycation at the Royal Sonesta New Orleans.

New Orleans Welcomes the LGBTQ Community 365 Days a Year

New Orleans is all about the party, and Southern Decadence 2022 is no exception. New Orleans welcomes the LGBTQ+ community with open arms! Come celebrate any time of the year with New Orleans. The city has a wonderful collection of gay bars, restaurants, and dance clubs, in addition to Cajun and Creole dining, adventures, and attractions. Start planning your gaycation to New Orleans today with the help of Visit New Orleans

A view of the Mississippi River and the French Quarter in New Orleans.

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Brian Webb

Brian Webb


Brian Webb is the founder and editor-in-chief of HomoCulture, a celebrated content creator, and winner of the prestigious Mr. Gay Canada – People’s Choice award.An avid traveler, Brian attends Pride events, festivals, street fairs, and LGBTQ friendly destinations through the HomoCulture Tour. He has developed a passion for discovering and sharing authentic lived experiences, educating about the LGBTQ community, and using both his photography and storytelling to produce inspiring content.Originally from the beautiful Okanagan Valley in the southern interior of British Columbia, Brian now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. His personal interests include travel, photography, physical fitness, mixology, drag shows.

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