During the period 1829-33 French sugar plantation owner Joseph Soniat Duffossat and his eldest son Robert built three French Quarter townhouses. The custom of the day, for those with means and social standing, was to have a residence in town. Such homes were built both for their convenience, and most importantly, to entertain and receive guests. Thanks to the efforts of Rodney and Frances Smith these homes are still serving their intended purpose. After acquiring the properties in 1982 a major undertaking began, its purpose was to combine the modern and the historic. The goal was to provide modern conveniences while preserving the architectural integrity of the original design. The 31 guest rooms were furnished and decorated with French and English antiques and custom European fabrics. The accolades have been many over the years, because the result is a singular hotel property. Upon entering Soniat House a sense of timelessness and cloistered serenity washes over you. Guests often sit for hours in the two courtyards literally soaking up the atmosphere. The historic ambiance is palpable and unmistakably genuine. Moving from the front desk and into your room, one comes to realize that all the modern amenities you might not expect are indeed present, and in no way detract. This is the counterintuitive reality that makes Soniat House much beloved and appreciated as a one of a kind experience. It does not get any more authentic nor does it get any more comfortable.
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