You might forget you’re right on Bourbon Street, what with all the graciousness inside. The Sonesta is large, bustling, and classy, with outstanding service for the mix of tourists and business patrons. Rooms, bathrooms, and suites are among the more handsomely decorated of those that go for French reproductions (get one facing the inside courtyard to avoid the Bourbon Street racket—unless that’s what you’re here for). The large courtyard pool is wonderfully welcoming but can get pretty crowded. All the amenity bases are covered; indeed, almost everything you could need is here, including the so-so Desire Oyster Bar, the terrific Restaurant R’evolution, and Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse—which definitely adds to the luster and liveliness.