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You might forget you’re right on Bourbon Street, what with all the graciousness inside. The Sonesta is large, busy, and classy, with outstanding service for the mix of tourists and business patrons. Rooms, redesigned in late 2016, are handsomely decorated in white and shimmery blue; bathrooms, on the smaller side, are white-on-white. Some of the better suite options are here, or opt for the added perks on the R Club floor. Rooms facing the inside courtyard avoid the Bourbon Street racket—unless that’s what you’re here for; some rooms open right onto the large courtyard pool, which is wonderfully welcoming but can get crowded. All 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 the very good Jazz Playhouse—which adds to the luster and liveliness.