In a symbolic move for the rebuilding of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina as well as a new resting spot for travelers to the Big Easy, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts announced the addition of the 251-room Chateau Bourbon to its portfolio of upscale hotels. The announcement comes months after The Roosevelt Hotel, once the Fairmont, New Orleans, opened as a part of the Waldorf=Astoria Collection.
The former Chateau Sonesta hotel, owned by New Orleans-based HRI Lodging, is situated between Canal and Iberville Streets in the city’s famed French Quarter district. The pre-Civil War structure was formerly the D.H. Holmes department store, which operated for more than 140 years until it was converted into a hotel in 1995 by HRI Properties, Inc. Upgrades to the property will include the addition of the Wyndham brand’s signature “Be Well” bedding; flat-screen TVs; new guest room and public space carpeting; and significant enhancements to bathrooms, guestroom furniture and fixtures.
“Our goal is to restore the Chateau Bourbon, A Wyndham Historic Hotel back to its status as one of the finest hotels in the French Quarter through our affiliation with the Wyndham brand, which has a sterling reputation in the lodging industry for supportive and valuable partnerships with hotels in historic buildings,” said Honoré Aschaffenburg, president of HRI Lodging.
Property highlights include 12-foot ceilings in each guest room; a contemporary art collection featuring original art by emerging and established artists; the Atrium Courtyard, with its glass roof and exposed cypress beams from the D.H. Holmes building; the Clock Bar lounge adorned by alabaster pillars from the original D.H. Holmes soda fountain; Ralph Brennan’s Red Fish Grill; and Tempo Restaurant. Modern comforts and amenities include an airline boarding pass station; in-room spa services; wired and wireless high-speed Internet access; Nintendo; heated outdoor pool; 24-hour business center; and complimentary fitness facility.
Specializing in meeting and wedding events, the hotel also offers 10,000 square feet of function space including 10 meeting and banquet rooms for groups up to 320.