One of the top leisure destinations in the United States, New Orleans is returning to its old glory days as the number of tourist arrivals and hotel occupancies returns to pre-pandemic and new hotels are opening in the city.
Thanks to its exceptional food, drink, and music scene, the historic charm of the French Quarter, its inherent culture of hospitality, and the popularity of its signature event, Mardi Gras, the year 2024 is expected to mark a return to normalcy for the hotel industry, with concerted efforts by hotel operators and New Orleans & Company to address any gaps in their schedules.
Looking ahead, 2025 is anticipated to demonstrate a significant recovery in demand, especially with a robust convention schedule that exceeds the performance of the years 2017–2019. This positive trend is expected to continue in the subsequent years. Additionally, the city is set to host Super Bowl LIX on February 9, 2025, which will take place a month before the Mardi Gras celebrations. Furthermore, the city will see the opening of new hotels and the revamping of existing ones soon, enhancing its hospitality landscape.
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Let’s dive into the new hotel openings in New Orleans!
Caesars New Orleans
Opening Date: Late 2024
Caesars Entertainment, Inc. invests $435 million to expand, renovate and rebrand the 450-room Harrah’s Hotel and Casino with the 340-room hotel tower. Expected to open by Fall 2024, Caesars New Orleans will be the latest hotel opening in New Orleans. It will have many amenities including a 340-room hotel tower, a Nobu Hotel and Restaurant, exciting new dining options, and a brand-new adult circus-comedy experience from Spiegelworld.
Nobu Hotel New Orleans
Opening Date: Autumn 2024
Nobu Hospitality, a well-known lifestyle brand led by Robert De Niro, Nobu Matsuhisa, and Meir Teper, partners with Caesars Entertainment to open Nobu Hotel and Restaurant at the new Caesars New Orleans.
Bringing Nobu’s signature style and sophistication to the dynamic city, Nobu Hotel and Restaurant New Orleans with 54 guest rooms and suites will open as a result of a multimillion-dollar transformation of Harrah’s New Orleans to the new Caesars New Orleans.
Opening Date: Spring 2024
Big Freedia is realizing a longtime dream of opening up a boutique nightclub and hotel in New Orleans.
Hotel Freedia is designed to be more than just a place to stay; with only five rooms, it’s envisioned primarily as a vibrant nightclub, music venue, and pool party destination. Guests can expect an exciting blend of entertainment, alongside a variety of food and drink options during their visit. The hotel will be located on Decatur and Frenchmen streets in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood.
It is expected to open by Mardi Gras.
Rubenstein Hotel on Saint Charles Avenue
Opening Date: January 2024
The Rubenstein family, renowned for their century-old men’s clothing store located on the iconic corner of Canal Street and St. Charles Avenue opened a boutique hotel on January 1, 2024. In partnership with Joe Jaeger, owner of the J Collection Hotels and Development, the family is transforming the upper floors off live historic buildings into a40-room boutique hotel named the Rubenstein Hotel on Saint Charles Avenue.
Hampton Inn New Orleans French Quarter Market Area
Opening Date: March 2023
Located on the edge of the French Quarter, in the historic Faubourg Marigny neighborhood, Hampton Inn New Orleans French Quarter Market Area has 135 guest rooms, a meeting room, outdoor pool and fitness center.
Frenchmen Street’s live music and the French Quarter are less than two blocks away. Sights like Café Du Monde, Bourbon Street, and Jackson Square are within a half mile. Guests enjoy free hot breakfast at this property.
Kimpton Hotel Fontenot, an IHG Hotel
Opening Date: March 2023
The Kimpton Hotel Fontenot in New Orleans is not a new hotel but it has recently expanded, incorporating the historic building next to its original location. Now open to the public and guests, the hotel’s new section adds significant features. These include over 12,000 square feet of versatile meeting and event spaces, 33 additional guestrooms and suites, and a new French brasserie named King. The expanded hotel now spans both 501 and 521 Tchoupitoulas Street, with King located in the newly acquired building. With this expansion, Kimpton Hotel Fontenot boasts a total of 235 rooms, various ballrooms, and event spaces, along with three distinct dining and bar options. This includes the award-winning Peacock Room, known for its cocktails and regular music and arts events, and Gospel Coffee & Boozy Treats, a local café offering frozen treats with an alcoholic twist.
Canopy by Hilton New Orleans Downtown
Opening Date: March 2022
The Canopy by Hilton New Orleans Downtown, a 176-room hotel, offers a unique stay experience in its 14-story building. Located near the famous French Quarter, the hotel features a distinctive restaurant that blends Creole and Cantonese cuisines, celebrating the city’s diverse cultural heritage.
This hotel is a revamped version of the historic Oil and Gas Building, originally constructed in 1959. The building, a creation of August Perez & Associates and Edward B. Silverstein & Associates, is known for its international-style architecture. It was recognized for its architectural significance and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2014. The building’s notable use of glass, steel, and abstract geometric design in a skyscraper format has been carefully preserved and incorporated into the hotel’s design, which now includes a hotel, restaurant, and bar.
Hotel Indigo New Orleans – French Quarter
Opening Date: January 2022
The Hotel Indigo New Orleans – French Quarter, with its 143 rooms, welcomes guests for both short visits and extended stays. Situated in the Central Business District, this hotel is uniquely positioned along the world’s oldest continuously operating streetcar line. It stands at the historic intersection that was once home to the renowned St. Charles Hotel. Just a stone’s throw from the lively French Quarter, the area around the hotel is a blend of historic charm and modern vitality. It’s a neighborhood where historic buildings meet contemporary life, enriched with public art that celebrates New Orleans’ rich cultural heritage, alongside notable theaters and the buzz of new food halls.
You have reached to the end of this article where we bring you all the latest New Orleans hotel openings until 2022: We have an earlier article where we reveal hotel openings in New Orleans from 2018 to 2021.
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