Wyndham Adds New Orleans' Chateau Bourbon to its Historic Hotel Portfolio
(NEW ORLEANS, LA) - Wyndham Hotels & Resorts of Parsippany, NJ, has struck a deal with New Orleans-based HRI Lodging to place HRI's 251-room, Chateau Bourbon into its Historic Hotel portfolio.
The building which houses the hotel in the French Quarter is believed to be at least 159 years old, according to local historians.
The deal was announced today by Wyndham president Peter Strebel.
Wyndham historic hotels "have a true sense of place" in the industry and are "a unique part of the brand's DNA," says Strebel. "Wyndham historic properties elegantly blend their historic integrity, unique architectural features and ambience with the contemporary creature comforts today's travelers expect."
HRI president Honore G. Aschaffenburg says his company's goal is to restore the Chateau Bourbon 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."
An historic building is where the hotel had its origins between Canal and Iberville Streets. The pre-Civil War structure was formerly the D.H. Holmes Department Store.
The store opened in 1849 and operated for more than 140 years until it was converted into the Chateau Sonesta Hotel in 1995 by HRI Properties.
D.H. Holmes Department Store quickly became a fixture with New Orleans area shoppers. Local historians claim the property won even greater recognition from the 1981 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, A Confederacy of Dunces
, written by John Kennedy Toole. The novel's opening scene featured the store's famous clock, a favorite gathering site for generations of New Orleanians.
Wyndham's Strebel says the Chateau Bourbon will specialize in offering space for meetings and banquet rooms with a capacity for about 320 persons.
Upgrades to the property will include the addition of the Wyndham brand signature 'Be Well' bedding; flat screen televisions; new guest room and public space carpeting; and improvements to bathrooms, guestroom furniture and fixtures.
Strebel says Chateau Bourbon is the ninth historic property to join the Wyndham portfolio. The portfolio includes the Whitney in New Orleans; the Abraham Lincoln in Reading, PA; Hotel Galvez and Tremont House in Galveston, TX; the Roberts Mayfair in St. Louis; the St. Anthony in San Antonio, TX; Union Station in Nashville, TN; and the George Washington in Winchester, VA.