The Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans – which had been boarded up since Katrina – reopened this summer after a lengthy $145m renovation. And they’re holding their grand opening bash on the weekend of Oct 23-25, headlined by some of the greatest musical legends in the history of New Orleans – including the Neville Brothers, Irma Thomas and Allen Toussaint.
The Neville Brothers kickoff the party on Oct 23 with a performance in the Roosevelt Ballroom at 8 pm. Irma Thomas and composer Allen Toussaint take over the same venue the next day on Oct 24. There’s also a special Sunday Jazz Brunch.
For more information or to make a reservation for The Roosevelt’s ‘Grand Opening Weekend’ package, call (504) 648-1200.
It’s an occasion not to be missed – both historical and a symbolic celebration of the fact that New Orleans is now getting back on its feet after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
The Baronne Street Hotel - named The Fairmont before Katrina, was bought by Hilton Hotels Corp. in 2007 for $15m and is now a part of Hilton’s luxurious Waldorf Astoria Collection. It opened its doors as The Grunewald in 1893, and was named as The Roosevelt in-between 1923 to 1965, and was later named The Fairmont. Now it switches back to being The Roosevelt.
The all-new Roosevelt now offers 504 rooms, of which 135 are luxury suites; the legendary Blue Room; the Sazerac Bar and Restaurant, John Besh’s Domenica Restaurant and Teddy’s Cafe; state-of-the-art meeting and convention rooms; and a 12,000-square-foot, world-class Guerlain Spa and fitness center.
Hotel Info: 123 Baronne Street New Orleans, LA 70112; (504) 648-1200; www.therooseveltneworleans.com/