Maison Orleans opens at the Ritz-Carlton complex

NEW ORLEANS -- The luxury 75-room Maison Orleans became the third property to open at the Ritz-Carlton complex in the remodeled historic Maison Blanche building here in the French Quarter.

The 452-room Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans opened last October, followed by the Iberville Suites, with 230 suites, which opened in March.

With the Maison Orleans' opening, Ritz-Carlton has three distinct hotel products here.

The two smaller hotels, each with a hotel manager, come under the Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans management.

They have 24-hour room service provided by the Ritz-Carlton, and guests have access with signing privileges to the Ritz-Carlton's facilities.

The 452-room Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans.Each hotel has a separate entrance: The Ritz-Carlton's main entrance is on Canal Street; the other two properties have entrances at the rear of the building on Iberville Street.

The Maison Orleans, which opened May 1, is a boutique hotel with the "feel of a private residence," according to its promotional literature.

The property offers butler service, and the 450-square-foot guest rooms include features such as hardwood floors, double poster beds, DVD players and cordless phones.

Complimentary food and beverages ranging from continental breakfast to after-dinner chocolates are available.

Rack rates are $385 a night on weekdays and $495 on weekends, and a summer rate of $285 is in effect from June 1 through Aug. 31.

For reservations and additional information, contact the property at (504) 670-2900; fax (504) 670-2910.

Beginning on June 1, Maison Orleans reservations can be made through Preferred Hotels and Resorts Worldwide at (800) 323-7500.

Iberville Suites features a bar and an entertainment area.

The suites, each with a living room and bedroom, include two telephones with two lines, high-speed Internet access and two televisions.

A full American breakfast buffet is included in the rates.

Rack rates are $175 to $275, with promotional rates starting at $99, effective through the summer.

For further information and reservations, contact Iberville Suites at (504) 523-2400; fax, (504) 524-1320 or visit its Web site at

The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans opened following a $250 million restoration and remodeling of the Maison Blanche shopping emporium.

Facilities include a 20,000-square-foot spa and health club and 25,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 7,500-square-foot ballroom.

The property has a summer rate of $185 in effect from May 25 through Sept. 3 for rooms with a $365 rack rate.

Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans bookings can be made through Ritz-Carlton reservations at (888) 856-4372, directly through the hotel at (504) 524-1331 or via the major CRSs.

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