As Kimpton returns to New Orleans, other brands prepare debuts

A guestroom at the Kimpton Hotel Fontenot, which opened this month in the Warehouse District.
A guestroom at the Kimpton Hotel Fontenot, which opened this month in the Warehouse District.

Recent and upcoming hotel openings in New Orleans include the return of one brand to the city as well as two brands making their Big Easy debuts.

• This month, Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants returned to New Orleans after a 15-year absence with the opening of the Kimpton Hotel Fontenot. The 202-room property, at Poydras and Tchoupitoulas streets in the Warehouse District, comprises a reconfiguration of several structures, including the former Staybridge Suites New Orleans.

Interiors "are inspired by the city's iconic Southern hospitality and famed jazz musicians as well as the building's original architectural details," according to a Kimpton statement, with nods to New Orleans heritage such as a 7-foot trombone installation in the lobby. 

Guestrooms have "a clean and modern design aesthetic with soft accents of French blue and pink," according to Kimpton, and feature honor bars and all-day room service. Guests looking to stay active can rent bikes or head to the 24-hour fitness center. 

The Kimpton Hotel Fontenot is also introducing two signature dining and cocktail concepts, helmed by executive chef Chris Lusk and bar director Steve Yamada. 

The Peacock Room serves what Kimpton describes as "a contemporary selection of spirits and craft cocktails and a food menu featuring refined shareable interpretations of regional classics," while Gospel Coffee and Boozy Treats offers a variety of coffee beverages and frozen drinks as well as breakfast tacos and house-made pastries. 

• Set to open later this year is a 341-room Four Seasons on the former site of the city's World Trade Center building. It will be the first property in New Orleans to bear the Four Seasons brand. 

The Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences New Orleans will be housed within the lower floors of a 34-story, mixed-use development, with 92 condominiums on the upper floors, four food-and-drink outlets, a rooftop pool, a spa and 22,500 square feet of meetings space. 

"New Orleans has been a priority market for us for many years, and we have been waiting for the right opportunity to make our debut in this dynamic city," John Davison, president and CEO of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, said in a statement.

• The Virgin Hotels brand is set for its New Orleans debut in late 2021 in the city's Warehouse District.

"New Orleans is an incredibly special city and one Virgin Hotels has had an eye on from the beginning," Raul Leal, CEO of Virgin Hotels, said in a statement. "The history, the food, the music, the spirit -- they all work together to make it a one-of-a-kind destination for both business and leisure travelers."

The 225-room newbuild on Baronne Street will feature a rooftop pool and lounge, gym and dedicated meetings and event spaces.


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