NEW YORK—Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Kailas Companies announced the official kickoff of the downtown redevelopment project of 1010 Common Street, which will mark the return of the Fairmont brand to New Orleans. Slated to open summer of 2025, the hotel will be located in the Central Business District, near the city’s French Quarter.
“Fairmont New Orleans will be an impressive new addition to Fairmont’s luxury portfolio in a key North American market,” shared Omer Acar, CEO, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. “The city emanates an undeniable energy, with incredible heritage and culture at its core, which is a perfect fit for the iconic Fairmont brand. The unique character and vibrancy of New Orleans will be front and center in the varied venues and guest experiences we are imagining for this magnificent hotel.”
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is known for its service, connections to its local communities, and its hotels, which are centrally located in each of its destinations. Fairmont New Orleans is part of a redevelopment project, which will transform the former Bank of New Orleans Building, a 31-story skyscraper and the city’s 10th tallest building.
“The redevelopment of 1010 Common Street marks one of the largest private investments in New Orleans in recent years. Located one block from the French Quarter, the Fairmont will stand directly between Bourbon Street and the New Orleans Superdome. The preservation of this historic building will both honor its past as a historic landmark and preserve its future as a world-class property. The design team, led by globally renowned Rockwell Group, will produce an unforgettable experience that we hope will resonate with both locals and visitors from around the world,” said C. Mohan Kailas, Kailas Companies LLC.
Completed in 1971 and originally designed by architects Skidmore Owings & Merrill, the building is an example of International Style architecture and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Partnering with Rockwell Group and Rozas Ward Architects, Kailas, and Fairmont have entrusted a team of architects and design partners to bring forth the vision of Fairmont New Orleans. Fairmont will add to the historic property while paying homage to both the past and the future.
Fairmont New Orleans will occupy 18 stories within the building, offering 250 guestrooms, including 40 suites ranging from one-bedrooms to specialty suites. There will be three food and drink venues throughout the property, including an all-day-dining restaurant, a lobby lounge, and a rooftop bar and speakeasy.
The hotel will also offer more than 20,000 square feet of function space divided between ballrooms, meeting rooms, and a library and business center, with customizable settings for corporate meetings and social gatherings. In addition, the property will have a 10,000-square-foot spa.
The downtown neighborhood is a location with several historic buildings under renovation, residential offerings, restaurants, and art galleries. Its local attractions include the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Louisiana Children’s Museum, National World War II
Museum, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Lafayette Square, and shopping at Canal Place, all near the Mississippi River.