NEW ORLEANS —HRI Properties recently began construction on the site of the future Homewood Suites New Orleans French Quarter. Construction on the property began in December 2015 with a targeted opening date of second quarter 2017. HRI Lodging, an affiliate of HRI Properties, will manage the hotel under a franchise agreement from Hilton Hotels.
The Homewood Suites New Orleans French Quarter is a new construction, 207 room extended stay hotel featuring one- and two-room suites that are equipped with a full kitchen including refrigerators and dishwashers. Amenities include valet parking, flexible meetings space, a business center, a swimming pool, and fitness facilities. Located on Rampart Street, adjacent to the historic New Orleans French Quarter, the property is a short walk to Jackson Square, Bourbon Street, the Central Business District, and the Saenger Theater. Prior to the hotel opening, the new Rampart streetcar line is expected to be completed, giving guests access to both the Canal Street and St. Charles Avenue lines with easy access to City Park, Audubon Park, the Garden District, shopping at Canal Place, and the Riverwalk, among numerous other local attractions.
“Today’s traveler is seeking authentic experiences,” said HRI president and chief operating officer, Tom Leonhard. “Our close proximity to the French Quarter, the heart and soul of our city, provides our future guests with a truly authentic, world renowned playground within steps of their all-suite hotel.”
The $40 million project is another advancement of HRI’s ongoing Bienville Basin Choice Neighborhoods revitalization of the former Iberville public housing complex. Originally the site of the famous Storyville neighborhood, the area was widely regarded as the “birth place of jazz” and was home to famous musicians including Buddy Bolden, Jelly Roll Morton, and Pops Foster.
HRI Properties is a nationally recognized, vertically integrated developer, owner and operator, focusing on the adaptive reuse of historic buildings and creating diverse, vibrant and sustainable communities.
HRI Lodging is a premier manager of hotels nationwide, including 23 hotels under management for its affiliate HRI Properties and numerous third party hotel owners.