N.J. (Oct. 27, 2008) – Wyndham Hotels and Resorts today announced the addition
of the 251-room Chateau Bourbon, A Wyndham® Historic Hotel in New Orleans
to its portfolio of upscale hotels.
The former Chateau Sonesta hotel at 800 Iberville Street, owned by
New Orleans-based HRI Lodging, is situated between Canal and Iberville
Streets in the city’s famed French Quarter district. The pre-Civil War
structure was formerly the D.H. Holmes department store, which operated
for more than 140 years until it was converted into a hotel in 1995 by
HRI Properties, Inc.
Upgrades to the property will include the addition of the Wyndham brand’s
signature “Be Well” bedding; flat screen televisions; new guest room and
public space carpeting; and significant enhancements to bathrooms, guestroom
furniture and fixtures.
The Chateau Bourbon Hotel is the ninth historic property to join the
Wyndham portfolio, which also includes the Whitney in New Orleans; Abraham
Lincoln in Reading, Pa.; Hotel Galvez and Tremont House in Galveston, Texas;
The Roberts Mayfair in St. Louis; The St. Anthony in San Antonio; Union
Station in Nashville; and The George Washington in Winchester, Va.
Peter Strebel, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts president, said Wyndham historic
hotels “have a true sense of place” and are a “unique part of the brand’s
“Wyndham historic properties elegantly blend their historic integrity,
unique architectural features and ambience with the contemporary creature
comforts today’s travelers expect,” he said. “We are honored to welcome
the Chateau Bourbon Hotel to our distinguished family of celebrated historic
“Our goal is to restore the Chateau Bourbon, A Wyndham Historic Hotel
back to its status as one of the finest hotels in the French Quarter through
our affiliation with the Wyndham brand, which has a sterling reputation
in the lodging industry for supportive and valuable partnerships with hotels
in historic buildings,” said Honoré Aschaffenburg, president of
Following its opening in 1849, the former D.H. Holmes department store
became beloved by New Orleans shoppers. It later gained broader appeal
by the 1981 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel A Confederacy of Dunces whose
opening scene features the landmark’s famous “clock,” a favorite meeting
place for generations of New Orleanians.
Property highlights include 12-foot ceilings in each guest room; a
contemporary art collection featuring original art by emerging and established
artists; the Atrium Courtyard, with its glass roof and exposed cypress
beams from the D.H. Holmes building; the Clock Bar lounge adorned by alabaster
pillars from the original D.H. Holmes soda fountain; Ralph Brennan’s Red
Fish Grill; and Tempo Restaurant. Modern comforts and amenities include
an airline boarding pass station; in-room spa services; wired and wireless
high-speed Internet access; Nintendo®; heated outdoor pool; 24-hour
business center; and complimentary fitness facility.
Specializing in meeting and wedding events, the hotel also offers 10,000
square feet of function space including 10 meeting and banquet rooms for
groups up to 320.
Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, a subsidiary of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation
(NYSE: WYN), offers upscale hotel and resort accommodations throughout
the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Mexico and the Caribbean. All
hotels are either franchised or managed by Wyndham Hotels and Resorts or
an affiliate. Additional information is available at www.wyndham.com.