New Orleans' Eliza Jane hotel opens, joins Hyatt's Unbound Collection

The Eliza Jane hotel. Photo credit: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Rockbridge and HRI Properties opened The Eliza Jane, a 196-room hotel located in New Orleans, two blocks from the French Quarter and a short walk away from many of the city’s iconic landmarks. HRI Lodging will oversee management and operations of property.

The Eliza Jane is is built within nine historic warehouses that stand distinct on the outside, but have been united inside to create sizable guest accommodations in addition to a 2,000 square-foot open-air interior courtyard. Inspired by buildings’ history, the hotel’s design team drew inspiration from many of the buildings’ original occupants: The Daily Picayune, the Gulf Baking Soda company, as well as the Peters Cartridge shop and Peychaud Bitters factory.

The hotel is named after Eliza Jane Nicholson, publisher of The Daily Picayune in the late 1800s and the first woman publisher of a major metropolitan newspaper in the United States. The hotel’s design showcases this history, giving guests and locals alike a glimpse into centuries-old stories and a feel of old New Orleans charm.

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“Our goal with The Eliza Jane was to embrace the history and location of these distinct buildings to create a special experience for our guests. The team worked hard to capture the classic culture of New Orleans and has no doubt succeeded,” Jim Merkel, CEO of Rockbridge, said in a statement. “We have really enjoyed our collaboration with HRI and Makeready to create a truly unique destination in New Orleans.”

The Eliza Jane joins The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand, which launched in 2016 as a unique collection of new and existing luxury and upper-upscale properties offering unique stay experiences and story-worthy moments.

Designed by Stonehill Taylor, the hotel’s accommodations and amenities comprise 196 guestrooms with 50 suites, including 12 signature suites, a fitness center, garden courtyard and food and beverage offerings by Makeready, which will include a locally-inspired restaurant and a lobby bar, which is now open. The Eliza Jane will also have more than 1,700 square feet of multi-purpose event space, suitable for hosting meetings and celebrations, as well as an alfresco patio adjacent to the restaurant.

“New Orleans is one of the most exciting places in the country, and we are thrilled to bring a fresh take on the city’s hospitality scene with the opening of The Eliza Jane,” Travis Tague, GM of the hotel, said in a statement. “The property fully embraces our city’s spirit, and we look forward to complementing that by offering personalized and genuine New Orleans experiences to our guests.”