New Castle Hotels and Resorts celebrated the opening yesterday of the 103-suite Fairfield Inn and Suites Downtown New Orleans/French Quarter Area, the company’s first project in this top U.S. convention and leisure market. Rockbridge Capital provided financing for the project.
The historic hotel, built in 1910 as the Interstate Electric Company, was acquired by New Castle in April of 2015 and under the direction of New Orleans architect John T. Campo Associates, underwent a $10-million transformation utilizing historic tax credits for the preservation of the building’s façade and interior structures.
“New Castle has a long history of rescuing high-potential historic buildings and transforming them into top-performing, modern hotels that reflect their original character,” said Gerry Chase, president and COO of New Castle Hotels & Resorts. “This Fairfield Inn and Suites, in the center of New Orleans Central Business District, threads the needle of evolving guest expectations by combining the best attributes of this popular Marriott brand, and the destination-specific details and influences that speak to contemporary travelers.”
Chase cited the 13-foot ceilings in the guestrooms, exposed original brick interior walls and support beams, and the building’s façade as noteworthy examples of the hotel’s historic character. Jazz-themed lobby decor and a full-service bar, 346Blu, pay homage to the city’s vibrant music scene and elevate the hotel beyond the traditional Fairfield prototype.
Located in the Central Business District, and just 15 miles from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, the Fairfield Inn & Suites New Orleans Downtown/French Quarter Area is within walking distance of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the Morial Convention Center and Harrah’s New Orleans Casino as well as the city’s famed French Quarter. The hotel also is in close proximity to the Port of New Orleans, Shell Oil, Entergy, New Orleans City Hall and numerous federal government offices.