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All About The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS, La. - When it opened on legendary Canal Street October 6, 2000, The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans brought new life to a pair of architectural landmarks, the Maison Blanche and Kress buildings. In concert with the hotel’s grand opening, the front page of the daily newspaper read “Canal’s Crown Jewel” and it retains that title today.

In preparation of opening, the buildings underwent a $250 million restoration effort to preserve the turn-of-the-century design elements (1909 and 1910 respectively). The former shopping emporium was transformed into the first luxury hotel to open on world famous Canal Street. The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans features 527 rooms, 35,000 square feet of meeting space, a 25,000 square foot day spa and fitness center, one restaurant and one lounge on the edge of the French Quarter. The hotel was closed for fifteen months (August 2005 – December 2006) as a result of the effects of Hurricane Katrina, but the hotel’s owners spared no expense to revitalize the property (façade, basement, first floor, public space, meeting space, and outlets), ensuring that it would once again open its grand doors to visitors from around the world. This summer (2011), the hotel will undergo a $9 million room renovation; this is the first time that the rooms have been renovated since opening in 2000.

The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans offers a very unique sense of place. When you step inside the doors, you know that you are in New Orleans. The hotel’s artwork collection is valued at over $3.5 million and was purchased at estate sales and auctions throughout the State. The reception desks and elevator cabs are made of cypress, a tree indigenous to the South. Guest rooms have a classic, but bold charm, much like the people of this world class city. The hotel’s courtyard is reminiscent of those found in the adjacent French Quarter with lush foliage, a fountain, gazebo, and ample room to relax and soak in the sunshine. Culinary dishes feature crawfish, redfish, shrimp and produce from the nearby Farmer’s Market. Classic cocktails are always on the menu, making it hard to choose between a Sidecar, Brandy Milk Punch, Sazerac or Ramos Gin Fizz on any given night. Spa services range from a Café au Lait Detoxifying Massage to a Marie Laveau Voodoo Love Massage and Bath. Jazz fills the air every weekend thanks to the hotel’s headline entertainer and Grammy-nominated artist, Jeremy Davenport.

Join us at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans to experience a blend of Southern hospitality and Ritz-Carlton service.

The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans Fact Sheet

Location:
Located on world famous Canal Street is situated on the edge of the French Quarter. The hotel is a one-minute walk to Bourbon and Royal Streets and a 15- minute walk to the Convention Center.
Opened: October 6, 2000
Re-Opened: December 4, 2006
Architects: Robert M. Coleman & Partners and Williams & Associates
Interior Designer: Hirsh, Bender & Associates & Design Continuum
Historic Landmark: Maison Blanche Building; Beaux-Arts
& Architecture Kress Building; Art Nouveau
Accommodations: 527 rooms: including 37 suites, 74 Club Level accommodations, & 1 penthouse
Outlets: M bistro, The Davenport Lounge and The Ritz-Carlton Spa, New Orleans

Guest Room Features & Amenities

• Décor reminiscent of typical New Orleans Garden District mansions
• Luxurious, 100% cotton, 400 thread-count sheets
• Feather beds and duvet covers
• Goose down and non-allergic foam pillows
• Italian marble baths
• Generously-sized terry bath towels
• Plush terry or lightweight bathrobe
• High-speed, wireless internet access
• Multi-line telephones with voicemail feature
• Fully stocked mini refreshment bar (not featured on Club Level)
• All rooms are non-smoking (fee will be assessed for smoking in the room)
• 24-hour room service
• Complimentary overnight shoeshine service
• Overnight laundry service
• Barrier free accessibility

Property Features & Amenities

• Club Level accommodations
• Smoke-free dining and entertainment venues
• 35,000 square-feet of meeting space
• Distinctly New Orleans decor, color scheme, art and antique collection
• Fitness Center with cardiovascular and strength training equipment
• 25,000 square-foot destination spa with twenty-two treatment rooms
• Conference Concierge
• Babysitting services available upon request through the concierge
• Valet parking
• Limousine services available upon request through the concierge
• Express check-in and departure


Reservations: 1 (800) 241-3333


AWARDS & HONORS

500 World’s Best Hotels- Travel + Leisure (2001 - 2006; 2008-2010)
Top 5 Farm-to-Table Hotel Restaurants, M bistro- Travel + Leisure (2010)
Top 100 U.S. Hotels- Condé Nast Traveler (2009, 2010)
The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans
Top 10 Luxury Spas- SpaFinder (2010)
Best Urban Hotel Spa, Favorite Spa Therapist & Spa Manager- Spa Finder (2009)
Best in Show New Orleans Wine & Food Experience, M bistro (2005; 2007-2010)
Best Hotel, Best Place to Get a Massage in New Orleans- The Gambit (2008-2010)
Favorite Day Spa, Hotel, & Best Bar in New Orleans- New Orleans Magazine (2010)
Best in City- International Restaurant and Hotel Awards (2009)
Black Book, The Ritz-Carlton Spa, New Orleans- InStyle (2008)
Top 26 Best Hotels in the World- Simply the Best (2008)
Coolest Hotel for Honeymoon- Brides (2011)
World’s Best Business Hotels- Wallpaper* and Fortune (2008)
19 Coolest Hotels in the World- Vogue Entertaining & Travel AU (2008)
Top 100 Luxury Hotels in the World- Robb Report (2008)
101 Best Hotel Suites in the World- Elite Traveler (2008)
65 Best Hotels in the World- Condé Nast Traveler UK (2008)


For media inquiries, please contact:

Allison Elfrink
Communications Coordinator
The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans
921 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 524-1331