This article was published on October 11th, 2015
It’s been ten years since hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. Homes and businesses were destroyed, some beyond repair, and thousands of people were displaced. As the water began to subside, the resilient citizens returned to reclaim their historic city, just as they had done many other times in its long history. They were determined to rebuilt and get back to life as quickly as possible.
While no one ever wishes for a natural disaster to happen, and the results are devastating, many good things came of it. Basic infrastructure throughout the city was updated, the levies were reinforced, and the city began to take on a new vibrancy of hope and prosperity.
In 2015 New Orleans welcomed the opening of The Old No. 77 Hotel. Situated in the old warehouse district at the bottom of Canal Street, the property has been converted from a warehouse to a hotel about 20 years ago. The property management group purchased the hotel in August 2013 and spend a year-and-a-half making extensive renovations. It was important during the renovation to keep the heritage of the property, but give it a new, modern feel that travellers have come to expect and deserve.
“New Orleans is a soulful city rooted in history and we specialize in distinctively local renovations of historic properties,” said Bashar Wali, President of Provenance Hotels. “But, even more enticing than that, this is a city in the midst of an entrepreneurial renaissance. We are honored and excited to be channeling that energy into The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery in an artful, considered way. From the edgy design to the playful only-in-New Orleans touches, the guest experience will emphasize the innovative spirit of this amazing destination.”
The 165 room hotel is bursting with character, from large timber beams and wood plank floors, to the old red brick and iron pipes. Guests will appreciate all the new renovations, including new beds, linens, pillows, furniture, flat screen TV’s, and free in-room WiFi. Even little details like extra outlets beside the bed for tech-savvy travellers were added.
The washrooms were updated too, with beautiful slate, tile, and glass showers, pedestal sinks, and large mirrors. Fluffy white linens and premium toiletries are freshly stocked, pampering and spoiling guests who appreciate a touch of luxury.
The Old No. 77 Hotel has a fantastic restaurant just off the lobby, with a large bar to enjoy a handcrafted cocktail, glass of wine, and a thick, juicy steak. French and Italian dishes inspire the lunch and dinner menus, a nice change from the typical New Orleans fare found throughout the rest of the city.
The French Quarter is less than three blocks away, with Bourbon Street being about a five minute walk. The Old No. 77 Hotel is a beautiful, casual luxury property, without the big price tags of other chain hotels. And best of all, the staff are all about delivering an exception guest experience and always happy to help, with a giant smile to greet you.