$45 Million NOPSI Hotel Opens in CBD

by • July 11, 2017 • Hotel & HospitalityComments (0)1336

The NOPSI Hotel in the New Orleans CBD is now open.

The nine-story brick building was originally constructed in 1927 as the headquarters for New Orleans Public Service Inc. (NOPSI), the city’s former utility company and transit operator.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, NOPSI Hotel features 217 refined guest rooms – including 76 suites – a lively and regionally inspired restaurant called Public Service, 14,000 square feet of architecturally significant indoor and outdoor meeting space, and a sophisticated rooftop pool and bar named Above the Grid.

Building and Land Technology purchased the 200,000 square foot building in 2015 for $11.6 million and proceeding with a $33 million renovation.

“We are delighted to bring this unique property back to the community. We were drawn to the building’s beauty and history, and our restoration ensures the spirit of this great city is fittingly captured,” said Carl Kuehner, Chairman of Building and Land Technology (BLT).

Salamander Hotels & Resorts is the hotel’s management company.

The property was originally designed by Favrot and Livaudais, a Louisiana-based architectural firm that designed many other historically significant buildings. Woodward Design + Build from New Orleans served as the hotel’s architect of record and general contractor during the renovation process.

The hotel’s classically designed guest rooms range in size from 350 to 800 square feet, and feature refined furnishings and artwork inspired by NOPSI’s heritage. Guest bathrooms incorporate a soothing spa-like tile design and oversized, luxurious showers.

The hotel has 14,000 square feet of meeting space and a 4,000 square foot Dryades ball room.

The hotel also features a new seafood restaurant, Public Service, and rooftop pool and bar, Above the Grid.

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