The developers behind a new Virgin Hotel in downtown New Orleans are scheduled to break ground on the $55 Million project in April.
Dallas-based Gatehouse Capital and David Garcia of DAG Development are the developers. The new hotel at 550 Baronne Street will rise 14 stories and include 225-rooms, a ground floor restaurant, a 2,500-square-foot ballroom, a few thousand feet of meeting space, and a rooftop pool and fitness center. According to plans filed with the city, the hotel will cost $55 million to build.
The Virgin flag is part of Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, which currently has a hotel in Chicago with new hotels planned for Palms Springs, Silicon Valley, Nashville and New York.
“New Orleans is an incredibly special city and one Virgin Hotels has had an eye on from the beginning,” Virgin Hotels CEO Raul Leal said in a news release. “We’re excited to bring the Virgin experience to the Big Easy because it’s a perfect fit in terms of our values and our emphasis on creating unique and immersive experiences for our guests.”
Broadmoor Construction is the General Contractor, and Mathes Brierre Architects and Los Angeles-based RTKL Architects comprise the design team. The hotel should open in early 2019.
A rendering of the newly proposed Virgin Hotel in downtown New Orleans.