Hard Rock Intl. is expanding its hotel portfolio into New Orleans’ historic French Quarter. Working with local developer, Kailas Cos., the newbuild, 18-story Hard Rock Hotel New Orleans is scheduled to open in spring 2019. The property will offer 350 hotel keys, along with 62 one-, two- and three-bedroom residences.
According to The New Orleans Advocate, the hotel’s site was previously home to a 1940s-era Woolworth store that was torn down in 2014. The newspaper also reports that Harry Baker Smith Architects is working on the project.
In typical Hard Rock fashion, walls throughout the property will be decorated with memorabilia reflecting the local music scene, as well as the city’s history. The property will also include four meeting rooms and two ballrooms, totaling about 12,000 sq. ft. of space.
Regionally inspired food and beverage offerings will be available on-site, including an all-day dining option, a grab-and-go option and a pool bar and grill. The property will also feature an upscale restaurant, a lobby bar and a rooftop bar and lounge.
“As Hard Rock continues to expand globally, our focus will be influential cities with deep musical roots,” says Todd Hricko, senior vice president, head of global hotel development for Hard Rock Intl. “Home to a unique melting pot of cultures, New Orleans—known for its nightlife and vibrant live-music scene–has been a desirable choice for our next Hard Rock Hotel.”
Mohan Kailas, founder of Kailas Cos., added: “We feel privileged to partner with Hard Rock Intl. to bring this exciting development to the French Quarter. Our goal is to host New Orleans’ great traditions of music and cuisine through fine dining, entertainment and rooftop venues. We are excited to share the Hard Rock experience, and we’re sure it will soon become a favorite for locals and visitors alike.”
Hard Rock’s current portfolio includes venues in 75 countries, including 180 cafes, 24 hotels and 11 casinos. New Hard Rock hotel, casino or hotel-casino projects are slated for Atlanta, Atlantic City, Berlin, Budapest, London, Los Cabos, Maldives, New York, Ottawa, and Dalian and Haikou in China.