ORLANDO—With a presence in more than 75 countries across the globe, Hard Rock International is expanding its hotel portfolio into the historic French Quarter and New Orleans Theater District. Working in collaboration with local developer, Kailas Companies, Hard Rock will amplify The Big Easy with the addition of an 18-story building housing Hard Rock Hotel New Orleans and the Residences at the Hard Rock Hotel New Orleans. The hotel is scheduled to open in the spring of 2019.
Located on a landmark corner in the heart of New Orleans, blocks from the sixth largest convention center in the country, the property will sit adjacent to two-street car lines, allowing guests easy access to all parts of the city. The new development melds together New Orleans’ rich history of music and culture.
“As Hard Rock continues to expand globally, our focus will be influential cities with deep musical roots,” states Todd Hricko, SVP, head of global hotel development for Hard Rock International. “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.”
Accommodating both business and leisure travelers, Hard Rock Hotel New Orleans will offer 350 rooms for hotel guests, in addition to 62 one-, two- and three-bedroom units available for purchase beginning in the spring of 2018. Almost every room will offer a balcony or terrace overlooking the city, including canal-facing parade-route suites. Walls throughout the property will be adorned with pieces to fit the local music scene while paying homage to the city’s historic background. The property will also have four dynamic meeting spaces, along with two ballrooms, totaling approximately 12,000 sq. ft. of prime event space.
Regionally inspired food and beverage offerings will be available on-site, such as a three-meal, all-day dining option, a grab-and-go option, and a pool bar and grill. The property will also offer an upscale restaurant, exclusive lobby bar, and exclusive rooftop sky bar and lounge.
In true Hard Rock style, the hotel will offer music-based experiences available through brand-wide amenities and programs, including access to the Rock Shop, where guests will be able to purchase iconic Hard Rock merchandise, as well as Sound Body wellness experiences, such as a fully equipped Body Rock workout facility and Rock Om, an in-room yoga experience. Also available will be the brand’s signature Sound of Your Stay amenity program, which is an interactive music experience enjoyed from the comfort of one’s room.