Hotel Indigo opens after $23 million renovation

Posted on: January 2 2013
Hotel Indigo opened Dec. 27th after renovations were completed.

Monday, December 31, 2012
BY: Greg LaRose, City Business Editor

The hotel at the corner of St. Charles and Jackson avenues that has been closed since 2008 has reopened after a facelift.

RLJ Lodging Trust is receiving guests at the 132-room Hotel Indigo New Orleans Garden District after undertaking a $23.3 million renovation, which comes to about $177,000 per room. The property was under the flag of the Clarion Collection Garden District Hotel until four years ago.

Hotel Indigo’s website showed room rates starting at $152 for the upcoming weekend. In a Dec. 27 statement announcing the property is open for business, RLJ Lodging Trust noted that New Orleans hotels have seen revenue-per-available-room growth of 15.9 percent through November, which has outpaced markets such as San Francisco, Los Angeles and Boston.

The property portfolio of RLJ, a publicly traded company based in Bethesda, Md., also includes the Hilton Garden Inn near the Morial Convention Center. In all, the company has 145 hotels in 21 states and Washington, D.C.

Robert L. Johnson, a minority owner in the Charlotte Bobcats NBA franchise, is the founder and chairman of RLJ’s parent company, and former U.S. senator and Indiana Gov. Evan Bayh sits on the board of directors.