Renovated hotel turns to local history for new name

Posted on: December 1 2014 | Posted in: Latest News
By: Robin Shannon, Reporter CityBusiness

The owners of the Ambassador Hotel on the edge of the Warehouse District are set to reopen the property in the spring under a new name following a nine-month renovation.

The 167-room boutique hotel at 535 Tchoupitoulas St. will be known as the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery, according to a release from Provenance Hotels. The Portland, Oregon, company co-owns the hotel with New York-based GB Lodging.

Provenance and GB Lodging purchased the hotel from New Orleans hotelier Warren Reuther in 2013 for $15.85 million. In July, the company began a more than $7 million renovation of the hotel that includes a newly designed lobby, restaurant and bar, upgraded plumbing, electrical and mechanical systems, and a new layout and renovation of all guestrooms. Woodward Design+Build is handling design and construction.

Kate Buska, public relations director for Provenance, said the hotel’s new name is a subtle nod to the history of the structures that make up the building. Five buildings comprise the Ambassador’s layout. Three date back to the 1850s and were once used to store coffee, tobacco and other commodities.

E.J. Hart & Co. purchased the property in the 1860s and used it as a chandlery, or general wholesale business selling goods for sailing ships.

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