Ace Hotel will open a new location in New Orleans' Warehouse District in mid-2016, the company announced Tuesday (August 4). It confirmed rumors that began after the Domain Companies bought the nine-story building at 600 Carondelet St. for $5.5 million in 2013.
The 234-room Ace New Orleans will occupy the Art Deco building, which was commissioned in 1928 and formerly held the Max Barnett Furniture Store. New York-based design firm Roman and Williams, behind the Ace New York hotel, will design the space, which will include a restaurant, bar and rooftop swimming pool.
"New Orleans has enraptured us for years," said Kelly Sawdon, chief brand officer for Ace Hotel. "The culture we love at its heart is the people of the city. We can't wait to share the food, the music, the history and contribute to the swell of energy and growth that's happening."
Construction on the space began last fall. It is expected to be complete in early 2016, said Megan McNeill, spokeswoman for the Domain Companies.
Ace Hotel, a Portland, Ore.-based chain known for its eye-catching vintage interiors, is also scheduled to open a location in Pittsburgh in late 2015. The new hotels will join six other Ace properties, including ones in New York, London, Los Angeles and Panama City, Panama.
Among the amenities of the New Orleans location will be another fashionable Portland import: a Stumptown Coffee Roasters cafe, the 10th of its kind and the first in the South