Chateau Sonesta changes name and flag to Chateau Bourbon Hotel-A Windham Historic Hotel

October 24 2008 | Latest News

For more information, contact:
Honoré Aschaffenburg
HRI Lodging, Inc.
(504) 566-0204

Hotel to become member of Wyndham historic hotel portfolio

NEW ORLEANS, LA (October 23, 2008)—The Chateau Sonesta hotel, converted from the historic former D.H. Holmes department store by HRI Properties, Inc., will change its name October 24th to the Chateau Bourbon Hotel-A Wyndham Historic Hotel, announced Honoré Aschaffenburg, president of HRI Lodging.

“In the next three months, we will upgrade this historic property with new flat screen televisions, new guest room and event space carpeting as well as luxurious Wyndham bedding,” said Aschaffenburg. “We also are planning major improvements to bathrooms, room furniture and fixtures,” he added.

“Our goal is to restore the Chateau Bourbon Hotel back to its status as one of the finest luxury hotels in the French Quarter through our affiliation with Wyndham Historic Hotels, which has a sterling reputation in the lodging industry for supportive and valuable partnerships with hotels in historic buildings,” said Aschaffenburg.

Chateau Bourbon Hotel-A Wyndham Historic Hotel is the ninth historic property to join the Wyndham portfolio, which includes the Whitney in New Orleans; the Abraham Lincoln in Reading, Pa.; Hotel Galvez and Tremont House in Galveston, Texas; The Roberts Mayfair in St. Louis; The St. Anthony in San Antonio; Union Station in Nashville; The George Washington in Winchester, Va.

HRI Properties in 1995 converted the former D.H. Holmes department store, beloved by New Orleans shoppers for generations and made famous worldwide by the novel Confederacy of Dunces. The project was then a pioneering joint venture with the city of New Orleans, which was given the building by the buyer of the D.H. Holmes chain. HRI retained the famous clock that was the opening site of the novel and the traditional meeting spot for generations of New Orleanians.

HRI also transformed the store’s adjacent 1919 warehouse into 87 apartments. The company received an award from the Vieux Carré Commission for the restoration of the D.H Holmes Apartments.

The 251-room Chateau Bourbon-A Wyndham Historic Hotel is steps from the French Quarter and its famed antiques shops, jazz clubs and premier visitor attractions. The pre-Civil War structure was formerly D.H. Holmes department store, which operated for more than 140 years until it was converted into a luxury hotel by HRI Properties, the nation’s pioneer in the restoration and adaptation of historic buildings in city centers.

For more information about Chateau Bourbon, contact Kristi Taglauer, general manager at 504-565-4501.

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