Crown Jewel of New Orleans Continues to be the Epitome of Luxury in the Big Easy.
The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel is celebrating its 125th anniversary. The legendary landmark hotel has weathered everything from turns of the century to storms of the century, remaining throughout its storied past a hotel that embodies all that makes New Orleans one of the world’s greatest luxury destinations.
For this landmark anniversary ,The Roosevelt is inviting guests to take a walk through history at every step of their stay. Order Louisiana’s infamous governor, U.S. senator and presidential candidate, Huey P. Long’s favorite drink, a Ramos Gin Fizz in the Sazerac Bar, recently named the #1 Hotel Bar by voters in USA Today’s 10 Best poll. In a city filled with extraordinary culinary options, one of the best is under your own roof, as you can dine in the height of elegance in the Fountain Lounge while enjoying home-grown live jazz performances nightly. As you reflect on the timeless characteristics of the hotel’s lobby, take time to learn about the historic piano that sits in the lobby, or Huey P. Long’s deposit box, which is still in use as a donation fund to the local Kingsley House. One visit to the Roosevelt and guests will discover why the city of New Orleans granted the hotel’s request for the street along the front entrance to be renamed Roosevelt Way in 2013.
The hotel has long stood as the pinnacle of luxury in the Crescent City from its opening in 1893 as The Grunewald Hotel, to becoming The Roosevelt Hotel in 1923, The Fairmont Hotel in 1965, and finally becoming The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel in 2009. There’s something for everyone at The Roosevelt New Orleans. Just ask the famous guests from the past century.
The Roosevelt has hosted numerous presidents from Eisenhower to Ford and Clinton, as well as celebrities and musicians from the golden age of American entertainment including Elvis Presley, Judy Garland, and New Orleans’ own Fats Domino. Some of them even took stage in the Blue Room—a room synonymous with classic big band tunes and supper clubs. 1930’s performances included Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Marlene Dietrich, Jimmy Durante and more. Local New Orleans radio station WWL would broadcast live during these performances, oftentimes airing overseas for our military to enjoy. Additionally, the hotel has starred on its own being featured in major motion pictures including JFK, Trumbo, LBJ, and Broken City, among others.
“Nothing compares to The Roosevelt New Orleans’ unique history and timeless luxury, in a city known for its legendary hospitality,” said General Manager Tod Chambers. “Each guest’s experience speaks to the soul of our remarkable city and hotel, and it’s been that way for 125 years. Combining the historic design of our hotel with modern amenities and impeccable service is the reason we are able to celebrate this monumental occasion.”
It’s true New Orleans is a city like no other. Few events showcase extravagance like Mardi Gras, where The Roosevelt plays host to supper dances and grand marches for Carnival organizations such as Rex, Comus, the Knights of Babylon and others.
The Roosevelt is also host to an extravaganza all its own. When a group of women stormed the historic Sazerac Bar in the hotel on September 26, 1949, they demanded equality—and a stiff drink—at a time when women were only allowed to be served at the bar on Mardi Gras day. To honor these women and continue their legacy, the annual Stormin’ of the Sazerac includes historic New Orleans libations a three course luncheon, fashion show and competition in the Blue Room, where those celebrities and musicians made their mark over 80 years ago.
The Roosevelt has already begun its anniversary celebration by hosting a supper club dinner and show in The Blue Room in July 2018, featuring Joe Piscopo, Renee Olstead, Dave Damiani & The No Vacancy Orchestra. The anniversary celebrations will be continuing throughout the year, and into 2019, giving interested guests ample time to celebrate as well. When you stay at The Roosevelt, you’re becoming a part of the history yourself—and helping to keep it alive.
Today, The Roosevelt’s luxurious approach gives a nod to its history while providing guests with the utmost experiential opportunity with world-class cocktails and dining, up-to-date relaxation techniques in the Waldorf Astoria Spa and ideal celebration venues, in addition to its 504 elegant rooms and 125 exquisite suitesAs a Waldorf Astoria hotel, The Roosevelt strives to set a new standard for luxury for its guests, in a hotel long known as “The Pride of the South.”
And now just might be the perfect time to visit. It’s also New Orleans’ tricentennial anniversary. Together, the city and the hotel are proud to showcase the institutions and locations that partook in the city’s most peculiar stories and history.
Photos courtesy of The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel