Located on Magazine Street, the Higgins Hotel & Conference Center will feature 230 guestrooms, including 35 suites and a Presidential Suite, across eight floors. With more than 10,700 square feet of meeting space, the property offers a 6,800-square-foot conference center as well as six meeting rooms totaling 3,900 square feet.
New Orleans, Louisiana
10,700 sf of Conference Center
Owner: The National WWII Memorial, Inc.
The National World War II Museum (NWWIIM) Hotel & Conference Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, owned by the renowned museum and operated by Hostmark Hospitality Group, will be part of the museum’s ongoing expansion in the Warehouse District.
“We are thrilled to have been selected to design such an iconic project,” said James Wurst, Partner at NBWW Architects. “The design is inspired by the Art Deco style of the 1940s, honoring the historical period that the museum uncovers and serving as a transcendent experience of such a celebratory, elegant and romantic era. The hotel and conference center will undoubtedly stand as a timeless destination for guests.”
Guests will be able to take advantage of a wide range of amenities, including a business center, 1,200-square-foot fitness center, lobby bar, rooftop bar, concierge lounge, and a restaurant with a private dining option. Construction is scheduled to begin in late 2017, working to complete the project by 2019.
The National World War II Museum plans to build a $65 million, eight-story hotel and conference center on Magazine Street, part of the museum’s ongoing campus expansion in the Warehouse District.
Renderings for the art-deco influenced new tower were submitted to the Historic District Landmarks Commission this week for design approval. Museum officials hope construction can begin on the 234-room hotel in August 2017 and open in 2019.
“It’s going to be a signature part of the museum’s campus,” said Stephen Watson, executive vice president and chief operating officer. “It’s important that we build something that’s reflective of the experience of the museum, that’s of a high quality. We’re very optimistic about the future.”
The plans call for 22,000 square feet of conference space taking up the entire second floor, a fitness center, business center, a restaurant and bar, an accessible rooftop and possibly a swimming pool, although final designs are still being worked out. Room rates haven’t been determined.
The hotel will be owned by the museum and operated by Hostmark Hospitality Group, a property management company based outside of Chicago.
The hotel is designed by NBWW Architects of Coral Gables, Fla., and New Orleans-based Palmisano Contractors is on the project.
photos courtesy The National WWII Museum