May 21, 2024

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Canopy by Hilton makes Downtown New Orleans debut

Canopy by Hilton New Orleans Downtown Bar (Imagery: Canopy Hilton)

Canopy by Hilton New Orleans Downtown is now open near the city’s famous French Quarter.

The 176-key, 14-storey lifestyle hotel takes over a historic site and is now hosting guests in space also comprising a restaurant that pays homage to the city’s past.

A historic renovation

The global hospitality company, Aimbridge Hospitality, has announced the grand opening of this new Canopy by Hilton hotel, which was developed by NewcrestImage and Baywood Hotels as a joint venture and sold to Summit as the last remaining hotel of a 27-hotel transaction.

The hotel occupies the 1959-built former Oil and Gas Building, which was designed by August Perez & Associates and Edward B. Silverstein & Associates and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2014 for its use of glass, steel and abstract geometry.

Having been transformed into this new Canopy by Hilton property, the site is now home to accommodation reflecting the Canopy by Hilton brand, along with a restaurant and bar representing the locale.

“We are thrilled to bring the Canopy brand to New Orleans and provide guests with a refreshing hotel option that matches the city’s energetic atmosphere and culture,” said Phil Cordell, global brand head, Canopy by Hilton and category head, Hilton Lifestyle Brands.

“The hotel’s design, as well as curated food and beverage concepts were influenced by the surrounding area, allowing us to authentically connect guests with the neighbourhood made famous for its lively architecture, music and cuisine.”

A reflection of the site

Fitting in with the brand it’s a part of, the new hotel combines sophisticated comfort with an authentically local experience. Owing to the building’s rehabilitated curtainwall, the property is filled with natural light and all guest rooms command city views.

Guests can expect an artisanal quality breakfast using fresh local ingredients and amenities such as a transfer lounge for early or late arrivals and 1,700 sq ft of meeting space including a private patio. 

The onsite restaurant, Ginger Roux, references the hotel’s location in what used to be New Orleans’ Chinatown district. Led by chef Jonathan Hostetler, the Creole and Cantonese-inspired dining venue specialises in dishes like crawfish boil fried rice, boudin lumpia, gumbo dumplings, General Tso’s alligator and crawfish etouffee shumai, alongside cocktails and a selection of wines.

This restaurant is joined by The Herbalist bar offering cocktails, gourmet coffee and loose-leaf teas, as well as fresh juices, pastries and Creole treats.

Completing the experience, the hotel’s “Canopy Enthusiasts” connect guests to the best of New Orleans, suggesting hidden sites and scheduling tours. Canopy Bikes are available for exploration of the surroundings.