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National Geographic named New Orleans one of the top 20 destinations in the world to visit in 2014, but why not visit this beloved city a month earlier? The holidays in New Orleans is a joyful time enjoyed by the whole family.
Here are some of the best holiday activities in the city:
Krewe of Jingle Parade
Steps away from The Roosevelt Hotel, New Orleans’ official holiday parade will roll down Canal Street starting at 1pm. This holiday parade enjoyed by many will include authentic parade floats, marching band and Christmas Characters.
Saturday December 7th | Event takes place at 1pm
Caroling in Jackson Square
Indulge in the holiday spirit with caroling in Jackson Square.
Sunday December 22nd | Event takes place at 7:00pm
Celebration in the Oaks
The most spectacular holiday light festival in the country!
November 29 – January 4 | Sunday – Thursday 6pm-10pm
Venture out into Greater New Orleans to experience a time-honored Louisiana tradition. The local community-build bonfires help light the way for Pap Noel, Cajun Santa Clause, during his Christmas Eve arrival.
Event Starts at 5:00 pm in Gramercy, Louisiana
Waldorf Winter Wonderland
Your holiday trip to New Orleans won’t be complete until you stroll through our Waldorf Winter Wonderland. Free and open to the public, come visit our block-long lobby complete with thousands of twinkle lights. And don’t forget to visit our annual gingerbread display and festive hot chocolate bar!
The Roosevelt New Orleans, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel, has been ranked for the first time as one of the top large hotels in the United States and Canada by the readers of Travel + Leisure Magazine.
The Roosevelt’s No. 13 ranking in the magazine’s 16th annual World’s Best Awards surpassed a number of other properties in far larger luxury destination cities, including New York, Chicago, Vancouver, San Francisco and others. Travel + Leisure readers evaluated rooms, facilities, location, service, restaurants, food and value. The category in which The Roosevelt was rated includes large-city hotels with more than 100 rooms.
“This grand hotel, just one street west of the French Quarter, embraces the elegance and drama of 1893 New Orleans,” the magazine writes in its report. The publication also cites the Guerlain Spa at The Roosevelt, the expansive size of the guest rooms and numerous in-room amenities.
General Manager Tod Chambers expressed pride in the ranking. “We’re pleased that guests, visitors and locals appreciate the focus on luxury that guided every part of our $170 million historic restoration. We thank the readers of Travel + Leisure and encourage everyone to experience the legendary Roosevelt.”
For a complete list of winners, visit http://www.travelandleisure.com/worldsbest/2011.
The Roosevelt New Orleans, reborn as a Waldorf Astoria Hotel, will mark the second anniversary of its reopening this July following completion of a $170 million historic restoration in 2009.
The landmark downtown New Orleans property, shuttered after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, originally opened in 1893 as the Grunewald. In 1923, it was rebranded as The Roosevelt in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt and retained its distinctive moniker until it changed hands in 1965 and was renamed The Fairmont.
Since its reopening, nearly 350,000 guests have stayed at the historic property, the equivalent of the entire population of Orleans Parish, in which the property is located. These guests include celebrities, musicians, politicians from around the globe and major industry CEOs.
The Roosevelt New Orleans has also served as the backdrop for a number of prominent meetings and conventions, performances and city-wide celebrations, and has hosted countless visitors for events such as the annual Teddy Bear Tea and holiday lobby displays. This year, the hotel was the site of a weeklong National Football League owners’ meeting.
Additionally, the world-famous Blue Room returned as a destination for entertainment by welcoming clarinetist Pete Fountain to christen the reopening, the James Rivers Movement for Sunday Jazz Brunch, performances of “The Kingfish” with actor Spud McConnell and more. The Roosevelt also has hosted numerous local and visiting artists, weddings and other celebrations.
“During the past two years, the New Orleans community has welcomed The Roosevelt with a passion that we strive to reciprocate in our guest service, events and restaurants,” said general manager Tod Chambers. “With each year that passes, we appreciate more and more the continued support that locals and visitors bring to our hotel. We look forward to continuing to provide our partners, vendors, owners and guests with incredible memories at this legendary hotel for years to come.”
Thank you New Orleans Magazine readers for voting The Roosevelt New Orleans Hotel as “Favorite Hotel” and “Favorite Renovated Building” in the Tops of the Town, January issue. And we can’t forget the Sazerac Bar which was named “Favorite Hotel Bar” and “Favorite House Specialty Drink.” We cannot thank you enough for your continued support. Come visit us soon!
Food & Wine Magazine included The Roosevelt New Orleans in its list of the “Best Hotels of 2010.” See complete list by clicking the link below. The article will be published in the December issue.
Thank you for voting The Roosevelt “Best Hotel” and the Sazerac Bar ”Best Hotel Bar” and “Best Place to Get a Sazerac” in The Gambit’s Best of New Orleans 2010!
For a complete list of winners, visit http://bestofneworleans.com/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A80631.
The Roosevelt New Orleans will roll out the red carpet for a historic grand-opening gala weekend Oct. 23-25 featuring world-famous New Orleans entertainers and the introduction of John Besh’s Domenica Restaurant and the acclaimed Guerlain Spa, benefiting area non-profits.
The newest member of the Waldorf Astoria brand, the hotel follows up on its July ribbon-cutting with a weekend of festivities expected to attract up to 1,000 guests to hear New Orleans’ first family of funk, the Neville Brothers; Grammy Award-winning singer Irma Thomas; musician, composer and producer Allen Toussaint; and clarinetist Tim Laughlin.
The events will coincide with the opening of Domenica as well as the introduction of the 12,500-square-foot Guerlain Spa, which will feature 10 private treatment rooms, a fitness center, a couple’s therapy suite and more.
“Our grand-opening marks the return of a New Orleans icon that is revered by locals and visitors from around the world,” said general manager Tod Chambers. “Downtown New Orleans has what we call a ‘sense of place’ because of its history and vibrancy. Now, with the return of The Roosevelt, we’re playing a key role in our city’s future.”
The Oct. 23 and 24 events are combined into one package that includes a two-night stay at the luxurious hotel, two tickets to the events, a welcome amenity upon arrival, a Roosevelt New Orleans commemorative gift and valet parking. Entertainment includes:
* Oct. 23: The Neville Brothers in the Roosevelt Ballroom starting at 8 p.m. Included are two tickets to the performance, hors d’oeuvres and an open-bar reception.
* Oct. 24: Grammy Award-winning singer Irma Thomas and musician, composer, and producer Allen Toussaint in the Roosevelt Ballroom starting at 8 p.m. Included are two tickets to the performance, a four-course dinner, wine and a champagne toast. Black tie is required for this event.
Prices for these packaged events are $1,500 per couple for guests choosing a deluxe room and $1,750 per couple for those preferring a luxury suite.
Tickets to the Oct. 25 champagne jazz brunch in the Blue Room, open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., may be purchased at an additional cost of $75 each.
Reservations are available by calling in-house reservations at (504) 648-5380.
Milestone Includes Ceremony in Typical New Orleans Style, Along with Dignitaries Present and “Past”
At The Roosevelt’s ribbon-cutting ceremony July 30 are (left to right) former Louisiana Gov. Huey P. Long (played by a local actor); principal owner Sam Friedman of Dimension Development; Alan Rose with Dimension Development; Tod Chambers, general manager of the hotel; Paul Brown, president of Global Brands and Shared Services for Hilton Hotels Corporation); Jackie Clarkson, New Orleans City Council vice president); and Stacy Head, member of the New Orleans City Council.
Also at the ceremony were former President Teddy Roosevelt, portrayed by a local actor; Tod Chambers, hotel general manager; Paul Brown, president of Global Brands and Shared Services for Hilton Hotels Corporation; Tim Benolken, senior vice president, also of Hilton Hotels Corporation; Andy Slater, area vice president of Hilton Hotels Corporation); and former Louisiana Gov. Huey P. Long, portrayed by a local actor.
To mark its official return as New Orleans’ grand-hotel and a top American luxury property, Hilton Hotels Corporation executives along with New Orleans dignitaries including two “legends” last seen at the hotel almost three-fourths of a century ago cut the ribbon today to The Roosevelt New Orleans, a downtown landmark.
“Today represents the passion and determination of the people of New Orleans, its city leaders and our ownership to preserving the past while celebrating the future of this great city and iconic hotel,” said Tod Chambers, general manager of the 116-year-old hotel. “Ecstatic, proud and a tremendous sense of accomplishment are words that come to mind.”
Following a $145-million historic restoration that returns the Roosevelt name for the first time since 1965, the hotel is the newest member of the Waldorf Astoria Brand. “The Roosevelt holds a special place in the hearts of New Orleanians and visitors from around the world. Today is definitely a day for celebration.”
Joining Chambers to cut the ribbon was Paul Brown, president of Global Brands and Shared Services for Hilton Hotels Corporation, of which the Waldorf Astoria Brand is the luxury arm.
To be part of the Waldorf Astoria Brand, a hotel must be an iconic local landmark that radiates timeless luxury, impeccable service and world-class style,” Brown said. “The Roosevelt does just that. From its classic elegance and storied venues, such as the Blue Room and the Sazerac Bar, to its incomparably rich history, The Roosevelt is archetypical example of the type of property that characterizes the Waldorf Astoria brand.
“Today’s ceremony is another important milestone in Hilton’s continuing commitment to New Orleans and to the vibrant spirit of this community.”
Other presenters were New Orleans City Council president Jacqueline Brechtel Clarkson and principal owner Sam Friedman of Dimension Development.
Taking to the podium following a downtown motorcade in a 1941 yellow convertible Cadillac coupe once owned by the Vanderbilt family were “Louisiana Gov. Huey P. Long” and “U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt.” Each was portrayed by a local actor to salute the pair’s connections to the legendary hotel.
Long, a populist governor in the late 1920s and U.S. Senator in the early 1930s until his death in 1935, kept a suite at he hotel for much of his public life and was responsible for tales regarding the hotel that linger today. The name of the hotel, which opened in 1893 as the Grunewald, was changed to The Roosevelt in 1925 in honor of the former President, who also was a frequent guest and whose likeness, complete with spectacles and moustache, still marks one of the hotel’s historic entrances. The hotel bore that moniker until it was renamed the Fairmont in the mid-1960s.
Providing music for the rebirth of the hotel and of the city itself were the Rebirth Brass Band and pianist Ronnie Kole.
The grand hotel boasts 504 rooms, of which 135 are luxury suites, some named for celebrities who once visited the hotel. Other amenities include a comprehensive business center, private dining and suite butler service, an outdoor pool and courtyard, and a specialty gift shop.
The Blue Room also has been restored to its previous splendor and already is serving as a place for families and friends to enjoy good music and food and celebrate life’s special occasions. On Sunday mornings starting in October, the Blue Room will feature a grand brunch complete with delights such as mascarpone-stuffed French toast with house-made satsuma marmalade, boiled Gulf shrimp, a carving table featuring the finest roasted meats and much more.
Guests have the opportunity to enjoy a beverage in the Sazerac Bar and Restaurant, a Roosevelt landmark for decades. The Sazerac Bar serves its signature Sazerac beverage and Ramos Gin Fizz – both invented in New Orleans and made popular worldwide by The Roosevelt and by Long – among other delights. In addition to beverages that stimulate the palate, Sazerac patrons again enjoy the Art Deco-style murals by artist Paul Ninas.
The Roosevelt New Orleans also features nearly 60,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including three spectacular ballrooms and 23 distinctive meeting and event rooms that span two floors of the hotel.
To take advantage of any of the hotel’s offers, guests and visitors can call 1-800-WALDORF or visit www.therooseveltneworleans.com. For more information about booking any of the rooms, contact Mark Wilson at (504) 648-1200 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.