Two typically New Orleans traditions will return this holiday season to The Roosevelt New Orleans, as the grand hotel brings back the beloved Teddy Bear Tea and decorated lobby, newly named the Waldorf Wonderland at The Roosevelt.
“The holidays are such a wonderful time, especially for families,” said general manager Tod Chambers. “Families across the Gulf South grew up with these two marvelous traditions. That’s why we’re thrilled to be able to bring them back, this time under the Roosevelt name and with the same luxury that distinguishes every Waldorf Astoria hotel around the world.”
Keeping with the Waldorf Astoria brand, the Waldorf Wonderland Lobby at The Roosevelt will contain all of the charm guests have come to expect, with a sophisticated twist. This year, the grand lobby will be transformed into a canopy of white birch branches and thousands of twinkling lights. The lobby also will be lined with Christmas trees decorated with bows and ornaments, poinsettias and other holiday-themed displays.
“It was important to us when choosing a holiday concept that it accentuate and embrace the luxury and grandeur of the architectural detail uncovered through the restoration,” said Chambers.
The holiday delight has been a New Orleans tradition since the 1930s and returns once again from Dec. 1, 2009 through Jan. 2, 2010.
Teddy Bear Tea returns to The Roosevelt, Dec. 5 – 6, 12 – 13 and 19 – 23, inside the Crescent City Ballroom with seatings at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The event, which is a family favorite during the holidays, hosts guests and their children for a special tea party featuring children’s menu items which may include some combination of hot chocolate, scones, pizza and petite sandwiches, as well as traditional tea, a cash bar and a menu for adults. Each child will receive a teddy bear upon arrival. Entertainment will include storytellers and trumpeters, as well as appearances by Santa, his elves and Mrs. Claus. Framed, commemorative photos with Santa will be available at an additional cost.
“Both of these events help put locals, visitors and their loved ones in the holiday spirit,” Chambers said. “To host these events at a grand hotel like The Roosevelt adds to the sense of amazement for children. We look forward to the big smiles and memories we can help create, for both the young and the young at heart.”
Tickets for Teddy Bear Tea are $49 for adults and $34 for children 10 years and younger, plus tax and gratuity, and can be purchased by calling The Roosevelt at (504) 648-1200.
Guests can extend their holiday cheer at The Roosevelt with the Papa Noel rates starting as low at $139 for a deluxe guest room and $199 for a suite. To take advantage of this offer, guests can call 1-800-WALDORF or visit www.therooseveltneworleans.com. Enter promotional code PN when booking. The special is available Dec. 9 – 29, 2009, based on availability. Rate excludes taxes, gratuities and incidental charges.