A Story of Rebirth
When the 116-year-old hotel reopened in 2009, it had not been seen by the public eye since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Louisiana coast in August 2005. In restoring the hotel, the goal was to celebrate the history of the building by uncovering the beauty of the details that had been buried over the years, bringing back the original grandeur of the hotel.
Rediscovering 125 Years of History
We made more than a few discoveries during our renovations. Old pennies were found behind old fuses, as they were used long ago to improve electrical connections. Mosaic tile that was once covered by carpet is now fully exposed throughout the main lobby. Other architectural elements, such as handmade plaster work in elevator lobbies, coffered ceilings and more, have been revealed. Outside of the hotel, workers found a Grunewald sign that had been covered with pieces of lead for about 85 years. It is now re-exposed at the Roosevelt Way entrance.
The Blue Room and Sazerac Bar are now fully restored, so patrons can once again enjoy the decadence of years past. The Blue room is complete with gleaming chandeliers and architectural details that delight. The space is no longer used as a supper club, but for weddings, banquets, Sunday Brunch and live entertainment. The Sazerac Bar is complete with elegant woodwork and Art Deco murals by artist Paul Ninas, who painted them shortly after moving to New Orleans in 1932.
Select a Special Offer
125th Anniversary Giveback Sweepstakes
The Roosevelt is inviting guests to bring in items taken from the hotel in the past: hotel keys, pillow covers, robes, menus, décor— for the chance to win a seven-night stay in the presidential suite, and other prizes.Read More
Rooftop Chef Pop-Up Series
Come celebrate our 125th Anniversary by joining us on the rooftop pool deck every Thursday evening starting in the fall for food pop-ups from local New Orleans chefs.Read More
Waldorf Astoria Gift Cards
Give the gift of health & wellness with our Waldorf Astoria Spa Gift CardLearn More