“New Orleans has a new luxury hotel. The NOPSI Hotel has officially opened its doors in the Central Business District, a short walk from the French Quarter.
The hotel is part of Salamander Hotel & Resorts, which was launched by BET network co-founder Sheila Johnson.
The nine-story brick property was originally built in 1927 as the headquarters for New Orleans Public Service Inc. (NOPSI), then the city’s utility company and transit operator. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The restoration retained and improved the street façade, cast-iron rails, stone panels, and the lobby’s vaulted ceilings, arches, and stone terrazzo flooring.
“We were drawn to the building’s beauty and history, and our restoration ensures the spirit of this great city is fittingly captured,” says Carl Kuehner, chairman of Building and Land Technology (BLT), the hotel’s owner.
NOPSI features 217 guestrooms, including 76 suites, and 14,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space. Guestrooms range in size from 350 to 800 square feet.
The hotel has a restaurant called Public Service, a rooftop pool and bar named Above the Grid. It also has a lobby bar called undercurrent Bar & Patio.
Thousands of manhole covers throughout the city still bear the NOPSI name, which inspired the hotel’s logo.”
via USAToday by Nancy Trejos