Guest Rooms 217
King Rooms 170
Room Rates High $259-459 Low $149-249
Check in 4:00 PM
Check out 11:00 AM
Smoking rooms No
Pets allowed No
Valet parking $45
Seasonal Rates: High Low Shoulder
Number of Meeting Rooms 9
Ideal Group Size 50-75
Max Group Size 150
Resort Fee $2
Room Tax 15.75%
Sales Tax N/A
NOPSI Hotel is an architecturally unique industrially elegant, 1920s-era building re-imagined as a 217-room hotel featuring 81 suites. It includes the most stylish accommodations in the city, a lively and regionally inspired restaurant, Public Service, architecturally stunning meeting space, and a spectacular rooftop pool and bar, Above the Grid.
Defined by a relaxed approach to luxury and guided by local history, flavor and cuisine, NOPSI Hotel is a meeting place where business professionals, artists, athletes and celebrities come to both "see" and "be seen". A community hub for residents and hotel guests alike, NOPSI Hotel generates an energy representative of the Crescent City.
NOPSI Hotel, New Orleans Powers Up
Posted July 6, 2017
Former New Orleans Public Service Inc. headquarters re-imagined as luxury hotel Historic property opens after celebratory event attended by dignitaries, city and state officials
NEW ORLEANS (July 6, 2017) – NOPSI Hotel, New Orleans officially powered up today, illuminating the city’s luxury lodging landscape.
Located in the vibrant Central Business District, the nine-story brick building was originally constructed in 1927 as the headquarters for New Orleans Public Service Inc. (NOPSI), the city’s former utility company and transit operator. Now, nine decades after it originally opened to service the city’s needs, the historic landmark has been re-imagined as a luxury hotel with a community spirit.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, NOPSI Hotel features 217 refined guestrooms – including 76 suites – a lively and regionally inspired restaurant called Public Service, 14,000 square feet of architecturally significant indoor and outdoor meeting space, and a sophisticated rooftop pool and bar named Above the Grid.
“We are delighted to bring this unique property back to the community. We were drawn to the building’s beauty and history, and our restoration ensures the spirit of this great city is fittingly captured,” said Carl Kuehner, Chairman of Building and Land Technology (BLT), the hotel’s owner and a leading national real estate investor and developer.
Several officials and dignitaries joined Kuehner to cut a ceremonial ribbon, including Mitch Landrieu, Mayor of New Orleans; Billy Nungesser, Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana; Sheila Johnson, Founder & CEO of Salamander Hotels & Resorts, the hotel’s management company; and Ellen LeMaire, NOPSI Hotel’s General Manager.
Dedicated to providing an authentic experience inspired by the rich history of the destination it proudly serves again, NOPSI Hotel underwent a meticulous restoration, which returned the grand dame to its original splendor, including the building’s street facades, cast iron rails and stone panels. Inside the sweeping lobby, guests can discover faithfully renovated vaulted ceilings, graceful arches, ornamental columns, brass grills and stone terrazzo flooring.
“At NOPSI Hotel, service is more than just a word, it’s part of the building’s fabric and complements Salamander’s authentic approach to hospitality,” says Johnson, who is also one of America’s top entrepreneurs and the co-founder of Black Entertainment Television. “NOPSI Hotel will become known as one of the finest city hotels in America, and we look forward to reflecting the unique spirit of New Orleans.”
The property was originally designed by Favrot and Livaudais, a Louisiana-based architectural firm that designed many other historically significant buildings. Woodward Design + Build from New Orleans served as the hotel’s architect of record and general contractor during the renovation process. The project’s development team has also worked closely with Louisiana’s State Historic Preservation Office to ensure the architectural integrity of the building was preserved.
Within a short walk of The French Quarter, the Warehouse District and the Garden District, NOPSI Hotel is located near Lafayette Square and close to major attractions like the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and the World War II Museum. Thousands of manhole covers still bear the NOPSI name, which inspired the hotel’s unique circular logo, adding a sense of nostalgia to a walk down many of The Crescent City’s streets.
The hotel’s classically designed guest rooms range in size from 350 to 800 square feet, and feature refined furnishings and artwork inspired by NOPSI’s heritage. Guest bathrooms incorporate a soothing spa-like tile design and oversized, luxurious showers. The ninth floor features the expansive Power Suite as well as four Spa Suites with spacious terraces that can be utilized for an extraordinary in-room Salamander Spa experience.
“Many residents have fond memories of visiting NOPSI, and we understand and appreciate the great responsibility that comes with opening this historic building,” said LeMaire, the hotel’s general manager and a Louisiana native. “To preserve and bring those remembrances back to life, our dynamic team of service professionals stand ready to deliver vibrant, friendly hospitality and an authentic New Orleans experience.”
In addition to a fitness center, concierge services and 24-hour in-room dining, NOPSI Hotel also features memorable event and dining concepts:
Meetings & Events – The hotel boasts 14,000 square feet of historically significant indoor and outdoor meeting space, including the conversion of an adjacent building into the city’s most unique event location: the Dryades Ballroom. At 4,000 square feet, this industrially elegant space boasts impressive arched windows, exposed brick walls, 30-foot ceilings and a preserved 24-foot high crane and track that once transported machinery. NOPSI Hotel also features five vaulted breakout rooms, a charming and regal outdoor patio, and PS Reserve, a unique and private dining space above the hotel’s signature restaurant: Public Service.
Public Service – As the Central Business District’s most dynamic community gathering place, Public Service is a casual-yet-sophisticated restaurant respecting the civic spirit of the former New Orleans Public Service, Inc. With a menu honoring the Gulf Coast’s hard-working fishermen and farmers, Chef Dustin Brien and team prepare contemporary cuisine in an open-display kitchen, highlighted by a modern raw bar and open-flame rotisserie. The vintage design features a two-story glass façade, exposed brick and a custom-built craft bar.
Above the Grid – NOPSI Hotel’s shimmering rooftop pool and bar, Above the Grid, offers a hot spot for hotel guests, visitors and locals with a unique view of the city’s skyline. By day, the pool is a peaceful oasis for hotel guests with indulgent cabana service. In the evening, the energy level increases and the setting transforms into one of New Orleans’ coolest scenes.
underCURRENT Bar & Patio – Located in the hotel’s classic lobby, underCURRENT Bar & Patio features iconic, vaulted ceilings as the quintessential backdrop for light snacks and an afternoon cocktail experience. Patio guests can enjoy “life as a local” surrounded by wrought-iron accents reminiscent of a Crescent City courtyard.
A member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts LVX Collection and Historic Hotels of America,
NOPSI Hotel, New Orleans will open to the public July 6, 2017, at 3 p.m. Introductory room rates begin at $229 per night.
For more information, call NOPSI Hotel at 504.962.6500 or visit www.NOPSIhotel.com. Follow NOPSI Hotel @nopsihotel on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. NOPSI Hotel is located at 317 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112.
About Building and Land Technology
Building and Land Technology (BLT), founded in 1982, is a privately held real estate developer, manager and private equity firm. BLT is vertically integrated and has invested in, developed, owned and managed in excess of 25 million square feet of commercial, hotel and residential properties across 26 states. BLT is also the largest franchisee of Sotheby’s residential real estate brokerage, with 28 offices and 1,000+/- real estate agents. To learn more about BLT visit http://www.bltoffice.com.
About Salamander Hotels & Resorts
Salamander Hotels & Resorts is a privately owned and operated company based in Middleburg, VA, just outside Washington, D.C. Founded by entrepreneur Sheila Johnson in 2005, the company has a luxury portfolio featuring two distinct collections. The Signature Collection includes the stunning Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, a 340-acre equestrian-inspired property near Washington, D.C.; The Henderson, a 170-room grand beach resort in Destin, FL; NOPSI New Orleans, a new 217-room luxury historic hotel re-imagined opening in July 2017; and Hotel Bennett, a 179-room luxury hotel in Charleston, SC, opening in early spring 2018. The Golf Collection includes the famed Innisbrook Resort in Tampa Bay, which hosts an annual PGA TOUR on its Copperhead Course; the elegant Reunion Resort in Orlando, which includes Signature Course designs from Nicklaus, Palmer and Watson; and the recently renovated oceanfront Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, FL, home to layouts by Nicklaus and Watson. All Salamander properties are members of Preferred Hotels & Resorts. For additional information, visit www.SalamanderHotels.com.
Developer BLT and Salamander Hotels & Resorts Reimagine Historic NOPSI building as New Orleans Luxury Hotel
Posted September 8, 2016
Former New Orleans Public Service, Inc., HQ will reopen in June 2017 as NOPSI Hotel, New Orleans – a 217-room luxury property
NEW ORLEANS (September 8, 2016) – The historic headquarters of the former New Orleans Public Service, Inc., (NOPSI) is being reinvented as a luxury 217-room hotel called NOPSI Hotel, New Orleans.
Located in the city’s vibrant Central Business District on the corner of Baronne and Union streets, the nine-story brick building originally opened in 1927. It will reopen as NOPSI Hotel in June 2017 after a meticulous restoration returns each space to its previous splendor, including the building’s street facades, cast iron rails and stone panels.
The NOPSI Hotel will include some of the most refined accommodations in the city – including 76 suites – a lively and regionally inspired restaurant, 14,000 square feet of architecturally significant indoor and outdoor meeting space, and a sophisticated rooftop pool and bar.
The property’s developer is Building and Land Technology (BLT), a leading national real estate investor and developer. The NOPSI Hotel will be managed by acclaimed luxury hotel company Salamander Hotels & Resorts.
A high point of the building’s elaborate transformation is a beautiful “Grand Hall” lobby entrance, featuring a 21-foot-high vaulted ceiling, graceful arches, ornamental columns, wood wall paneling, brass grills and terrazzo flooring.
The historic renovation also includes the conversion of the adjacent and former Dryades Building into the city’s most unique meeting and event space. At 4,000 square feet, this industrially elegant space will even include a preserved 24-foot-high crane and track as part of its décor.
NOPSI is the acronym of New Orleans’ former utility company and transit operator. Thousands of manhole covers still bear the NOPSI name, adding a sense of nostalgia to many of The Crescent City’s streets. As befits the building’s history, the hotel will provide an energetic base from which to enjoy nearby cultural attractions, festivals, restaurants and nightlife.
Conveniently situated in the heart of the Central Business District within a short walk of The French Quarter, The Warehouse District and The Garden District, the NOPSI Hotel is located near Lafayette Square and close to major attractions like the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and the World War II Museum.
The renovation will retain the unique characteristics of the 128-foot-high building, which was designed by Favrot and Livaudais, a Louisiana-based architectural firm that also designed many buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The project’s development team has also worked closely with Louisiana’s State Historic Preservation Office to ensure the architectural integrity of the building is preserved.
“NOPSI’s guests will view their New Orleans experience through the prism of this hotel, which will also serve as a true community gathering place,” said Carl R. Kuehner III, CEO of Building and Land Technology (BLT), the building’s owner. “We were drawn to the beauty and history of this building, and this renovation ensures the spirit of this great city is fittingly captured.”
NOPSI Hotel, New Orleans becomes part of the Salamander portfolio, and specifically the company’s Signature Collection, joining the luxurious Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, VA, and Henderson Beach Resort, which opens in Destin this November along Florida’s Gulf Coast.
“NOPSI will offer a fun and energetic experience which complements Salamander’s unique brand of service excellence and authentic approach to hospitality,” said Salamander Founder and CEO Sheila C. Johnson, who is also one of America’s top entrepreneurs and the co-founder of Black Entertainment Television. “NOPSI will become known as one of the finest urban hotels in America, and we look forward to introducing our clients and customers to the unique spirit of New Orleans, while also exposing new guests to the Salamander service culture that will define the NOPSI experience.”
The hotel’s classically designed guestrooms will provide a variety of flexible room types, ranging in size from 350 to 800 square feet. Featuring neutral colors with gold accents, they will offer luxurious and refined furnishings, local artwork and the technology demanded by today’s discerning traveler. Guest bathrooms will incorporate a soothing spa-like tile design, offering the largest, most luxurious shower in the city.
The ninth floor will feature a Presidential Suite and four Spa Suites with spacious terraces that can be utilized for an extraordinary in-room spa experience, a Salamander area of specialty. With a fitness center, concierge services and 24-hour in-room dining, NOPSI is designed to attend to the need of the modern guest.
The hotel’s classic lobby bar will feature a new courtyard garden, as well as a selection of hand-crafted cocktails, craft beer and thoughtfully curated wines.
NOPSI’s lively restaurant and bar, which will be called “Public Service,” will be located off the lobby but also provide a separate entrance onto Baronne Street. An ever-changing menu will offer classic Gulf Coast seafood, a raw bar, creative food presentations, hand-tossed pizzas and an extensive array of craft, draft and bottled beer. Guests will enjoy a vibrant atmosphere and regular live entertainment, along with a variety of seating options designed to develop a congenial atmosphere. A chef’s counter featuring eight stools will overlook an open kitchen with wood-burning pizza oven and rotisserie. Seating up to 118 people, the restaurant will provide communal tables, leather banquettes and an upstairs private dining room.
On its rooftop NOPSI will feature an iconic pool and bar, providing a view of the city’s diverse skyline. By day, it will offer a peaceful oasis for hotel guests, serving chilled drinks and creative, healthy fare. But, after 5 p.m., the energy level increases and the bar will transform into one of New Orleans’ most exclusive establishments.
In addition to retaining the crane and tracks, which once transported transformers to storage vaults for repair, the hotel’s ballroom features huge arched windows and a soaring 30-foot ceiling. Epitomizing the building’s historic significance, this unique design will quickly make NOPSI the premier venue for New Orleans’ high-profile weddings, fundraisers and charitable balls. Six richly appointed boardrooms and breakout rooms, ranging in size from 475 to 1150 square feet, will also offer a popular destination for corporate meetings. Groups may also utilize the hotel’s outdoor patio and rooftop pool terrace.
Construction and renovation work at the NOPSI Hotel site is well underway. The project is estimated to create hundreds of permanent jobs within the city once the hotel opens, employ many more during construction, and contribute millions to the local economy and tax base.
“The redevelopment of the former NOPSI building into the new NOPSI Hotel is another sign that our city’s economy is growing and booming,” said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “This project will have a positive impact for New Orleans, creating new jobs and tax revenue and attracting further investment in our city. I applaud Building and Land Technology for its vision and investment in preserving this historic building and welcome a Salamander property and its owner Sheila Johnson to New Orleans.”
NOPSI Hotel has entered into membership of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts LVX Collection, which represents renowned properties that feature the finest accommodations coupled with attentive, engaging, and exclusive personal service.
“We’re proud to welcome another exceptional property to New Orleans’ growing list of hotel options, making the destination more attractive than ever before to all types of visitors,” said Stephen Perry, President and CEO of the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau. “It’s especially exciting to see a historic building used in such an exceptional fashion, and we’re thrilled to reintroduce the word ‘NOPSI’ to our city’s vocabulary.”
The hotel’s architect of record and general contractor is Woodward Design + Build from New Orleans, while the interior designer is Kent Interior Design from Atlanta.
For more information, visit www.NOPSIHotel.com.
About Salamander Hotels & Resorts
Salamander Hotels & Resorts is a privately owned and operated company based in Middleburg, VA, just outside Washington, D.C. Founded by entrepreneur Sheila C. Johnson in 2005, the company has a portfolio that features a collection of three renowned Florida golf resorts including Innisbrook Resort near Tampa, Reunion Resort in Orlando and Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast; the luxurious Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, a 340-acre equestrian-inspired property near Washington, D.C.; the development and management of Henderson Beach Resort, a 170-room beachfront resort in Destin, FL, opening in November 2016; and the development and management of NOPSI Hotel, New Orleans, a 217-room luxury and historic hotel opening in 2017. For additional information, call (540) 687-3710 or visit www.salamanderhotels.com.
About Building and Land Technology
(BLT) is a privately held real estate private equity, development and property management firm. Founded in 1982, BLT is vertically integrated and has invested, developed, owned and managed over five million square feet of commercial space and over 10,000 residential units. BLT is one of the largest office landlords in Connecticut, and its office holdings include the corporate headquarters for Gen Re, GE Commercial Finance, Diageo, GE Real Estate, Xerox, GE Energy, Design Within Reach, Kayak Software, AON/Hewitt, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, and Structured Portfolio Management. BLT is the developer of numerous residential, commercial, and mixed-use projects, including Harbor Point, a transformative mixed-use development in Stamford, CT (www.harborpt.com). One of the largest redevelopments on the Eastern seaboard, Harbor Point encompasses an entire neighborhood, with a full mile of waterfront, more than 4,000 residential units, and several million square feet of commercial development. BLT's holdings include more than 100 active real estate companies, a majority interest in William Pitt Sotheby's residential brokerage firm with 28 offices and 1,100 agents, a mortgage and insurance company, and numerous private equity investments. www.bltoffice.com.