The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, is celebrating its founding 120 years ago and its historic restoration five years ago, with all events lasting through the end of 2014, including a salute to its 2009 restoration on June 25.
Among historic locations where locals and visitors will pay tribute to the legendary hotel during its anniversary are the Blue Room, known for decades for its dining, dancing, entertainment and family memories; the Sazerac Bar, home of the world-famous Sazerac cocktail; and the Fountain Lounge, recently re-introduced to New Orleans as the place where the hip, sociable and fashionable meet to enjoy cocktails and small plates.
The Waldorf Astoria Spa also will take part in the Roosevelt’s coinciding 120th and fifth anniversary with special pricing of its signature services, while the Emporium Gift Shop will welcome local authors and writers who are fans of New Orleans by hosting the Roosevelt’s ever-popular book signings.
Whether it’s politicians or royalty, the Roosevelt has greeted them all, such as U.S. presidents Calvin Coolidge, Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton; Her Royal Highness Charlotte, the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg and U.S. Sen. Joseph McCarthy.
Celebrities such as Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe and others have dined, been wined or been hosted at the iconic hotel. Marlene Dietrich was among the cavalcade of performers appearing at the Blue Room – in her case, near the end of a lengthy career in 1975 and requesting oxygen between songs.
Of course, one of the hotel’s most frequent visitors and a strong admirer too – was La. Gov. Huey P. Long, the “Kingfish,” who had a suite of his own.
“The Roosevelt is fond of celebration, because it speaks to the heart of this remarkable city,” says Tod Chambers, general manager. “The timing of the 120 anniversary of the hotel’s opening and the fifth anniversary of its re-opening as a Waldorf Astoria property gives us a unique opportunity to tell the world how proud we are to be the crown jewel of New Orleans luxury.”
Many special events will celebrate the Roosevelt’s anniversary celebrations including:
“A Night in the Blue Room” on June 25 when a passed hors d’oeuvres and champagne reception will feature live entertainment commemorating the decades of dining and dancing in the Blue Room.
The Sazerac Bar will offer a specialty cocktail called “The Grunewald,” named for Louis Grunewald, founder of the hotel through Dec. 31st.
The Waldorf Astoria Spa will offer “How to Be a New Orleans Jewel” through December 31st with 30-minute Roosevelt Renew facials for $120 in the newly renovated, full-service spa, featuring CARITA skincare gift package. Rosé champagne and lavender macaroons will accompany this service.
The Roosevelt New Orleans was rated the number one hotel in New Orleans, according to Condé Nast Traveler’ Readers’ Choice Awards 2013 with a score of 87.2. This iconic hotel offers 504 rooms, including 125 suites, along with ballrooms and meeting space for every event from elaborate galas to private groups, weddings and more.
Built in 1893 and boasting its signature block-long golden lobby with dozens of sparkling chandeliers, The Roosevelt has created its own history with the renowned Blue Room, Sazerac Bar, Waldorf Astoria Spa, fitness center, Rooftop Bar, Teddy’s Café, Emporium Gift Shop and true Waldorf world-class service. The Roosevelt New Orleans, located steps from the history and excitement of the French Quarter, is the crown jewel of New Orleans luxury.
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