Hyatt French Quarter Hotel

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Hyatt French Quarter Hotel
Chateaubourbon.jpg
The hotel in 2009 (prior to being renamed
the Hyatt French Quarter Hotel)
Hotel chain Hyatt
General information
Location United States
Address 800 Iberville St., New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Opening 1995
Management HRI Lodging, Inc.
Technical details
Floor count 4
Other information
Number of rooms 254
Number of restaurants 3
Website
http://www.frenchquarter.hyatt.com/

Hyatt French Quarter Hotel is a hotel on Canal Street in New Orleans, Louisiana. A French Quarter landmark, the building was constructed in 1849 and served as a highly successful department store for more than a century. The structure was redeveloped as a boutique hotel, opening in 1995. It features suites named for writers Tennessee Williams and John Kennedy Toole, as well as the jazz musician Louis Armstrong, all of whose work is associated with the city and the Quarter.

Building history[edit]

On October 15, 1849, Daniel Henry Holmes established the D.H. Holmes department store on Canal Street. A pioneering venture in retail at the time, and styled after stores in Paris, it became known as one of the most successful retail businesses in the country, and a French Quarter landmark.[1] In 1989, the Dillard's Department Store chain bought D.H. Holmes.[2]

Redevelopment as hotel[edit]

The City of New Orleans and Historic Restoration Inc. collaborated to redevelop the building as a luxury hotel, given demand in the French Quarter.[3] The hotel opened in 1995 as the Chateau Sonesta. It was renamed Chateau Bourbon in 2008 when it joined the Wyndham chain. [4]

It was renamed Hyatt French Quarter in early May 2012. The Hyatt French Quarter contains a suite named for John Kennedy Toole, an award-winning late 20th-century author, as well as ones honoring Louis Armstrong and Tennessee Williams, all men associated with the Quarter.[5]

D.H. Holmes clock[edit]

The D.H. Holmes department store was known for its clock on the Canal Street facade, which became a popular meeting place. The clock disappeared about the time the D.H. Holmes store closed, but it was anonymously returned to the hotel in 1995.[6]

Under the clock is a life-size sculpture [7] titled Ignatius Reilly. This is a fictional character featured in John Kennedy Toole's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, A Confederacy of Dunces. In the novel's opening scene, Reilly meets his mother at the clock. The sculpture was financed as public art jointly by Chateau Sonesta (the name of the hotel at the time) and the Downtown Development District.[8]

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