Omni Royal Orleans
The Omni Royal Orleans is a 345-room hotel on the corner of St. Louis and Royal Streets near Jackson Square in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. It was constructed in 1960 as the Royal Orleans, on the site of the old St. Louis Hotel, which was ruined by the 1915 New Orleans hurricane. The exterior was designed by architect Samuel Wilson Jr., while the interior was designed by Arthur Davis.
The Grand Salon ballroom of the Omni Royal Orleans has been a popular location for social events among New Orleans families for decades. The hotel's restaurant, the Rib Room, is frequented by many of the city's politicians and attorneys, particularly at lunch on Fridays. It is often called the "Royal O" or just "the Royal" by New Orleanians.
Jazz pianist and composer Armand Hug had a steady gig at the Royal Orleans for decades. The job was later filled by the noted New Orleans composer and professor of music Roger Dickerson, and subsequently by another local pianist, Bob Ellis.
In popular culture
- In Live and Let Die (1973), James Bond stays at the Royal Orleans.
- The Led Zeppelin song "Royal Orleans" is purportedly based on an incident involving the band members at the hotel during the 1970s.
- In 1965, the Royal Orleans was mentioned in Arthur Hailey's novel Hotel as being arguably the best hotel in North America.
- "Local investors buy Royal Orleans," 23 April 2008 The Times-Picayune at NOLA.com. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
- "Omni Royal Orleans, New Orleans, a Historic Hotels of America member". Historic Hotels of America. Retrieved January 22, 2014.
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