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From Convent to Hotel

Bourbon Orleans Hotel

In 1964, the Sisters of the Holy Family sold the property to the Bourbon Kings Hotel Corporation.  The new ownership, led by Baton Rouge based contractor, William P. Abraham, had to get approval from the city and the Vieux Carre Commission to develop a $7 million hotel and restore the former Orleans Ballroom building and to construct a new building on the site of the former asylum for orphan girls at the corner of Bourbon and Orleans Streets.  The conversion from the Sisters of the Holy Family Convent to a hotel had its challenges. The proposal garnered much attention from preservationists and the city since the convent building was one of the most historically valuable buildings of the French Quarter. The plans called to use the former Ballroom as the location of the hotel’s dining room and a new construction to house the guest rooms  that would conform the the architectural standard of the French Quarter.

The approval of the hotel development was contingent on the restoration of the historic Orleans Ballroom.  On July 18, 1966, the hotel held its grand opening with an opening ceremony attended by then Mayor Victor H. Schiro partaking in the inn-keeping tradition of tossing a brass key to as a symbol of of hospitality and blessed by Rev. Nicholas J. Tanaskovic, pastor of the St. Louis Cathedral.  The former Orleans Ballroom building was converted to the lobby, bar and dining salon of the hotel.

Today, the Bourbon Orleans Hotel offers a rich legacy that appeals to guests looking to stay in a historic hotel without having to compromise on modern amenities or service. The hotel has been voted as a top Hotel in Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards.

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