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The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Celebrates 120th Anniversary and Fifth Year Since Its Historic Restoration

 

CONTACTS:

Bridget Cloud
For The Roosevelt, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel
+1 504 558 1780
bcloud@theehrhardtgroup.com

Lisa Cole
Hilton Worldwide
+1 305 866 3646
lisa.cole@hilton.com

 

The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Celebrates 120th Anniversary and Fifth Year Since Its Historic Restoration

Celebration Starts May 1 and Continues Through Year-End 2014 with Dining, Dancing, Cocktails, Music and Relaxation

NEW ORLEANS - May 1, 2014 - Starting May 1, The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, will celebrate 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," said 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."

Following is a complete list of the venues, events and outreach that will make up the Roosevelt's dual-anniversary celebrations through the rest of 2014:

  • BLUE ROOM: "A Night in the Blue Room" - June 25
    • A passed hors d'oeuvres and champagne reception with live entertainment commemorating the decades of dining and dancing in the Blue Room.
  • SAZERAC BAR: - May 1 - Dec. 31
    • Specialty cocktail "The Grunewald," named for Louis Grunewald, founder of the hotel.
  • FOUNTAIN LOUNGE: - May 1 - Dec. 31
    • Launch of happy hour: Tuesday - Sunday, from 4 - 6 p.m.

§  Happy hour includes selected $6 bar bites and $6 libations.

  • WALDORF ASTORIA SPA: "How to Be a New Orleans Jewel" - May 1 - Dec. 31
    • 30-minute Roosevelt Renew facials in the newly renovated, full-service spa priced at $120, featuring CARITA skincare gift package. Rosé champagne and lavender macaroons will accompany this service.
  • TEDDY'S CAFÉ: "Treat Yourself" - May 1 - Dec. 31
    • 120th anniversary and five years renewed Apple Charlotte, a legendary treat with house-made ladyfingers, caramelized apples and vanilla bean custard, $5 per item in honor of the hotel's renewal.
  • SOCIAL MEDIA:
    • "Share Your Memories" - May 1 - Dec. 31

§  Share memories and photos of The Roosevelt through Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter; the hotel will select one item per week to highlight and post on the Roosevelt's blog and social media pages.

o   "Join The Celebration" - May 1 - June 7

§  Enter to win two tickets through The Roosevelt's Facebook page to attend the June 25 "A Night in the Blue Room," including a one-night stay on the evening of the event.

  • SPECIAL ROOM RATES: "Stay for the Celebration" - Aug. 21 - 28
    • A special room rate of $120 will be available from August 21-28.

Recognized as the #1 Hotel in New Orleans, according to Condé Nast Traveler' Readers' Choice Awards 2013 with a score of 87.2, The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, is one of America's most luxurious and revered properties in one of the world's greatest cities. 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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About Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is a portfolio of 24 landmark destinations, each being a true reflection of their surroundings in the world's most sought after locations.  Unified by their inspirational environments and unparalleled guest service, Waldorf Astoria creates unique authentic moments through the delivery of True Waldorf Service.  Personal concierges deliver unparalleled, bespoke service from the moment a guest books through check out.  From signature culinary excellence, 12 world-class golf courses and 23 rejuvenating spas, Waldorf Astoria offers luxuriously appointed accommodations and unforgettable experiences.  Waldorf Astoria is part of Hilton Worldwide, a leading global hospitality company.  Experience Waldorf Astoria by booking at http://www.waldorfastoria.com/ or learn more about this expanding portfolio by visiting http://news.waldorfastoria.com/.

About Hilton Worldwide

Hilton Worldwide is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxury and full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and focused-service hotels.  For 94 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences.  The company's portfolio of ten world-class global brands is comprised of more than 4,000 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with nearly 672,000 rooms in 90 countries and territories, including Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations.  The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors®.