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New Property on the Block: The Saint Hotel in New Orleans-native

by Apryl Chapman Thomas



Mark Wyant knows his hotels.

Not only has he developed many Holiday Inn and Hampton Inns with his family, but also as pilot, traveled all over the world, staying in more hotels that he can count. However, that has come with some benefits. He has been able to collect ideas from each hotel to use when he got the opportunity to develop one with fewer restrictions that a hotel chain.

And in 2010, the opportunity presented itself on Canal Street in New Orleans. Wyant chalks it up to being in the right place at the right time.

“While on an unplanned stop in New Orleans,  I came across the Audubon Building on Canal Street. The building was for sale. I knew that was it – the place to build the hotel I had been dreaming of.”

After undergoing a transformation that included restoring the 100-year old building to its original, The Saint Hotel opened its doors to the public in late January 2012.

The eight-story building offers 166-rooms, measuring at 320 square feet, and 1,450 square feet of meeting space. There's also an in-house restaurant, Sweet Olive, created by Chef Michael Stoltzfus and the Burgundy Bar, paying homage to New Orleans' rich jazz history.

“I couldn’t be happier with how things have worked out. New Orleans has such a rich and vibrant hospitality scene, and I can’t imagine a better city for The Saint Hotel.”

Of course, there's a story behind the hotel's name that is also the theme carried throughout the hotel.

Wyant describes it as a combination of his ideas meshed with the elements that celebrate the rich history of both the Audubon Building and New Orleans.

“We wanted to have this hip and edgy atmosphere incorporated into the ethereal and heavenly experience which is The Saint. When you enter the hotel, it’s bright and airy. Then right around the corner is the speakeasy style Burgundy Bar with a 1920s flair – think prohibition era. This is definitely where some of the ‘naughty’ elements come in.”

Brian Englehart, general manager, adds The Saint Hotel is luxury redefined.

“This is going to be the place to be.”

And the experience all starts with design.

Upon entering the hotel from the Canal Street entrance, the living room area/lobby is an inviting and open area. Englehart points out how the architects were told “no square walls,” thus creating a large, warm space. The area features 22-foot ceilings with floor-to-ceiling billowing white drapes (a “nice” or “saintly” aspect), large gold bell-shaped chandeliers, comfortable furniture and other specific touches.

Located off the living area is the restaurant, Sweet Olive. Situated in an all-white room, it provides diners with an intimate setting. The menu features updated Southern and New Orleans cooking, with emphasis on seasonally available local produce and products.

Also located off the living area on the other side is the Burgundy Bar. Featuring draped burgundy velvet walls and accented with custom red Venetian chandeliers (both representing “naughty” aspects), it pays homage to early years of jazz in New Orleans. Can't miss the large portrait of Louis Armstrong, so place that he's looking down Canal Street.

“We're so close to where it (jazz) all started.”

The white and indigo blue guestrooms are complete with deep blue ceilings. Some of the amenities include 46-inch flat screen television, a workspace, Niven Morgan signature bath products and robes, and complimentary WiFi.

The hotel also has an exercise room on the third floor, and provides valet parking. Phase of the Saint Hotel is scheduled to be completed in Spring 2012 will include the opening of the Halo Rooftop Bar and Lounge.

“New Orleans is in full swing,” says Englehart, also a native New Orleanian and 23 year veteran in the hospitality industry. “It's a perfect to be opening. There are so many events coming to the city. The hospitality industry in the city has found its stride and is thriving.”

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