Acquisitions & Hotel Openings

Former ODECO Building on Canal Street to Open as New Orleans' First Blended Branded Hotel Springhill and TownePlace Suites with Rooftop Bar

NEW ORLEANS, LA. October 5, 2017 - Further enhancing the continued redevelopment of Canal Street stretching from downtown to Mid-City, Newcrestimage announced its plans to renovate the former ODECO Building, named for its original tenant, the Ocean Drilling & Exploration Company, into the first-ever blended brand SpringHill and TownePlace Suites with a rooftop bar and patio (Vue).

The hotel has a rich history with ties to oil and gas industry icons, the Laborde Family. Doc Laborde helped establish the modern-day energy industry by creating one of the first submersible rigs and setting up two offshore companies that used the innovative technology. His company, Ocean Drilling & Exploration Co. (ODECO), was originally housed in the soon-to-be hotel located at 1600 Canal St.

At the time of the ODECO Building’s construction in the 1960s, there was a significant demand for office space to accommodate the City’s expanding oil and gas industry. Until 1993, ODECO leased the upper floors of the building, which was designed in the 1960s by New Orleans architect Paul Mouton, as office space. As a result, this blended brand hotel will feature a variety of unique room designs and layouts.

While there are two separate brands (SpringHill Suites and TownePlace Suites) in this high-rise building, unlike any other location, they will be separated by floor, not by building, with one shared lobby and complimentary breakfast area. Additionally, this property will be the only Marriott affiliated hotel in New Orleans that will feature a rooftop bar with stunning views from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to the Mississippi River.

This one-of-a-kind hotel is scheduled to open its doors by December 1, 2017, and will be selling rooms online after February 20, 2018. Additionally, a grand opening celebration is tentatively scheduled for early January.

For more information, visit the hotel’s website at http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/msysi-springhill-suites-new-orleans-downtown-canal-street/ or Vue’s website at http://www.vuenola.com/.

To view renderings of the hotel and rooftop bar, click here https://www.dropbox.com/sh/t0jt2oum65bte89/AAAP9xpoGKXoDfpSo-tlNnica?dl=0

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