richyb83

New Hotels

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While it's largely unknown if Baton Rouge can support the number of new hotels, the planned increase does follow national growth figures. National hotel chains, at least one casino and even a group of 5-star hotels have identified the BR Region as a "hotbed" of activity in recent years. Interest was already headed upwards before Katrina and the ensuing recovery, as well as other factors, have created a whole new marketplace.

OPENING by FALL of 2007

*Residence Inn by Marriot- Corporate Blvd/Towne Center (124 rooms)> under construction

*Hilton Garden Inn Perkins Rowe Boutique Mall (100 rooms) 5-floors> under construction

*Cambria Suites-Constitution Ave. I-10/near College Drive (127 rooms) >under construction

*Hampton Inn- Siegen Lane (120 rooms) >approved; not started

*Holiday Inn Express-Siegen Lane (130 rooms) >approved;not started

*Staybridge Suites-Nicholson Drive/Southgate Towers (117 rooms) 6-floors> approved;not started

Total=718-Rooms

Opening by Fall of 2008

*The Renaissance on Bluebonnet !!!(300 rooms) 13-floors > Existing frame+addition; approved, starting Summer 07'

*The King Hotel downtown-Convention St./Lafayette Street (100 rooms) 7-floors+rooftop terrace >under construction soon

*The W Hotel on Corporate Blvd. (250 rooms??) news to me, I thought it was "W aLoft"? approved at 136 rooms? not started

*Pinnacle Casino Hotel/Resort (750 rooms?) I thought it would be more like 450 rooms?? They say downtown which would be great!! But that has to be a misprint; Pinnacle is supposed to build south on Nicholson near Bluebonnet Ext. 6 miles south of LSU?

Total=1,400 rooms

2007/2008 = 2,118 rooms

http://www.businessreport.com/newsDetail.cfm?aid=10914

* I wanted to start this thread a couple weeks ago; but I've been too lazy and busy all that the same time. :whistling:

>Thanks Brian for the green-light on another Topic to start. No competition or topic stealing intended; I have just really noticed the hotels taking-off everywhere. We are a bit topic malnutritioned here in BR on UP. :rolleyes:

Maybe all these new hotel rooms will be necessary with the new Louisiana Movie Industry huh, Brian!

>Dan or anybody else please feel free to add any new hotel renderings or updated/info to this thread. Thanks. :thumbsup:

What are yalls thoughts on all these new hotel rooms coming??

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*Hilton Garden Inn Perkins Rowe Boutique Mall (100 rooms) 5-floors> under construction

*Hampton Inn- Siegen Lane (120 rooms) >approved; not started

*The Renaissance on Bluebonnet !!!(300 rooms) 13-floors > Existing frame+addition; approved, starting Summer 07'

*The W Hotel on Corporate Blvd. (250 rooms??) news to me, I thought it was "W aLoft"? approved at 136 rooms? not started

What are yalls thoughts on all these new hotel rooms coming??

I love hotels. I think they are one of the most exciting types of new development! :D

Where did you find ou about the Hilton being in the Perkins Rowe hotel? And yet another Hampton?that will make number three for the area.

Hey Richy, if the W really is 250 rooms, you'll get that higherhise hotel like you wanted. I'm not trying to doubt my city, but it is kind of hard to believe it's a fullfledged W, maybe just a maxxed out aLoft. Of course like Brian said, we should be happy with whatever we get. :)

Edit:I sent an email to W hotel asking them about the indescrepancy.

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We need another 150+ hotel downtown....The closer to third street the better. Doesn't matter how tall or fancy it is, just as long as it can put out a steady 100 guest per night. If they do it right they can put a bar on the lower floor and a convention area on the top.

New guest every night that can keep restarants, etc alive. Hotel guest are more likely to spend money on dining out, clubbing, and drinking than permanent residents.

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Yet another hotel for B.R. This will join two other Marriott brands being built in North Baton Rouge, I think a Fairfield and a Courtyard :dontknow: .

Developer Richard Preis closed this week on a land deal that clears the way for a 180-room Springhill Suites hotel at Howell Place in north Baton Rouge.

Hey Richy, how did you find out what hotel would be in Perkins Rowe?

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^^ The King Hotel is near 100-rooms with a roof-top terrace; Are you saying that won't be enough?? Or are you saying Downtown can use another 150-room Hotel along with the King Hotel?? I had been suprised the Casino Rouge does not have a adjoining Hotel?? That doesn't make sense they don't; it' has more visitors than Belle of BR.

You are right about Third Street; I don't know what it is about Third Street, but it's about to really change in the next couple of years.

*ADD another Hotel to the list:

Developer Richard Preis closed this week on a land deal that clears the way on a 180-room Springhill Suites Hotel at Howell Place in north BR on Harding Blvd. across from the airport.

http://www.2theadvocate.com/news/business/6380057.html

The 207-acre Howell Place continues to prove skeptics wrong; another medical bldg. will go on a 2 1/2acre tract of land. And talks of an apartment complex.

Yet another hotel for B.R. This will join two other Marriott brands being built in North Baton Rouge, I think a Fairfield and a Courtyard :dontknow: .

Hey Richy, how did you find out what hotel would be in Perkins Rowe?

BR Business Report website end of the hotel article you can click___on; there is a list

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^Thanks. :)

A few the article missed.

  • Hampton Inn , 4 undecided hotels, and a possible hotel for the Bass Pro Complex in Denham Springs
  • Possible hotel or two in Cabela's complex
  • 2 Marriott brand hotels in North B.R. not including the one previously mentioned
  • A hotel on Corporate beside Cane's
  • Also at one time a hotel was proposed for Millerville and O'Neal, I don't know the state of those proposals though

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Thanks for posting what the article missed Dan, you are on the ball with the hotel development :thumbsup:

Bass Pro should probably get a Hotel. Maybe the other two or three will go to Juban Crossing(exit)??

Don't remember... but I think it was a 5-story (100-120 room) Candlewood Suites for Corporate Square next to Cane's?? They might have a problem fitting enough parking on that tract of land??

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It's great to hear about the King Hotel being restored. Please keep us updated on developments! As for the W. I'd be much more likely to think that an ALoft hotel would be built in Baton Rouge. The Renaissance is a good fit for its location. 750 rooms in the Pinnacle project? Wow. That would really be great downtown. I look forward to hearing more about all of this.

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Also don't forget the hotel at the Mall of Louisiana expansion.

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Also don't forget the hotel at the Mall of Louisiana expansion.

Do you know what chain is planning on building at the Mall of LA?

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Yep Dan, forgot all about that one :thumbsup: The b & w site plan(which I can't seem to relocate) had the hotel on top of the parking deck along the Boulevard.

^^ No Bryde, have not heard anything on a hotel chain. What kind of hotel would go well adjoined to the Mall??

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Yep Dan, forgot all about that one :thumbsup: The b & w site plan(which I can't seem to relocate) had the hotel on top of the parking deck along the Boulevard.

^^ No Bryde, have not heard anything on a hotel chain. What kind of hotel would go well adjoined to the Mall??

Embassy Suites seems to like to be built attached to malls.

Drury Inn & Suites also likes to build within walking distance of malls.

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Thanks for the imput Brian, always good to see you here in the BR Forum :thumbsup: This will be something totally new to Baton Rouge. It will be interesting to see which chain goes to Mall of La. and exactly how many rooms too. The Residence Inn by Marriot is being built next to the new Towne Center and a Boutique hotel for Perkins Rowe. I guess this is a good idea connecting hotels with malls; much like convention centers.

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I don't exactly understand that one myself. I know about the boutique hotel, but the 2nd?? The 13-story 300-room Renaissance on Bluebonnet will be within walking distance of Perkins Rowe. They wouldn't be talking about that??

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Is adding another floor to this project a must?

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^ Good question Byrde. I hope this gets done. From that location it was probably necessary to keep the vertical structure because it's nearly a 1/2 mile from busy I-10. I was glad to hear these plans were not for another 5-story hotel.

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Has anyone heard anything about the W aLoft lately?

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^Good question Dan. No clue here, wonder what's going on?? :dontknow:

This has already been posted on other threads; but this goes onto this "Hotel" thread too :thumbsup:

The "4" Star Renaissance on Bluebonnet Blvd. will be 12-stories/348-rooms with BR's 2nd Largest ballroom; and an upscale Brennan's restaurant of New Orleans.

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Eye-Sore No More!!! :good:

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Hopefully the RiverCenter downtown gets something similar in size??

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Anyone know anything about the old bulding that housed EBRATS being turned into a hotel? Last night on WAFB-9, they ran a story about some legislation being authored by William Daniel to create a TIF to help turn the building owned by Bob Dean into a hotel. The TIF will also help get things moving at the Hotel King. I could not find a link to the story on the web, but I did find the bill info on the Senate's website.

http://www.legis.state.la.us/billdata/byin...mp;billid=HB849

Must have Adobe installed for the link below.

http://www.legis.state.la.us/billdata/stre....asp?did=439922

Any idea what hotel could occupy this location?

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The TIF will also help get things moving at the Hotel King.

I would really like to see the renovation get started for this hotel. Can anyone even speculate as to what the completion date might be?

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Thanks for posting this Bryde.

Good question Gauge! Hopefully soon! I guess they are getting all the details for Hotel King taken care of?? They are supposed to remain independent from a chain.

I heard the possibility the EBRATS building would become a hotel. That suprises me. It would be better served as an office building. Maybe even a governmental-type annex building next to the new Courthouse. It's an excellent location for sure. And if the RiverCenter plans on building their hotel, EBRATS becoming a hotel would not be needed IMO.

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Thanks for posting this Bryde.

Good question Gauge! Hopefully soon! I guess they are getting all the details for Hotel King taken care of?? They are supposed to remain independent from a chain.

I heard the possibility the EBRATS building would become a hotel. That suprises me. It would be better served as an office building. Maybe even a governmental-type annex building next to the new Courthouse. It's an excellent location for sure. And if the RiverCenter plans on building their hotel, EBRATS becoming a hotel would not be needed IMO.

How many rooms do you think that building could accomodate as a hotel? I've always felt that what is needed downtown is a moderately priced hotel so if that's what they are planning, then that location could do well. Something like a Hampton, Holiday Inn Express or a Fairfield Inn would fill a niche that's missing downtown. The Sheraton, Hilton and new King take care of the luxury crowd, but for people that have to do business downtown and don't need a full service hotel, they have to stay off College or in Port Allen.

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How many rooms do you think that building could accomodate as a hotel? I've always felt that what is needed downtown is a moderately priced hotel so if that's what they are planning, then that location could do well. Something like a Hampton, Holiday Inn Express or a Fairfield Inn would fill a niche that's missing downtown. The Sheraton, Hilton and new King take care of the luxury crowd, but for people that have to do business downtown and don't need a full service hotel, they have to stay off College or in Port Allen.

I agree with you byrde. I am actually getting married next summer and the reception will be at the Hilton. Custom says that if you are going to provide your guests with a luxury hotel to stay in (Hilton), you should also provide a more budget hotel. There is currently no budget hotel anywhere near downtown.

However, I also agree with richyb83. The EBRATS building does not seem like the best place for this proposed hotel. As richyb83 points out, I think that building would be better as an office or government building.

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