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February 20, 2018

Supplier News: Hard Rock Into New Orleans + A Restored Maryland Resort

A number of big hotel updates lead this week's supplier news in the meetings and events industry.

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Hard Rock to Open New Orleans Hotel Near Convention Center

Hard Rock International is set to open a new hotel and residences blocks from the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, which is the sixth largest in the United States

The new Hard Rock Hotel New Orleans and the Residences at the Hard Rock Hotel New Orleans are set to open in spring 2019 in the city’s French Quarter and Theater District in a new 18-story building, built in collaboration with local developer Kailas Companies. The 350-room hotel will have approximately 12,000 square feet of event space, including four meeting spaces and two ballrooms. There will also be 62 one-, two- and three-bedroom units available for purchase beginning in spring 2018. Plans call for almost every room to have a balcony or terrace overlooking the city, including Canal-facing parade route suites. The property will be decorated with pieces from Hard Rock’s music memorabilia collection paying homage to the city’s musical heritage, and it will also have four meeting spaces and two ballrooms, for a total of approximately 12,000 square feet of event space.

In terms of dining, the hotel will have an all-day restaurant, a grab-and-go eatery and a pool bar and grill. It will also have an upscale restaurant specializing in Louisiana seafood and low-key music. There will also be a lobby bar, as well as an on-site location of Pitard’s Adult Snowballs, offering spiked snow balls. Plans also call for a rooftop sky bar and lounge.

The hotel will also offer a number of the Hard Rock brand’s music-based experiences, including access to the Rock Shop, Sound Body wellness experiences, a Body Rock workout facility and Rock Om, a music-themed yoga experience. The property will also offer the brand’s signature Sound of Your Stay in-room interactive music amenity program, as well as VIP services in the eighth floor Rock Royalty Level and Lounge.

The new hotel project marks the latest expansion for the Hard Rock brand. In the United States, the company recently purchased the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, with plans to turn it into a Hard Rock resort. Farther afield, the company also plans to open a hotel in the Maldives, with an eye to expanding the destination’s appeal beyond the luxury sector.

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Historic Chesapeake Hotel to Reopen This April

Harrison’s Chesapeake House, an iconic hotel on Maryland’s Tilghman Island that fell into disrepair during the 2008 financial downturn, is set to reopen this April as the completely renovated Wylder Hotel Tilghman Island.

The property, which has hosted politicians, governors and sports figures from the nation’s capital over the course of its history, has been reimagined as a Chesapeake Bay lifestyle resort with 3,000 square feet of meeting and event space, 54 newly designed guest rooms in a “relaxed seaside cottage vibe,” a new salt water swimming pool, three food and beverage concepts, and 25 boat slips. Two of the restaurants are helmed by Chef Sean Wheaton, a seven-year alum of Jose Andres’ Think Food Group. The resort is set on nine waterfront acres along the Chesapeake Bay.

Wylder Hotels said the resort will continue to host Harrison’s Charter Fishing expeditions with the same fleet of captains, which have been popular with the resort’s VIP guests. Guest rooms have dark navy wainscoting and warm sisal carpet, as well as a palette of golden wood headboards, brass fixtures and woven rattan lounge chairs.

The grounds have been redesigned to serve as a year-round backdrop for vacations, weddings and corporate events. Guests and event attendees will also have access to explore the area on stand-up paddleboards and kayaks, or play bocce and other lawn games on the grounds.

Wylder Hotel Tilghman Island is open for bookings for stays as early as April 15. Visit Wylderhoteltilghmanisland.com or call 410-886-2121 for more details. 

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