New Orleans is a city of legends, history, and rich culture, and the Kimpton Hotel Fontenot embodies all of these traits. Nestled in the heart of the Central Business District, this luxurious hotel is a perfect destination for travelers who want to experience the best of what this vibrant city has to offer.
Recently, the hotel has expanded into the historic building next door, adding over 12,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space, 33 new guestrooms and suites, and the city’s newest French brasserie, King. The new building, located on 521 Tchoupitoulas Street, blends sophisticated design with the unique historical personality of the original structure built in 1844 by architect James Gallier.
As you step into the lobby, you can’t help but be impressed by the elegant decor, which pays tribute to the city’s music and arts culture. The hotel’s three unique restaurant and bar concepts – King, Peacock Room, and Gospel Coffee and Boozy Treats – offer an unforgettable culinary experience for guests and locals alike.
King, the hotel’s newest restaurant, is a three-meal French brasserie rooted in the style of the beloved brasseries of the French Riviera region, while weaving in rich culinary traditions of New Orleans. With seating for 125, it offers an upscale casual atmosphere with options for dining and imbibing in the interior dining room, at the spacious bar or on the outside patio. Executive Chef Samuel Peery oversees the menu at King, as well as the hotel’s other restaurant and bar concepts, while Pastry Chef Lanna Talley creates the delicious dessert and pastry menu.
Ascend the custom-built handmade staircase to the hotel’s second floor to find several flexible meeting and event spaces perfect for weddings, corporate events, and everything in between. The 5,500-square-foot Canray Ballroom, named after the musician the hotel is inspired by, Canray Fontenot, is a particularly beautiful space. The ballroom, along with the more intimate 554-square-foot Evangeline Ballroom, offers a stunning setting for any event.
One of the building’s most unique features is a second-floor outdoor terrace overlooking Tchoupitoulas Street, perfect for a ceremony, group dining, or a reception accommodating up to 265 people. The third and fourth floors of the newly added building contain additional meeting space with the 1,000+-square-foot room Lala on the third floor, as well as 33 new guestrooms and suites that are both distinct in their historical construction and tied into Hotel Fontenot’s design theme.
The hotel’s expansion has added to its already established reputation for hosting unique events and pop-ups, which is particularly evident in the Peacock Room, the award-winning vibrant cocktail bar that regularly features music and arts activations. Gospel Coffee and Boozy Treats, the neighborhood cafe and frozen treats shop with a boozy twist, also adds to the hotel’s charm and appeal.
Kimpton Hotel Fontenot offers a prime location in the Central Business District, just steps away from the French Quarter and Arts District. With its fully completed hotel opened in March 2023, it now features 235 rooms and is a perfect destination for travelers looking for a luxurious and unique experience. Whether you’re in town for business or pleasure, this hotel offers an unforgettable glimpse into the rich history and culture of New Orleans.