It was just revealed Saints star quarterback Drew Brees purchased a condo at New Orleans' new Four Seasons New Orleans Hotel & Private Residences set to open in 2021. What makes it so unique, though? Well, it's the first five-star hotel and branded residential property in the history of the city, and Departures got a first look inside.
The biggest private development since the city was founded, the Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences New Orleans, is the transformation of one of New Orleans' most recognizable and iconic towers into a premier hotel and residential address. Located steps from the French Quarter and rising 33 stories, the former World Trade Center tower is now being transformed after sitting mostly vacant since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Designed by Edward Durell Stone—known for designing Radio City Music Hall and the Museum of Modern Art—and initially completed in 1968 to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the city of New Orleans, this compass-shaped building is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The interiors are equally impressive. The hotel lobby features floor-to-ceiling glass walls and a soothing natural color scheme thanks to the wood and stone detailing. There's also a stunning oversized lighting sculpture that hangs above the lobby bar. The one-two-and three-bedroom residences boast solid wood entry doors, large windows that let in lots of light, ceiling heights of up to 10 feet in the living room and bedrooms, wide plank American walnut wood floors, and custom-designed kitchens and cabinetry. The bathrooms are characterized by clean lines from a combo of natural stone, wood, glass, and ceramics.
Both guests and residents have access to a variety of luxe amenities as well. There will be a 75-foot swimming pool and hot tub overlooking the city, a fitness center featuring state-of-the-art cardio and strength training equipment and yoga studio, and the renowned Four Seasons Spa, including treatment and massage rooms. Residents also have access to the Spanish-influenced private 29th-floor lounge, a children's playroom, a private dining room with a chef's kitchen, a historic hall with a communal dining room, and a golf simulator room.
One other thing the Four Seasons brand is known for is its top-notch food. This property will feature a signature restaurant by chef Alon Shaya overlooking 7,500 square feet of lushly landscaped private gardens. This marks his first hotel restaurant and bar and will serve up classic Louisiana cuisine with a modern twist.
"We are excited to be part of the historic transformation of the iconic World Trade Center into the finest Hotel and Residences ever built in New Orleans," David Seerman, Director of Sales for the Four Seasons Private Residences New Orleans, told Departures. "The Private Residences are unlike any other residential offering with the most prime location, expansive views, and highest elevation you can live in the city. Luxurious and expertly crafted by a world-class development team, the Private Residences and Hotel will be brought to life by the legendary services and amenities of the Four Seasons."