Chateau Bourbon- A Wyndham Historic Hotel, New Orleans

The Chateau Bourbon Wyndham Hotel was built in 1849 by the D.H. Holmes Department Store as a department store. It was converted into a hotel in 1995. The building has been used for 140 years. The pre- civil war era hotel required several changes to the exterior and interior to make it a modern hotel. There was a famous "Clock'' which was known as a meeting place for residents. It went missing in 1989, but the clock was returned to the hotel in 1995. The clock now sits in its original place overlooking Canal Street. Under the clock is a life size sculpture. The sculpture is that of Ignatius Reilly.

It has survived hurricanes and the times to be renovated so that a guest's stay is always comfortable. The hotel has many of the rooms overlooking the pool and courtyards below. There are two courtyards at the hotel. Some of the rooms will also overlook Bourbon Street in the French Quarter. The main floor boasts of twelve foot ceilings, with a neoclassical style and modern hotel conveniences.

The outside of the hotel is lined with windows, some of them arched. Between each floor is a design classical to the 1800's. It is a massive building housing 251guests rooms. The suites at the Wyndham location also have 12 foot ceilings. Rooms at the Chateau Bourbon can have balconies at the guest's requests. Not all floors will have a balcony. Each room does have a 32'' flat screen. The rooms also have wireless internet, and Gilchrist and Soames bath products. There are suites, king sized beds, queen sized beds, and double beds for the variety of rooms available. The Chateau Bourbon has three rooms for physically disabled individuals. Also among the room amenities are air conditioning, bathrobe, coffee, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, safes, and high speed internet. Kids and pets are able to stay at the hotel for free. The pets allowed are service animals only.

Outside of the hotel rooms there are amenities such as cardiovascular equipment, free weights, a health club, spa, and outdoor pool. Business services such as faxing, copying, and meeting rooms are available. The hotel provides a breakfast buffet, continental breakfast, and full breakfast depending on the guest's choice.

There are three dining options at the Chateau Bourbon. The Tempo is a breakfast bar open from 6:30am to 11am. The Clock Bar is a local spot for residents and guests. It provides drinks, appetizers, and television of the sporting events. The restaurant opens at 11am. The Ralph Brennan Red Fish Grill is a full service dining room. The grill is set up for fish and seafood cuisine in a New Orleans style. Pecan encrusted catfish or seafood gumbo are two specialties of the house. There are other dining options open to guests near the hotel.

Besides restaurants near the hotel there are other attractions for guests. The Audubon Aquarium, French Quarter shops, and Jackson Square can all be found within walking distance of the Chateau Bourbon.

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