The National WWII Museum today announced the opening of its landmark hotel property The Higgins Resort New Orleans, Curio Collection by Hilton. Situated in the blossoming Arts and Warehouse District in New Orleans, the resort features 230 bedrooms, four dining outlets-incorporating the city’s hottest rooftop bar-and 18,000 square feet of assembly and event space, ready with a sophisticated Art Deco design.
The property is the first in the state of Louisiana to be the exclusive Curio Collection by Hilton, and all proceeds made by the hotel will support the ongoing educational objective of the Museum.
“We are thrilled to open the doors of The Higgins Hotel,” said Stephen J. Watson, President & CEO of The National WWII Museum. “With its amazing restaurants and one-of-a-kind historical experiences for guests, we truly believe the Hotel will become a notable destination within the Arts and Warehouse District.”
As an expansion of the Museum, the property sits on the campus of the city’s top attraction and tells the report of World War II through the initial lens of design, decoration, era-inspired menus and entertainment. Architectural organization Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates gave the Resort its 1940s-themed facts, drawing inspiration not merely from the period but also Skill Deco buildings within New Orleans.
Kay Lang + Associates led the inside design of the resort while working together with Museum curators to hand-select artifacts from the institution’s comprehensive collection to incorporate into the property’s aesthetic. Among these artifacts is Standard George S. Patton’s piano; the Higgins Boat Trophy, that was presented to Standard Arthur Trudeau for his provider in the Amphibian Order; and a 1943 portrait of Andrew Jackson Higgins, for whom the Resort is named.
“Today marks an exciting moment, as Curio Collection opens in one of America’s most famed cities, recognized for its unique cuisine, lively music scene and diverse communities,” said Jenna Hackett, Global Head, Curio Collection by Hilton. “The Higgins Hotel provides guests with outstanding amenities that Curio Collection properties are known for with its thoughtful design, decadent food and beverage offerings, and powerful mission, providing guests easy access to a fantastic, historic museum attached to the Hotel.”
Breathtaking Entry and Refined Accommodations
Upon entry, friends are transported back in its history with images depicting existence in New Orleans through the war, and custom made acrylic prints of the Medal of Honor, the best award directed at U.S. servicemembers. Friends’ eyes are then attracted to the grand chandelier and the lobby’s centerpiece-a mural by celebrated Skill Deco Artist Michael Kungl depicting wartime factory personnel set on the background of the brand new Orleans skyline.
Just away the lobby lies an extraordinary bronze staircase complemented simply by handmade cup recreations of 40 of the very most commonly awarded medals and ribbons of Environment War II. Through the entire hotel, guests like a truly immersive knowledge by discovering more nods to the period, incorporating preserved letters from the battle and rare, colorized photographs displaying varied servicemembers adding to the wartime effort.
The hotel’s 230 rooms and suites can be found from the 3rd to eighth floors and show era-inspired artwork that showcases various moments from both American Residence Front and the war overseas. For a far more elevated experience, friends can opt for, among three Presidential Suites, each called and themed after WWII-period presidents Truman, Eisenhower, and Roosevelt.