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MIAMI — Virgin Hotels has broken ground on its seventh property, the highly anticipated Virgin Hotels New Orleans coming in 2021.
At yesterday’s groundbreaking ceremony, Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson confirmed that the 200-room property will have all the signature offerings that Virgin is known for as well as a distinctive New Orleans flair.
“New Orleans is a truly special city and a melting pot of cultures and traditions,” he said. “We will certainly make sure to celebrate the local character of The Big Easy throughout our hotel. I’m very much looking forward to the rise of Virgin Hotels New Orleans in 2021.”
Located in the Warehouse District, situated near a growing number of new restaurants, galleries and shops, the hotel will boast multiple dining and drinking outlets, including the brand’s signature Commons Club and the recently announced Funny Library Coffee Shop, a rooftop pool and lounge, a gym as well as dedicated meetings and event spaces.
Virgin Hotels CEO Raul Leal said that the company has had its eyes on New Orleans for a while. “We were extremely diligent in ensuring we tapped the right partners to develop, design and curate the best hotel product for this extraordinary market. Today’s groundbreaking means we are one step closer to seeing our vision come to life!”
The groundbreaking comes on the heels of the opening of the brand’s second property, Virgin Hotels San Francisco earlier this year. The brand’s first hotel, Virgin Hotels Chicago, opened in 2015. In the pipeline are the soon-to-open Virgin Hotels Dallas, and Virgin Hotels Nashville, Virgin Hotels New York, Virgin Hotels Las Vegas and Virgin Hotels Edinburgh, all under construction.
For more information go to virginhotels.com.