The National WWII Museum announced the upcoming opening of the first hotel on its campus. The Higgins Hotel & Conference, anticipating a November grand opening, will be the Curio Collection by Hilton’s first property in the state of Louisiana. With 230 guest rooms and 18,000 square feet of event space, this property will render honorable history while providing today’s modern functionality.
The hotel is named after Andrew Higgins, the found and owner of New Orleans-based Higgins Industries, who oversaw production of more than 20,000 “Higgins Boats” at sea during every major amphibious battle of World War II.
“As New Orleans’ number one attraction, The National WWII Museum welcomed more than 780,000 visitors in 2018—our 13th year of visitation growth—and has had 7.5 million visitors since opening in 2000,” said Stephen J. Watson, president & CEO of the Museum. “When we looked at our last undeveloped piece of land, we wanted to ensure that we created a property that would economically support the Museum’s educational mission, while also enhancing our visitor experience. When you pair that with our increasing visitation, a hotel and conference center is a natural choice.”
Art Deco style of architecture designed by Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates will fill out the eight-story, four-star hotel. Handling interior design is Kay Lang + Associates with plans to employ exclusive artifacts from the Museum’s collection throughout the new property.
Colorized WWII-era artwork, upholstered bed frames and embroidered sheets will tailor each guestroom including the three luxury suites named in honor of presidents Roosevelt, Truman and Eisenhower. The showstopping main lobby will flaunt tall ceilings, glass windows, a spiral staircase and a grand 1940’s style chandelier. Guest’s eyes will fixate on the lobby’s expansive Art Deco mural. Painted by Michaeld Kudnl, the piece celebrates Higgin’s Industries’ workers and Louisiana’s pride for the war victory.
Meetings and events will thrive at the hotel’s second-floor conference center featuring 14 luxury event spaces. Programs presented by The National WWII Museum include free happy hour lectures and fee-based leadership conferences. Located across the street from the museum’s entrance and just a short walk to the French Quarter and the Garden District, attendees will have endless access to exhibits, entertainment, art studios, restaurants and more.
Four casual and fine-dining options will be available for private functions including Café Normandie, Kilroy’s Bar & Lounge, Provisions marketplace and Rosie’s on the Roof. In honor of Rosie the Riveter and the legacy of women in WWII, Rosie’s on the Roof will offer stunning views of the city with industrial artifacts such as a suspended airplane propeller.
The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center is currently accepting reservations for dates starting in December 2019.