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Hotel Peter & Paul

Peter & Paul
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Hotel Peter & Paul

Hotel Peter & Paul is a historic 19th century site that consists of four buildings; a church, rectory, schoolhouse and convent, which have been transformed into an elegant hotel that includes 71 guest rooms.

Opened in November 2018, the property also features a rotating retail space, a unique meeting and events area located within the restored church, and food and beverage offerings in the old rectory from the team behind James Beard award nominated wine bar and restaurant, Bacchanal.

Hotel Peter & Paul is a joint partnership between ASH NYC and prominent New Orleans resident Nathalie Jordi that has an emphasis on culture, architecture and history, welcoming visitors and locals alike. Hotel Peter & Paul is the third in an expanding collection of hotels by design development firm, ASH NYC, following The Siren Hotel in Detroit, MI and The Dean Hotel in Providence, RI.

In 2019, the hotel received recognition when it was nominated for an AHEAD Award in the ‘Conversion’ category.

The bedrooms include custom canopy beds, lanterns and rattan daybeds, and custom furniture by ASH NYC. As well as the 71 rooms, the facilities also include The Elysian Bar, an all-day café and bar with small bites, a mural and lounge area at the schoolhouse’s former stage, retail space located in the convent.

The Elysian Bar is an oasis at the hotel, with food and beverage programming at provided by the New Orleans based-Bacchanal Group and is influenced by the city’s Marigny neighbourhood, which fuses its New World location with Old World roots.

The Elysian Bar offers niche wines, specialty cocktails, and menu designed by Chef Alex Harrell with a selection of evolved small plates and local ingredients. It’s based in the old side chapel and serves refined coffee and freshly squeezed juices throughout the day. The property also offers an outside courtyard ringed by church bell towers that can be used for dining, rest and relaxation. Guests and locals alike are able to enjoy these culinary offerings in the heart of the hotel.

The colour palettes common among iconic religious paintings and tapestries dating back to the 14th-18th centuries in Europe and Africa inspired the hotel’s thoughtful re-design. ASH NYC incorporated many of the building’s original features into this reimagined aesthetic such as the cypress wood mouldings, stained glass windows, wainscoted corridors, marble fireplaces, and the original rectory flag pole, which now hosts the Hotel Peter & Paul flag.

Signature design pieces can be found throughout each building, including antique chandeliers, custom rugs by ASH handmade in India, and a striking mural depicting a 19th century sitting room located on a stage in the former school house. Furnishings also include pieces designed and constructed locally by the region’s finest artisans, as well as antiquities collected from the great art fairs in Europe and several of New Orleans’ finest estates.

ASH NYC said: “The restoration process took close to six years to complete and the scale was ambitious considering all four buildings were built at different times for different uses. There were so many challenges at different phases; convincing the neighbourhood and city to support our zoning change, designing the project to a very tight budget, figuring out a way to maximize the number of guest rooms by adding a new floor in the attic, finding a food and beverage partner who understood the vision and would take the risk to do something a bit outside the box and of course bringing together qualified and diverse staff to operate the property every day.”

Despite this though, Hotel Peter & Paul is a 21st century hotel that pays tribute to the history of the city of New Orleans and to aesthetic influences throughout Europe, including Sweden, Italy and France.

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