Courtyard Marriott opening is sign of hotel boom in downtown Baton Rouge
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - City officials welcomed a new hotel with a grand opening Monday, announcing it as a sign of continued revitalization for downtown Baton Rouge.
Leaders, including Mayor Sharon Weston Broome and Downtown Development District Executive Director Davis Rhorer, cut the ruby ribbon to the $25 million Courtyard Marriott hotel, located at 260 3rd St., which is the seventh downtown hotel.
“There are a few other little things we’re going to do improvement-wise on 3rd Street, some crosswalk designs and stuff. I want to get the River Center going and with these hotels, we will always look at growing and expanding. That’s what’s so important for downtown and the city, how we take it to the next step and the next level,” said Rhorer.
The 135-room hotel includes many features, such as a full-service restaurant and bar, luxury lounge, and 960 square feet of meeting space. A Starbucks Coffee location is currently open on the building’s ground floor, which will be open everyday.
Located in the heart of the business district, the hotel is owned by Windsor Aughtry, which is based in Greenville, South Carolina.
The hotel’s concept started three years ago, and it took a year and a half to construct hotel facilities. The site was formerly the Hotel Istrouma, which closed nearly 50 years and was considered, at the time, the center of Louisiana business. According to a DIG article, the hotel boom shifted to Airline Highway in the 40s and 50s, but over the past decade, the swing is coming back to downtown.
Baton Rouge has two other Court Marriott locations, one on Siegan Lane and another on S Acadian Thruway.
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