HRI, Rockbridge Partner to Acquire New Orleans Property

NEW ORLEANS—HRI Properties, LLC (HRI) and investment firm Rockbridge have acquired, through a joint venture, the Country Inn & Suites New Orleans French Quarter.

Rockbridge will lead the joint venture, which is the first between the firms. HRI Lodging, LLC (HRIL), a subsidiary of HRI, will manage the 155-room hotel, which will undergo major renovations and repositioning beginning second quarter of 2017, and will be completed by late 2017.

“We have an opportunity to create a unique and special property in a first-rate location,” said Rockbridge CEO Jim Merkel. “The building’s rich history and distinctive architecture will enable us to develop one of the best hotels in New Orleans.”

Nearby attractions in downtown New Orleans include dining, theaters, museums, sports and entertainment venues. Highlights include Bourbon St., the Mercedes Benz Superdome, Smoothie King Arena, National WWII Museum, Shops at Canal Place and Audubon Aquarium of Americas.

“New Orleans has been a vital part of HRI’s growth story for years and we look forward to expanding our presence in one of the top-tier markets in the country,” said Gary Gutierrez, HRIL President and HRI COO. “The hotel’s historic structure and prime location give us the opportunity to create a unique, quintessential New Orleans hotel for future travelers to experience.”