New Orleans' Windsor Hotel Sold, New Owner Plans Upgrades

Windsor Court Partners, a partnership led by local developer The Berger Company, a private investor and Dallas-based real estate investment firm Crow Holdings, has purchased the Windsor Court Hotel, one of New Orleans' most luxurious hotels, for an undisclosed amount.

The 324-room hotel, which was built in 1984 by the Coleman family of New Orleans, was purchased from Orient-Express, which purchased it in 1991 for $55 million.

"The Windsor Court Hotel is one of North America's finest properties, but today New Orleans is dominated by corporate and conference business," Orient-Express CEO Paul White said last week, according to the Associated Press. "The foundation of Orient-Express Hotels' business model is delivering the highest level of our product to our core customers, who today are leisure guests."

Windsor Court's new owners said they plan to preserve the hotel's atmosphere while also updating it. Planned to unfold over the course of the next two years, the updates will include upgrades to its guest rooms and baths, as well as to its over 11,000 square feet of meeting space.

"We definitely want to keep the theme of traditional elegance," said Darryl Berger Jr., principal of The Berger Company. "It's in wonderful condition, it just needs a little updating."