May Baily's Place meeting space at the Dauphine Orleans Hotel.
A New Orleans hotel group has combined its 19 properties under the J Collection, a brand that debuted Tuesday. The hotels and resorts previously operated under two separate groups -- the New Orleans Hotel Collection and the French Quarter Hotel Collection. The properties represent more than 1,800 rooms and a variety of unique meeting spaces throughout the Big Easy and surrounding region.
The portfolio currently is comprised of the 252-room Bourbon Orleans Hotel; 207-room Jung Hotel & Residences; 102-room Hotel Mazarin; 22-room Hotel Le Marais; 111-room Dauphine Orleans; 90-room Le Richelieu; 14-room Melrose Mansion; 7-suite Audubon Cottages; 93-room Whitney Hotel; 200-room Maison Dupuy Hotel; 26-room Historic Streetcar Inn; 50-room Chateau Hotel; 42-room Hotel Royal; 34-room French Quarter Suites; 50-room New Orleans Courtyard Hotel; 292-room Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport; 42-room Nottoway Plantation & Resort; and the 22-room Dunleith Plantation. A 200-room Sheraton Resort and Conference Center in Flowood, Miss., will open this year. That property will offer 20,000 square feet of meeting space and will join three other hotels in the portfolio -- the Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport, Nottoway Plantation & Resort, and the Jung Hotel -- which each feature at least 10,000 square feet of event space.
"The J Collection represents the best of the South, with an incredibly diverse array of hotels and resorts, each with its own unique story to tell," said Joe Jaeger, principal of the brand, who created the J Collection in 2015 as part of the MCC Group, a multi-unit real estate development organization. "As we continue to expand our presence throughout New Orleans and beyond, including the two most recent acquisitions of Le Richelieu and Dunleith, we look forward to continuing our commitment to preserving and protecting historically significant properties throughout the region."
The hotels in the brand's portfolio were chosen to reflect the rich histories of their cities, while preserving an authentic connection to cultural elements.