Bienville House is a 4-story, 83-room oasis situated in a high-profile entrance to the French Quarter. The hotel spans two 18th century structures that have lived many lives. The property was previously occupied by Planters Rice Mills, Thompson’s Rice Mill and Southern Syrup and later the North American Hotel. It was converted into luxury apartments before returning to a hotel in the 1970s.
Palmisano completed interior improvements to 81 guestrooms and bathrooms. Six individual guest rooms were converted into three guest suites. Four new guestroom air handling units were also installed. Guest bathroom upgrades included new plumbing fixtures, light fixtures, finishes, exhaust fans and accessories. Guest bedroom upgrades included new door hardware and paint. Suites now have fully equipped wet bars. On the first floor of the hotel, Palmisano renovated the conference space, repainted the lobby, breakfast area, and hotel staff office.
The project was completed in four months.
To ensure the bathroom upgrades were properly completed, the team divided the project into three vertical towers to accommodate the new plumbing system. The work was phased one tower at a time. As the towers were completed, ownership followed behind to install FF&E. This phased process created operational and scheduling efficiencies that allowed the project to be completed ahead of schedule and the hotel’s busy season.