Monday, December 12, 2011

A sneak peek at the Saint Hotel

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Inside the Burgundy Bar, which hotel owner Mark Wyant says will have a 1920s Chicago speakeasy look.
  • Lauren LaBorde
  • Inside the Burgundy Bar, which hotel owner Mark Wyant says will have a "1920s Chicago speakeasy look."
The still under construction Saint Hotel hosted a sneak preview today to give guests a taste of what's to come from the Canal Street spot, which is slated to have a soft opening at the end of December and a grand opening in late January. Owner and developer Mark Wyant, an American Airlines pilot and hotel owner who decided on a whim to buy the former Audubon Building during a short stay in the city, aimed to create a boutique hotel that combines an old New Orleans feel with modern touches.

The hotel will also house Sweet Olive, a neo-American restaurant by Coquette chef and co-owner Michael Stoltzfus; the Burgundy Bar, a speakeasy-inspired spot that will host live jazz music; and Halo, a rooftop bar and lounge that will open in the spring.

The lobby right now is all-white with large photos of old Canal Street and some whimsical details, like two bell-shaped chandeliers and an oversized chair, but Wyant says the lobby will soon have a "cloud-like atmosphere" with the addition of sheer, floor-to-ceiling back-lit drapes.

The Saint Hotels lobby

The hotels lobby has two bell-shaped chandeliers. A customized pool table will go under this one.
  • Lauren LaBorde
  • The hotel's lobby has two bell-shaped chandeliers. A customized pool table will go under this one.

The rooms have an airy loft feel with sleek, modern furniture (designed by Trapolin-Peer, the architecture firm responsible for the building's exterior renovation) and exposed brick walls.

A room at the Saint Hotel.

... but walking through the purple-lit hallways were what I imagine it's like to be inside a UV ray.



Wyant says he wanted the Burgundy Bar to have a "1920s Chicago speakeasy look," and it's filled with opulent jewel-toned decor and has a stage for live music.
The Burgundy Bar

The hotel should have a soft opening around Dec. 28, and a grand opening is tentatively scheduled for Jan. 28.

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