If honest with ourselves, many of us have lifted items from hotels we have stayed in. Whether it’s a wonderfully plush bathrobe, an ashtray from the bar, or silverware from an in-room dinner. It’s not so much the idea of stealing something, it’s about having a souvenir from your stay at a 5-star hotel.
Well the Roosevelt New Orleans, which is a Waldorf Astoria Hotel, is celebrating its 125th anniversary. To celebrate the occasion, anyone who turns in the most unique item taken from the hotel will actually be rewarded.
Between now and July 1, 2019, they will be given 7 free nights in their Presidential Suite, free private dinners cooked by the executive chef, and luxurious spa treatments! Considering rooms go for $1,500 per night, this package is worth well over $15,000!
Considering the Roosevelt’s rich history, you will have plenty of time to return something unique before July 1st! Originally opened in 1893, it was called the Grunewald Hotel on Canal Street. The hotel was named after its owner, Louis Grunewald who was a successful Bavarian businessman.
In 1923, the hotel was renamed the Roosevelt and became well-known for its Blue room and The Sazerac Bar located off from the lobby where many legendary musicians performed including Cab Calloway, Jack Benny, Louis Armstrong, and Ray Charles.
In 1965, the hotel became a Fairmont until the basement was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, closing in 2005. The current owners bought the property in 2007, refurbished and remodeled everything bringing it back to its glory days and was reborn as the Roosevelt in 2009.
Tod Chambers, the General Manager, said they restored everything from the lavish décor to the original logo from the famous Sazerac Bar. They are accepting all items from any time period in the hotel’s history for their Historic Giveback Contest in July.
Vintage Blue-Room Items
They want to celebrate the hotel’s entire history and will place all items returned on display in the lobby. They will also return these items to their owners, if they want them, after the ceremony in July.
To date, they have received Grunewald plates, stemware, faded menus, and, believe it or not, a full tablecloth! Other returned items include giant brass room keys, bud vases, and one former guest turned in an album recorded in the Blue Room by Jan Garber in 1959. Even though the album is too scratched up to play, they are looking into avenues to have it digitally reproduced.
Wendy Tannehill, who turned in the old album and some old glassware, said they heard about the contest. Her parents and grandparents always visited The Roosevelt to listen to the bands playing there. Her husband and she found other memorabilia from the hotel on eBay. It seems her family has been in love with the Roosevelt for a very long time!
Chambers said that swiping things of sentimental value was actually a crime of endearing passion! There’s something in knowing they have an item that reminded them of the Roosevelt in their own homes. He said there are an estimated 700 glasses, with the Sazerac Bar logo, that were “borrowed” from the bar during the holiday season alone.
So many of these returned items will give everyone a chance to recapture a little bit of history and have some fun along the way. They are receiving other items every week and expect to see many more before July!
Anyone who has items from this famous hotel stowed away, you might want to consider turning them in for a chance at winning the contest! On top of that, all items will be returned to you!