Plans for new downtown hotel announced
BATON ROUGE - The Capital City pushes closer to the goal of more than 1,000 hotel rooms downtown with Monday's announcement of a planned Courtyard Marriott hotel at 260 Third Street.
Hotel developer Windsor Aughtry, representatives from the Downtown Development District, and hotel management company Hospitality America were on hand this morning for the announcement of a new construction, eight-story, 147-room hotel. It will be constructed on the parking lot owned by Gordon LeBlanc and Tom Adamek.
According to the Downtown Development District, the site of the new Courtyard Marriot hotel will be in the space once occupied by Baton Rouge's first hotel, Hotel Istrouma.
In addition to the new Third Street hotel, developer Mike Wampold has plans for a seventh hotel that will push the number of rooms for rent in Baton Rouge's thriving downtown area to more than 1,000. The thousand hotel rooms are key to attracting more conventions and meetings to the downtown area.