NEW ORLEANS, La. – As the official hotel of The National WWII Museum, the just-opened Higgins Hotel & Conference Center not only features 18,000 square feet of event space, it also provides meeting planners with seamless access to the Museum’s own meeting spaces.
The 230-room hotel is the first Curio Collection by Hilton in Louisiana and the newest section of the expansive National World War II Museum complex, which opened in the Warehouse District in 2000.
As an extension of the mega-museum, the $66.5-million development offers guests a slice of 1940’s life, without sacrificing the latest in high-end hotel amenities.
Architects Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates imbued the Higgins with its 1940s-themed details, while Kay Lang + Associates directed the interior design work, which features artifacts from the museum’s historic collection.
The conference center will also be home to some of the museum’s educational programs, including The International Conference on World War II, which live-streams to guest rooms and public spaces. All proceeds generated will support the ongoing educational mission of the museum.
The hotel’s namesake, Andrew Higgins, was a local shipbuilder who invented the Higgins Boat, which was used in the D-Day invasion of Normandy in 1944.
A fitting tribute to those who toiled during the war can be discovered at Rosie’s on the Roof, which honors American women who worked in weapons factories during the struggle. The bar’s signature drink is “The Riveter,” a cocktail served in a classic canteen like the ones riveters would bring to work during the war.
The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center will support the National WWII Museum financially, helping it to continue its mission of keeping the story of America’s war efforts alive and well.