A local developer is proposing to build an upscale hostel — a so-called “poshtel” — with 185 beds, a bar and restaurant on vacant land along the Bywater riverfront.
The 45,000-square-foot boutique hostel would have 43 rooms — a mix of shared, hostel-style rooms with shared bathrooms and private rooms with private bathrooms. Before it can be built, the project requires a conditional-use permit from the New Orleans City Council because it would exceed 10,000 square feet.
The property, bordered by Royal, Mazant, Chartres and Bartholomew streets, is owned by New Orleans lawyer John Cummings.
Developer Ted Kelso, who applied for a building permit Monday under the name Pelican Royal LLC, said work on the project could be completed by early 2018.
Rates at the hostel would range from $33 for a shared room to $144 for a private room.
Kelso told neighbors during a public meeting last month that the building’s shared rooms would accommodate from four to 10 guests, according to meeting minutes included with the project’s application.
The property is expected to cater to “millennial-type consumers, ages 20-34,” with a focus on international travelers, Kelso told the group.
“We’re not going after bachelor parties — this is not our target market — and it is not a frat house,” he said. “We’re targeting serious travelers who are looking to really experience New Orleans as a local and have a chance to interact with locals.”
The proposed hostel would include a 60-seat restaurant, a small hotel bar, a courtyard with room to seat 40 and 40 parking spots.
Additional space at the site could house a coffee shop or laundry that would be open to the public.
The project is expected to be reviewed by the City Planning Commission within the next two months before heading to the City Council for a vote.
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