History of the Royal St. Charles Hotel
The building which is now the Royal St. Charles Hotel was once known as the Southern Federal Savings Bank. The conversion of the property from commercial office space to a modern boutique hotel took place in 2000. Today the building is completely transformed and thrives as a vibrant hotel, except for the old bank vault which is still intact.
Origins of the Royal St. Charles Hotel Name
The Royal St. Charles Hotel was named with two of New Orleans’ most historic thoroughfares in mind…Royal Street and St. Charles Avenue.
Royal Street is one of the oldest streets in the city of New Orleans, dating from the French Colonial era. It is well known for the antique shops, art galleries, and stately hotels that line its sides as it runs through New Orleans' French Quarter and tourist district. Royal Street is the best known street in the French Quarter besides Bourbon Street.
St. Charles Avenue
The "down river" end meets Canal Street. Across Canal Street in the French Quarter, the equivalent street is Royal Street. From Canal Street St. Charles runs up through the New Orleans Central Business District, then the length of Uptown New Orleans, reflecting the crescent curve of the Mississippi River some distance inland.
Things To Do in New Orleans
Take a stroll along the Mississippi River, feed an alligator or stroll through time as you take in the stories behind one of our many historical attractions. New Orleans has so much to offer and caters to every traveler. So whether you're a sports fan, history buff, outdoor adventurer, aspiring chef or music lover, there's an attraction in New Orleans to suit your every need.
History of PJ's Coffee
The Royal St. Charles Hotel proudly brews PJ’s Coffee daily in its very own PJ’s Coffee café. The location features ample seating for guests and visitors to relax and unwind while enjoying some of the savory New Orleans coffee served daily. Additional items available are fresh baked pastries, handmade chocolates, hot & cold entrees, beer and wine.
New Orleans is the coffee capital of the world. The history of coffee in Louisiana is rich and strong. For more than two centuries, the finest coffee beans from around the world have always come here first. Coffee arrived in New Orleans in 1720 when French explorers introduced it to the city. Today, one third of all the coffee in North America lands first on the docks of the Crescent City. Savor a cup of coffee almost anywhere in North America and you'll taste New Orleans. Naturally, the largest coffee roasting plant in the world is located here too. Every cup of coffee PJ's best represents our commitment to the legacy and culture of the Crescent City.
Location to Canal Street
The Royal St. Charles Hotel is located one block from Canal Street, the major thoroughfare in the city of New Orleans which forms the upriver boundary of the city's oldest neighborhood, the French Quarter (Vieux Carré). Canal Street acted as the dividing line between the older French/Spanish Colonial-era city and the newer American Sector, today's Central Business District.
One end of Canal Street terminates at the Mississippi River. Often called "The foot of Canal Street", at the riverfront the Canal Street Ferry offers a connection to the Algiers Point neighborhood, an older, 18th century portion of the larger Algeirs area across the river. Canal Street's other terminus is in Mid-City at a collection of cemeteries. Slightly offset from Canal Street's Mid-City end is the beginning of Canal Boulevard, which extends to the shore of Lake Pontchartain via the Lakeview neighborhood.
Location to the French Quarter
The Royal St. Charles Hotel is one block from the original settlement of New Orleans, called Vieux Carré, French Quarter or simply The Quarter. It is the oldest neighborhood in the city. Established by the French in 1718, the location was, and is still, a valuable site for trade due to its strategic position along the Mississippi River.
The district as a whole, bound by Canal Street, Decatur Street, Esplanade Avenue and Rampart Street, is a National Historic Landmark. The French Quarter boasts a storied history of international influence with cultural contributions from the French, Spanish, Italians, Sicilians, Africans, Irish and others - all evident in the development of this global port settlement.
So much of what makes New Orleans unique is captured in the melting pot atmosphere of the French Quarter - from the raucous party atmosphere of Bourbon Street to the bohemian elegance of Royal. It's a neighborhood full of surprises and magic.
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