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Discover Bienville House, whose name pays homage to Jean Baptiste Le Moyne, sieur de Bienville, the founder of New Orleans.

Bienville House was constructed in the years leading up to the Civil War, when many settlers from around the world began expanding into the Old American West.

Founded by Jean Baptiste Le Moyne, sieur de Bienville in 1718, New Orleans was named for Philippe II of France, the duc d'Orleans. Its nickname the Crescent City comes from its position on a sweeping curve of the great Mississippi River. Control of the area transferred between the French and Spanish several times before being acquisitioned by the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. This blending of French and Spanish influences, along with Anglo, Cuban, African American, Irish, Italian and the distinctive Cajun culture has imbued the city with a dynamic flavor unlike any other in the country. A vast number of historic buildings in the French Quarter or Vieux Carre have been preserved and mark the site of the original city center. The Bienville House, a historic hotel in New Orleans, has a colorful past included functioning as part of a large rice mill complex before being converted to a hotel in 1967.

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    Founded by Jean Baptiste Le Moyne, sieur de Bienville in 1718, New Orleans was named for Philippe II of France, the duc d'Orleans. Its nickname the Crescent City comes from its position on a sweeping curve of the great Mississippi River. Control of the area transferred between the French and Spanish several times before being acquisitioned by the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. This blending of French and Spanish influences, along with Anglo, Cuban, African American, Irish, Italian and the distinctive Cajun culture has imbued the city with a dynamic flavor unlike any other in the country. A vast number of historic buildings in the French Quarter or Vieux Carre have been preserved and mark the site of the original city center.


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Hotel History: Bienville House (1835), New Orleans, Louisiana*



By Stanley Turkel, CMHS



In the heart of the French Quarter between Decatur and N. Peters Street, the historic Bienville House Hotel is located. This French Quarter boutique hotel had humble beginnings, starting as Planters Rice Mill in 1835 and converting to Thompson's Rice Mill and the Southern Syrup factory. After decades as a manufacturing plant, the owners capitalized on the prime location and transformed the building into the North American Hotel. It became known as "a delightful summer residence for Ladies and Gentlemen."



New Orleans is a storehouse of memories from as early as 1718, when it was founded by Governor Bienville to become the southern outlet for the French Empire in North America. Control of the area transferred between the French and Spanish several times before being acquired by the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. The blending of French and Spanish cultures along with the Cuban, Irish, Italian, Anglo, African American and the distinctive Cajun influence has created a city unlike any other in the United States. The Bienville House Hotel is one of many historic buildings in the French Quarter which has been preserved and enhanced.



Some years later, the North American Hotel owners had parted and converted the building into a Fire House. During the revival of Decatur Street, the building was renovated into 20 luxury apartments named the Royal Bienville. In the early 1970s, after almost being destroyed by a nearby warehouse fire, the building was restored to a transient motor hotel.



In 1972, the hotel was purchased by the Monteleone family who converted it into a truly distinctive establishment with the style of a French Quarter manor house. The lobby is elegantly outfitted with hand-painted murals and Old World furnishings. One of the most beautiful flagstone courtyards surrounds a crystal blue pool and wrought iron balconies grace many guestrooms. Four welcoming sundecks invite guests to relax and drink in the flavor of this most European of cities.



Surrounding the beautiful Bienville House Hotel are the antique shops of Royal Street, the late-night entertainment of Bourbon Street, the House of Blues, the intrigue of voodoo and ghost tours, the history of Jackson Square and the world-class restaurants in the French Quarter.



The Bienville House Hotel is a member of the Historic Hotels of America.



*excerpted from his book Built To Last: 100+ Year-Old Hotels East of the Mississippi



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About Stanley Turkel, CMHS



Stanley Turkel is a recognized consultant in the hotel industry. He operates his hotel consulting practice serving as an expert witness in hotel-related cases and providing asset management an and hotel franchising consultation. Prior to forming his hotel consulting firm, Turkel was the Product Line Manager for worldwide Hotel/Motel Operations at the International Telephone & Telegraph Co. overseeing the Sheraton Corporation of America. Before joining IT&T, he was the Resident Manager of the Americana Hotel (1842 Rooms), General Manager of the Drake Hotel (680 Rooms) and General Manager of the Summit Hotel (762 Rooms), all in New York City. He serves as a Friend of the Tisch Center and lectures at the NYU Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism. He is certified as a Master Hotel Supplier Emeritus by the Educational Institute of the American Hotel and Lodging Association. He served for eleven years as Chairman of the Board of the Trustees of the City Club of New York and is now the Honorary Chairman.




Stanley Turkel is one of the most widely-published authors in the hospitality field. More than 275 articles on various hotel subjects have been posted in hotel magazines and on the Hotel-Online, Blue MauMau, Hotel News Resource and eTurboNews websites. Two of his hotel books have been promoted, distributed and sold by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (Great American Hoteliers: Pioneers of the Hotel Industry and Built To Last: 100+ Year-Old Hotels East of the Mississippi). A third hotel book (Built To Last: 100+ Year-Old Hotels in New York) was called "passionate and informative" by the New York Times. Executive Vice President of Historic Hotels of America, Lawrence Horwitz, has even praised one book, Great American Hoteliers Volume 2: Pioneers of the Hotel Industry:



  • “If you have ever been in a hotel, as a guest, attended a conference, enjoyed a romantic dinner, celebrated a special occasion, or worked as a hotelier in the front or back of the house, Great American Hoteliers, Volume 2: Pioneers of the Hotel Industry is a must read book. This book is recommended for any business person, entrepreneur, student, or aspiring hotelier. This book is an excellent history book with insights into seventeen of the great innovators and visionaries of the hotel industry and their inspirational stories.”


Turkel was designated as the “2014 Historian of the Year by Historic Hotels of America,” the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This award is presented to an individual for making a unique contribution in the research and presentation of history and whose work has encouraged a wide discussion, greater understanding and enthusiasm for American History.



Works published by Stanley Turkel include:





Most of these books can be ordered from AuthorHouse—(except Heroes of the American Reconstruction, which can be ordered from McFarland)—by visiting www.stanleyturkel.com, or by clicking on the book’s title.



Contact: Stanley Turkel



stanturkel@aol.com/917-628-8549

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