Ascend Hotel Collection Continues Expansion
- Oct 08, 2012
The Ascend Hotel Collection, the international network of historic, boutique and unique upscale hotels offering an authentic, local experience, with upscale amenities and services, continues to expand. The Ascend Collection, part of Choice Hotels International Inc., recently added a bevy of properties to its growing portfolio, bringing the brand roster to 75 properties worldwide.
Among Ascend’s recent additions is The Blake Hotel New Orleans. Located at 500 St. Charles Ave., The Blake is in the heart of the Big Easy. The 11-story hotel sits on the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar line at Lafayette Square, in the French Quarter – the heart of the Crescent City.
The 122-key former Parc St. Charles Hotel is located in the former Bank of New Orleans building. The hotel features floor-to-ceiling windows and typical New Orleans wrap-around terraces that provide exquisite views of the city. Guests are greeted in a stylish lobby that also doubles as a lounge and features cream-colored travertine floors and walls accented by a sizeable strawberry-red faux alligator-skin wall hanging and a bold red semi-circular couch.
Hotel amenities include a business center, two meeting rooms, a fitness center with state-of-the-art ProMaxima equipment, as well as complimentary passes to the nearby Elmwood Fitness Center, as well as tour assistance, 24-hour front desk services and nighttime security. Valet parking and dry cleaning services are also available on site, and the full-service Café at the Square restaurant and bar serves southern cuisine.
All rooms feature complimentary wireless Internet access, 37-inch LCD TVs offering free premium channels, coffeemakers, irons and ironing boards, hair dryers, work desks and safes. Accessible rooms are also available.
The Blake is owned by JM Hotels L.L.C. and managed by Matrix Hospitality Group of New Orleans.
Other hotels that have recently joined the Ascend Hotel Collection network include envision Hotel in Boston, the Gettysburg, Pa., Federal Pointe Inn, The Clifton Hotel South Beach, The National Hotel and Suites in Ottawa and Hotel Elan in Calgary.
Choice Hotels International Inc. franchises approximately 6,200 hotels, representing more than 495,000 rooms, in the United States and more than 30 other countries and territories. The Ascend Hotel Collection is a membership program under the Choice Hotels umbrella.
Photo credit: The Blake Hotel’s Facebook page