Return a stolen item to this historic New Orleans hotel and you could win a free stay

March 18, 2019
The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel dating to 1893, is offering "seven free nights in our Presidential Suite, along with free private dinners cooked by the executive chef, and spa experiences," to the guest that returns the most outrageous item stolen from the historic hotel.

Most of us are guilty of having stolen something from a hotel, whether it was a hair dryer or a fancy glass from the lobby bar.

However, instead of punishing sticky-fingered guests, one historic hotel in New Orleans will reward one of them with a free seven-night hotel package valued at $15,000.

Now through July 1, The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel is accepting “any item from any time period in the building’s hotel history” as part of its Historic Giveback Contest.

“The person that offers up the most outrageous stolen item from our hotel — between now and July 1, 2019 — will receive seven free nights in our Presidential Suite, along with free private dinners cooked by the executive chef, and spa experiences,” said the hotel’s general manager, Tod Chambers, via Conde Nast Traveler.

Contest participants can return the items to the hotel’s concierge desk or mail them in with no questions asked. The hotel will even return items guests request to have back once the contest ends this summer.

“We will accept any item from any time period in the building’s hotel history for our Historic Giveback Contest. We want to celebrate her entire past. And, we plan to display the items people send to us in window cases in the lobby,” Chambers said. “We will return items to their owners after a big ceremony in July if they wish.”

So far, Chambers said The Roosevelt New Orleans has received plates that were stolen from the dining room, old stemware and even a full tablecloth along with faded menus, bud vases and giant brass room keys.

“In a way, knowing they have something that reminds them of our Roosevelt in their own homes? Well, that leaves us flattered,” Chambers said. “This is letting us recapture a little history and have some fun doing it. We are getting a few items every week, and we expect that to rise as we roll toward July.”

Dating as far back as 1893, The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel has undergone dramatic renovations since being purchased in 2007 and currently features more than 500 rooms, 100-plus of which are suites.

 





 


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