If you have ever visited historic Downtown Bryan, you have seen the iconic LaSalle Hotel. Towering yet charming, this boutique hotel welcomes guests with a nostalgic feel and all the class that comes with “southern hospitality”
The hotel has been owned by the city of Bryan since 2001, but has been around since 1928. It earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places back in 2000 and has brought tourists and visitors to Bryan and College Station for years.
When it first opened, the LaSalle sported one hundred guest rooms along with a ballroom on the first floor and had their own tailor, barbershop, and café. In 1959 the Bryan hotel was converted into a nursing home, which then became a resident hotel with small apartments until it closed in 1980.
For seventeen years, the famous hotel stood deserted. Its renovation in 2000 by a private developer spurred the revitalization of Downtown Bryan. Though the hotel faltered around that time, the City of Bryan understood its significance and stepped in to maintain its upkeep.
Now, the famous LaSalle is symbolic of Downtown Bryan itself. Its circle drive and fountain along with the classic neon sign embody the antique-yet-youthful allure of the historic district. The hotel’s bar and lounge opens up its doors for community events like First Friday and hosts performances during the annual Rock the Republic music festival.
According to The Eagle, city officials have accepted a bid for the LaSalle and the Bryan City Council has approved a license regarding its operation and use. The company buying the hotel is an LLC with the name of “LS Hotel”. Although specific details have not been released, the LaSalle will likely continue to run just the same as it does now, only under private hands – which means more tax revenues for the city.