Big news from the Big Easy: Starwood Hotels & Resorts has unveiled designs for Le Méridien New Orleans. This is a big deal as the French brand is getting ready to return to the Crescent City by the end of the year.
As part of the conversion plan of the former W New Orleans, the property has transitioned to the Hotel New Orleans Downtown for the remainder of its $29 million renovation. Managed by Starwood Hotels, the Hotel New Orleans Downtown will remain open and operational...and will also remain a member of the Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty program until Le Méridien debuts this winter.
Le Méridien New Orleans will have 410 renovated guestrooms as well as a fully redesigned lobby, incorporating the signature Le Méridien Hub, a new destination restaurant and bar, and re-concepted second floor flexible meeting space. Perks will include a rooftop pool, and event planners more than 15,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and event space.
Designed by New York-based Meyer Davis, elements and patterns within the hotel draw from the architectural features of the city, including the iconic wrought iron work seen throughout New Orleans, cultural references from the Mardi Gras parade route and quotes from one of the city’s most famous sons – Louis Armstrong himself.
Room elements a drafting-height desk to let guests work the way a creative designer works.
Located on Poydras Street, the hotel is adjacent to the Arts District and just a few blocks from the jazz clubs, restaurants and night clubs of the French Quarter. Nearby attractions include Harrah’s Casino, the Warehouse District, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans Museum of Art, Riverwalk Shopping and the French Market.