Starwood completes £19m renovation of Le Méridien New Orleans

The former W Hotel in New Orleans has reopened as the Le Méridien New Orleans following a £19m ($29m) conversion.

The lobby
The lobby

As part of the multimillion dollar renovation by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, 149sqm of new meeting space has been added, taking the total available event space up to 1,858sqm. A new landscaped palm garden will also offer further space for private events.

Elsewhere, all 410 bedrooms have been redesigned, three new food and beverage outlets have been introduced and a signature Le Méridien Hub – the brand’s reinterpretation of the traditional lobby – has been created.

The new design features artwork inspired by the cartography and geography of New Orleans as seen from an aerial perspective, as well as patterns and textures influenced by cultural and architectural elements.

The hotel is centrally located on Poydras Street, adjacent to the Arts District and just a few blocks from the jazz clubs, restaurants and night clubs of the world-famous French Quarter. Nearby attractions include Harrah’s Casino, the Warehouse District, Contemporary Arts Center, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Outlet Collection at Riverwalk and the French Market.

"Watching our hotel undergo such a significant transition has been an exhilarating journey," said John Thompson, general manager of Le Méridien New Orleans. "We are thrilled to unveil our beautiful new hotel and look forward to showing our guests a new perspective on the Big Easy."

The hotel hosted a first night celebration last night (5 March) inviting guests to experience Le Méridien hospitality and enjoy a live performance by French bossa-nova band, Nouvelle Vague.

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