Flick Mars wraps $22M restoration of New Orleans' Windsor Court

The Windsor Court Hotel has announced a $22 million restoration of the entire property, including new décor in all 316 guestrooms and suites, a refurbished Club Level lounge; a re-conceptualization of the Le Salon, a refresh of The Grill Room, The Polo Club Lounge, the pool area and meetings spaces; and the addition of a lobby bar and spa. The Spa at Windsor Court is slated for a spring 2012 opening.

Dallas-based design firm Flick Mars was commissioned to lead the restoration process blending traditional English décor, the signature of the Windsor Court, with French Vogue, the hallmark of New Orleans. Flick Mars referenced the city’s history, color, textiles and flora, as inspiration for the design and motifs seen throughout the hotel.

The design in the hotel’s guestrooms and suites features a new robin’s egg blue color scheme; opulent furnishings, such as Italian marble bathrooms, custom traditional toile depicting the St. Louis Cathedral and French aristocrats, and locally designed secretary desks; modern butler’s pantries; and city skyline and river views.

The rooms and suites also offer upgraded amenities, such as: Frette linens; oversized Molton Brown bath products; personalized evening turndown service; Keurig coffee makers; terry robes and slippers; and electronics, including iHome docking stations, flat screen HD TVs and jack pack connections. The hotel’s 2,780-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath presidential suite has also been completely reconfigured and resigned, inspired by historical Mardi Gras invitations from the Krewe of Rex, using a variation of purples, greens and golds.

 

The refurbished Club Lounge now offers a dedicated concierge, with the seating area now with a grand piano and a TV room. The outdoor terraces offer views of the Mississippi River and New Orleans.

Le Salon, home to New Orleans’ renowned afternoon tea, features a sage-green, ocean-blue and saddle-tan palate, reupholstered chairs and new accent furniture pieces. Flick Mars also built a new centerpiece bar that will serve as the lobby’s Cocktail Bar.

The refresh of The Grill Room and Polo Club Lounge includes new deep-red carpets, drapes, sofas, and reupholstered and new chairs with navy hues, leathers and brass. In addition, Flick Mars softened the pool area by adding new accent tiles in the pool, and new wrought iron lounge chairs with blue-green cushions, influenced by the metal seen in the French Quarter.

The hotel’s meeting and event spaces, ideal for intimate board meetings, weddings or social events, have received new carpeting and wall vinyl showcasing floral designs, such as magnolias, the Louisiana state flower, and vines typically seen around the city.

In spring 2012, the 4,500-square-foot Spa at Windsor Court will open with 10 treatment rooms, including one wet room and one couple’s treatment room, a sauna and salon facilities. Flick Mars, in conjunction with local architect Lyons & Hudson Architects, weaved the hotel’s design into the space, using the traditional English manor as a reference point and an English library as inspiration for the spa reception area that features Swarovski crystals lining the ceiling, mother of pearl tiles, and additional accents.

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