InterContinental New Orleans is undergoing a $26-million renovation, the first major work performed at the hotel property since it's opening in 1984. Work is expected to be completed by early fall.
The new ownership team is Southwest Value Partners, a San Diego real estate investment firm, and Dimension Development, a hotel management company based in Natchitoches, La. The hotel has retained the InterContinental Hotels brand. In January 2013, the property was sold by its original owners Pan-American Life Insurance Company and InterContinental Hotels Group.
The sense of arrival to the InterContinental New Orleans is the most immediately recognizable element of the renovation, with the new entrance lobby being the design centerpiece of the renovation. The transformation of the hotel's first level entrance into a new lobby begins with the removal of the first level escalators. The new and renovated spaces accommodate a lounge and a signature restaurant, adjoining the open first level lobby.
As part of the renovation, there are now also new second-level meeting spaces, measuring approximately 12,000 square feet. Also, the rebuilt hotel infrastructure includes heating and cooling systems and laundry operations.
Similarly, the 479 guestrooms are being revisited. Guestroom renovations will be conducted floor by floor. While work is in progress on a designated floor, the floor will be closed to hotel guests.
During renovations, the portico vehicle entrance and exit facing St. Charles Avenue remains unchanged. During renovations, guests will enter and exit the building at the hotel's atrium. The atrium entrance is located to the right of the hotel's portico.
Intercontinental New Orleans is situated in the center of business, shopping and entertainment areas and within walking distance to the historic French Quarter, Canal Street and the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.