Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide unveiled the designs for Le Méridien New Orleans. As part of the conversion plan of the former W New Orleans, the property will transitioned to a Le Méridien property for the remainder of its $29-million renovation. The Le Méridien property will debut this winter.
Le Méridien New Orleans will have 410 renovated guestrooms and corridors, as well as a fully redesigned lobby experience, incorporating the signature Le Méridien Hub, a new destination restaurant and bar, and re-concepted second floor flexible meeting space. The hotel will continue to feature amenities such as the fitness facility, rooftop pool and more than 15,000 square feet of meeting and event space.
Designed by New York-based Meyer Davis, the hotel's design incorporates the mid-century aesthetic of Le Méridien layered with influences from the city of New Orleans. Design elements and patterns within the hotel draw from the architectural features of the city, including the wrought iron work seen throughout the Big Easy. Cultural references from the Mardi Gras parade route to quotes from Louis Armstrong will also be included.
Wall coverings along the guestroom corridors will be inspired by the cartography of New Orleans with hidden quotes about the city incorporated into the custom pattern. As one moves from the corridor into the guestroom, the entry is wrapped in a graphic design that represents crowd densities along the Mardi Gras route. This theme continues throughout the design of the guestroom. A drafting height desk anchors one side of the room, while a soaring headboard draws from the profiles of moldings found throughout the city. The guestrooms will have neutral tones with touches of accent colors.
Le Méridien New Orleans will include the Le Méridien Hub, which reinterprets the traditional lobby into a social gathering place. Le Méridien arrival consists of four elements: large-scale artwork; a sensory experience, illustrated through Le Méridien signature scent, sound and use of light; UNLOCK ART program, including artist designed key card collections that offer access to Le Méridien affiliated contemporary cultural centers in the city; and a 24-hour curated soundtrack by French Bossa Nova band Nouvelle Vague. The hub will also include the Master Barista, a recently launched initiative for coffee lovers.
Located on Poydras Street, the hotel is adjacent to the Arts District and is near 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.