Construction crews got to work last year after the announcement that the 23 story W Hotel on Poydras would be rebranded as Starwood’s upper tier brand, Le Méridien New Orleans.
The hotel has undergone a $29 million renovation, and will have a new restaurant, new, chef, and new bar.
Le Méridien New Orleans will feature 410 fully 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 premium amenities such as the modern fitness facility, rooftop pool, and more than 15,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and event space. The renovations total nearly $71,000 per key.
Designed by New York-based Meyer Davis, the inspiration for the hotel’s design incorporates the mid-century aesthetic of Le Méridien layered with contextual influences from the city of New Orleans. Design elements and patterns within the hotel draw from the architectural features of the city, including the iconic wrought iron work seen throughout the Big Easy. Cultural references from the Mardi Gras parade route to quotes from one of the city’s most famous sons – Louis Armstrong – layer the design with a lens that is both uniquely Le Méridien and specific to New Orleans.
According to Todd Price of NOLA.com, the new restaurant will be called LMNO, and feature the cuisine of is Colombian-born Chef Mauricio Gutierrez, “who is known for his avant-garde, molecular cooking techniques and use of Latin American flavors.”
Check out the new interior: