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Le Meridien New Orleans Undergoing Renovation for March Opening

By M+E Staff

After a $29 million renovation project, the Le Meridien New Orleans (LMNO) now contains over 400 guestrooms, several restaurants and 1,600 square feet of event space.

“Le Méridien is experiencing strong growth momentum in North America, and New Orleans has long been on our short list of dynamic U.S. cities that share in our brand passions for the arts, culture and cuisine,” said Brian Povinelli, global brand leader for the Le Méridien and Westin. “Le Méridien New Orleans will provide a unique experience for creative and curious minded travelers as we help them unlock the destination through locally influenced design, programming and food and beverage.”

Completed in two phases, the first renovation will include 410 new guestrooms and corridors, designed specifically to fit in with the New Orleans atmosphere. Additionally, Le Meridien also will feature a social area for guests to purchase food and beverages.

“Watching our hotel go through such a significant transition over the past few months has been an exciting journey,” said John Thompson, general manager of LMNO. “Today is an important day as we finally open our doors as Le Méridien. We look forward to helping our guests unlock this unique destination through a redefined, contemporary experience.”

The restaurant opened recently and features local cuisine from Executive Chef Mauricio Gutierrez each evening. 

Second floor renovations include 1,600 square feet of space making a total of 20,000 square feet of event space and a breakfast restaurant, Marche. Guests also will receive complimentary Eye Opener shots.

The remaining phase includes a new front desk, valet entrance and enhanced meeting space. Additionally, a palm garden will open with outdoor seating for private events. The grand opening is scheduled for March 2015.

Located on Podras Street, LMNO is adjacent to the Arts District and near local jazz clubs, restaurants and night clubs of the French Quarter. Other nearby attractions include Harra’s Casino, the Warehouse District, Contemporary Arts Center, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Outlet Collection at Riverwalk and the French Market.