Astor Crowne Plaza Completes Multi-Million Dollar Renovation in New Orleans

The Astor Crowne Plaza hotel in downtown New Orleans has completed a multi-million dollar renovation of its guest rooms, public spaces and meeting rooms, its management company, Dallas-based Hospitality Management Corporation, announced last week. The hotel, which opened in 2002, has 693 guest rooms and 32,000 square feet of meeting space.

"This commitment to The Astor Crowne Plaza confirms our company's faith in the future of one of America's favorite cities and its importance as both a major convention and leisure destination," Hospitality Management Corporation President and CEO Leo Spriggs said in a statement.

The theme of its renovation, according to The Astor Crowne Plaza, was "We're Polishing the Crowne of New Orleans." Work commenced in July 2008, was completed by the end of the year and included enhancements to the lobby, which was outfitted with new furnishings; guest rooms, which were upgraded with new bedding, furnishings, wall coverings, lighting and drapes; and the hotel's wireless Internet system, which was upgraded throughout for greater speed and reliability.

In addition, the hotel's Executive Lounge and fitness center were doubled in size; the former, located on its Club Level floor, was expanded in order to provide views of Bourbon Street while the latter was updated with new flooring, wall coverings, flat-screen TVs and fitness equipment.

Finally, the hotel has also expanded its meeting facilities by 2,100 square feet—by adding three new 700-square-foot meeting rooms on its mezzanine level—and outfitted all of its meeting space with new wall coverings, carpeting and furnishings.