Le Meridien Plans New Orleans Debut

As part of its plans to expand the Le Méridien hotel brand across North America, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide will open Le Méridien New Orleans in fall 2014, it announced last week.

The hotel — which currently operates under Starwood’s W brand — was sold in April to Chesapeake Lodging Trust, which will begin a comprehensive $29 million renovation of the hotel next spring, with a planned completion in the fourth quarter of 2014. Upon completion it will offer 410 fully renovated guest rooms and bathrooms, an upgraded fitness center, a rooftop pool and more than 10,000 square feet of meeting space.

“We are proud to debut the Le Méridien brand in the culturally rich city of New Orleans,” Brian Povinelli, global brand leader, Le Méridien and Westin Hotels, said in a statement. “With a bullish pipeline and re-developed brand strategy, Le Méridien continues on a remarkable growth trajectory, connecting with guests through the arts, culture, and cuisine in key cities around the world.”

Starwood acquired Le Méridien — established in Paris in 1972 — in 2005 and subsequently re-launched the French-born hotel brand around the themes of art and food. Presently, the brand has 100 properties in more than 40 countries.

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