W New Orleans Completes Renovation

The W New Orleans – French Quarter has completed a $9 million, full-scale property renovation, W Hotels Worldwide announced yesterday.

Part of the W brand's effort to update more than 11 of its properties across North America, the renovation encompassed all 97 of the hotel's guest rooms, as well as its lobby, its corridors, its outdoor courtyard and its "Studio" meeting spaces. Additionally, it included the addition of a new fitness center and a contemporary Creole cuisine restaurant, called SoBou.

"When W New Orleans – French Quarter opened more than 12 years ago, it created a new scene in our vibrant city," said General Manager James Wroblewski. "The renovation is critical to enhancing the overall guest experience while also drawing in locals with a very personalized touch."

The hotel's redesigned guest rooms feature either a jazz theme or a tarot card theme, the latter of which includes décor inspired by New Orleans' voodoo queen Marie Laveau.

Said the rooms' interior designer Anurag Nema, principal at New York-based Nemaworkshop, "The new design definitely has a little fun with the city's spiritual side. You may see Marie's eyes following you on the guest room number placard, or you may recognize her headdress on a directional sign. If you look up while you're standing in the lift landing, you'll notice tiny, pin-like lights, playing off voodoo pins."

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