Part of the charm of New Orleans is that it's such an old, old city. Fortunately, due to a number of new and improved hotels, visitors can experience The Big Easy's historic culture without staying in outdated accommodations.
The most recent major update comes courtesy of the JW Marriott New Orleans, which has just completed an extensive renovation encompassing each of its 494 guest rooms, seven suites and public spaces, Marriott International announced yesterday.
Located in the French Quarter, the revamped JW Marriott New Orleans offers an upscale take on classic New Orleans themes. Renovated guest rooms, for instance, feature a calming color palette of whites and grays that's complemented by rich textiles, polished metal and antique mirrors. Meanwhile, carefully curated art makes iconic New Orleans references throughout the hotel, including Mardi Gras crowns and maps of the Bayou.
Other hotel highlights include a bi-level executive lounge, the centerpiece of which is an elegant pool table; a state-of-the-art fitness center; an outdoor saltwater pool; and over 25,700 square feet meeting and event space, including several brand-new spaces on the hotel's eighth floor.
"We are proud to offer the ultimate luxury experience across all JW Marriott properties and are especially excited about the completion of JW Marriott New Orleans," said Mitzi Gaskin, vice president and global brand leader, JW Marriott. "Situated in the heart of the bustling French Quarter, the hotel incorporates design elements that reflect the allure of this iconic city while offering an elevated guest experience through spacious guest rooms, personalized amenities and dynamic partnerships … We are delighted to welcome guests as they embark on an enriching cultural journey through the world-famous city of New Orleans, leaving them with memories that will last well beyond the time that they check out."
Four More Jewels in the Crescent City's Crown
The JW Marriott New Orleans is but one in a new generation of distinctive hotels that are freshly opened or recently renovated across the Crescent City. Here are four others:
• Windsor Court Hotel: New Orleans' Windsor Court Hotel has been hosting travelers for more than 30 years in the city's Central Business District. On their next visit, however, longtime guests will feel like they're staying at a brand-new hotel thanks to a $15 million renovation. Scheduled for completion this month, the project includes a modernization of the property's 316 guest rooms and suites, the grand opening of a new poolside bar and a refresh of all public spaces, including hallways, elevator landings, the Club Level Lounge and La Chinoiserie, the 3,700-square-foot ballroom on the hotel's top floor.
• Hotel Peter & Paul: One of New Orleans' most anticipated hotel openings this year was that of Hotel Peter & Paul, which debuted last month in New Orleans' Marigny district, just beyond the French Quarter. Featuring 71 rooms, the hotel occupies a 19th-century chapel, rectory, convent and schoolhouse. The schoolhouse is home to the lobby, a lounge and 59 rooms; the rectory houses a bar, a courtyard and five rooms; the convent has seven rooms; and the chapel, a 9,450-square-foot decommissioned red brick Catholic church, hosts public and private events.
• Cambria Hotel New Orleans Downtown Warehouse District: Choice Hotels International opened the Cambria Hotel New Orleans Downtown Warehouse District in January in New Orleans' historic Warehouse Arts District. The new-build property offers 153 guest rooms and nine suites; a hip, industrial aesthetic; an onsite bistro and bar; an art gallery; a fitness center with Precor exercise equipment; and 1,200 square feet of meeting space for groups of up to 134 people.
• The Jung Hotel & Residences: The Jung Hotel & Residences originally opened way back in 1907. Expanded in 1925, and again in the 1960s, it once was considered the largest conference hotel in the South. Then came Hurricane Katrina, which flooded the building in 2005. A decade later, in 2015, investors commenced a $140 million restoration, the fruit of which was realized in January 2018, when the new Jung Hotel & Residences opened. The 17-story property has 207 guest rooms and suites, 113 luxury apartments, a heated rooftop pool and poolside bar, a 24-hour fitness center, a restaurant and over 21,000 square feet of meeting space encompassing 15 meeting rooms and a 12,000-square-foot exhibit hall.