Le Méridien New Orleans – Hotel Review
There are renovations and there are renovations. In the case of Le Méridien New Orleans a substantial $29 million top-to-bottom renovation transformed the former W New Orleans into a stylish tower where the brand’s European flair melds nicely with the culture of the Big Easy.
We arrived by taxi from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and confirmed that first impressions can be misleading. While our arrival was barely acknowledged and we had to take our bags from the taxi to the reception desk, there we were quite warmly greeted. I briefly surveyed the rather large and eclectic lobby with its strong yellows, blues, and grays and many seating areas and inviting nooks. Check-in formalities lasted mere seconds and off to our room we went.
Our Urban Guestroom wasn’t as quirky as the lobby. Its mix of neutral colors, earth tones, and a variety of materials (the wall behind the headboard, had the appearance of an undulating window shade and was a piece of art unto itself) set it apart from the typical hotel room one would expect in a glass-clad high-rise hotel.
A welcome assortment of local New Orleans brews, chips, fresh baked cookies, and (of course) several strings of beads were waiting, even though my visit wasn’t during Mardi Gras.
A sofa/day bed by the window was quite comfortable for reading or taking a nap. We had excellent city views from our perch on a high floor.
The bed was what one would expect at a Méridien property and was outfitted with soft cotton linens and soft (but not too soft) feather pillows. Despite some late-night reverie, (it was my first time in the city), I woke feeling quite refreshed and ready for a busy schedule.