Astor Crowne Plaza completes $13M makeover

Posted on: September 26 2016

By:  CityBusiness staff reports

The Astor Crowne Plaza on Canal Street has completed a $13 million renovation in time for the fall season.

The hotel at the corner of Canal and Bourbon streets upgraded its 700 rooms with new carpeting, vinyl, bathrooms, furniture and a fresh coat of paint. A new HVAC system and other infrastructure upgrades are also part of the renovations.

Lighter tones and more natural light were added, along with locally-inspired accents such as carpeting designed with iconic wrought iron shapes and framed vintage skeleton keys.

Meeting spaces and hallways were also refinished with new carpeting, paint and wallpaper. The lobby features three dimensional maps of the city by artist Gregor Turk to give visitors an interesting way to learn their way around New Orleans.

The hotel is comprised of two towers. The Astor tower, formerly home to the old Woolworth department store, has already received a facelift of its 500 rooms which were completed in January. The Alexa Tower, built in 1852, closed for the renovation of its 200 rooms.

The hotel dates back to 1852.

It remained open as the renovations were phased in over a six-month period. The hotel’s design consultant, blackdog studio, oversaw the renovations.

The renovation “ feels like a new hotel on the inside, yet we’ve preserved the history and traditions that are the heart and soul of the Astor,” said Andrew Done, the hotel’s director of sales and marketing.