September 30 2014 | Latest NewsBy: Robin Shannon, CityBusiness September 30, 2014
By the end of this year, the former W Hotel near the foot of Poydras Street will have a new name and its full allotment of rooms back.
The 23-story tower at 333 Poydras St. is in the final stretch of a $29 million renovation that will rebrand the property as a Le Meridien Hotel. Its renovation is part of a continuing trend of new investment in the New Orleans hospitality market that has involved facelifts of existing properties and new development.
The Le Meridien project was designed by New York architect Meyer Davis. Donahue Favret of Mandeville is handling the build out of the public spaces and Case & Associates General Contractors of Houston is working on the guest rooms.
The revamped hotel will break away from the more modern, edgier feel of the W to embrace a more art-inspired European design.
Each room and floor corridor will feature contextual influences from the city.
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