December 18 2014 | Latest NewsBy Katherine Sayre, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
Starwood Hotel's Le MÃ©ridien opened on Poydras Street this week after a $29 million renovation, replacing the W Hotel brand.
The Parisian-inspired Le MÃ©ridien brand focuses on mid-century modern style with an artsy approach, according to Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.
The 23-story tower at 333 Poydras St. was built in 1984, and Starwood purchased the property in 1999. The hotel has 410 renovated rooms and an expanded 20,000 square feet of meeting space.
Starwood bought the Le MÃ©ridien brand in 2005 and now operates 100 locations in 40 countries worldwide.
"Le MÃ©ridien is experiencing strong growth momentum in North America, and New Orleans has long been on our short list of dynamic U.S. cities that share in our brand passions for the arts, culture and cuisine," Brian Povinelli, Global Brand Leader, Le MÃ©ridien and Westin, said in a news release.
The restaurant LMNO -- which brings together the initials of the hotel and the city of New Orleans -- will be part of the hotel. The restaurant brings Colombian-born chef Mauricio Gutierrez, who is known for avant-garde, molecular cooking techniques and Latin American flavors.
New Orleans still has a W Hotel, at 316 Chartres St. in the French Quarter.