New Hotel openings lead to renovations

February 16 2012 | Latest News
Two hotels complete renovations making them more competitive with the new hotels...


By Richard Webster, Staff Writer

The Windsor Court Hotel, the city’s only four-star rated property, has completed a multimillion dollar renovation that general manager David Teich believes could push the establishment to five-star territory.

The Berger Co., which purchased the hotel from Orient-Express Hotels in 2009, invested more than $25 million in the renovation which includes a new pool, spa, and craft cocktail bar in the lobby.

All of the public spaces were redone, from the Club Level Lounge to the Grill Room, the Polo Club Lounge and Le Salon. And all 316 guest rooms and suites were completely gutted and redesigned at a cost of $50,000 per room.

It had been 13 years since the Windsor Court underwent such an extensive renovation and given the arrival of new hotels such as the Roosevelt and the return of the Hyatt, it was important for them to keep their competitive advantage, Teich said.

In addition to the Windsor Court’s facelift, the Bourbon Orleans Hotel has completed a $17 million renovation of its 218 luxury guestrooms and 28 balcony suites. The renovation began in August and includes new carpeting, wall colors and coverings, interior plantation shutters and furnishings.

The refurbished bathrooms have extra counter space, black granite surfaces, and large black tile and glass enclosed shower areas. Other in-room amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, hard-wired Internet access, 42-inch flat screen televisions and ergonomic Herman Miller-designed desk chairs.

The room renovations complete major property upgrades including a repainting of all exterior balconies and window frames, and the addition of an enlarged, glass-fronted fitness center on the hotel’s second floor.