Omni takes over management, re-branding of former Wyndham Riverfront Hotel

November 10 2014 | Latest News
By Katherine Sayre, | The Times-Picayune

Omni Hotels & Resorts will take over management of the Wyndham Riverfront on Convention Center Boulevard after an $8 million renovation, the Dallas-based company said Tuesday.

"We are excited about the rebranding of the Riverfront New Orleans as an Omni," Joe Jaeger, the hotel's owner through Riverfront Lodging, LLC., said in a news release. "This is our second property to join the Omni family and we look forward to a longstanding and productive relationship."

The 202-room hotel at 701 Convention Center Blvd. will be called the Omni Riverfront under the management agreement.

It will be the third Omni-brand hotel in New Orleans: the Omni Royal Crescent Hotel on Gravier Street in the Central Business District and the Omni Royal Orleans in the French Quarter. Jaeger is part owner in the French Quarter property.

Jaeger, a New Orleans hotelier, has a portfolio that includes Dauphine Orleans, Bourbon Orleans, The Whitney Hotel, Hotel Le Marais, and Hotel Mazarin. He is also among the developers vying for a long-term lease for the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center's upriver vacant land, where the convention center hopes to see a mixed-use development anchored by a hotel.

Over the last six months, the Riverfront hotel underwent a renovation aimed at restoring a vintage and New Orleans-focused design, according to a news release. Each guest room was part of the renovation.

The hotel restaurant, previously known as 7 on Fulton, has been re-branded as Fulton St. Bistro | Bar.