Sir Richard Branson’s distinctive British-retro aesthetic isn’t something that necessarily comes to mind when we think of New Orleans—but, now that the Virgin Hotel New Orleans has gotten into its groove after officially opening in the summer of 2021, the combination suddenly makes sense. Walking through the front doors of this Warehouse District hotel is a whirlwind of colors, textures, and warm welcomes at each turn, from the valets to the reception and the world-class coffee counter, bar and restaurant in the impeccably-decorated lounges just beyond. The Pool Club on the 13th floor of the hotel offers plenty of space for lounging during the day or enjoying a craft cocktail and live music at night.
DuJour spoke with Cody Bertone, the Virgin Hotel New Orleans general manager, to learn more about this special property.
WHAT’S THE MOST REQUESTED ROOM AT THE PROPERTY?
The nine Grand Chamber King suites.
WHAT MAKES IT SO SPECIAL?
They are located on the corner of the building overlooking the Warehouse District. These rooms are very spacious, with impressive living areas and balconies with amazing city views.
WHAT IS THE NIGHTLY RATE FOR THIS ROOM?
They average around $600 per night.
WHAT’S YOUR PERSONAL FAVORITE ROOM AND WHY?
The Rooftop Chambers located above The Pool Club. The floor only has 11 rooms, and every room has an incredible view of the city. They also make it very convenient to access The Pool Club: it’s a quick walk down the stairs and you’re ready to enjoy a cocktail and the view.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE DESIGN ELEMENT ON PROPERTY?
On the 13th floor, you’ll find The Pool Club and Dreamboat set against a backdrop of downtown New Orleans . The Pool Club is quickly becoming a favorite with locals and leisure hotel guests looking for a stylish oasis. Dreamboat is the perfect venue for wedding ceremonies and receptions, business events, happy hours, large celebrations and everything in between.
HOW ABOUT ONE MORE FUN FACT ABOUT THE PROPERTY?
Anyone can stay where Sir Richard Branson stayed during Virgin Hotels New Orleans grand opening party! Sir Richard’s Flat, located on the hotel’s top floor, overlooks The Pool Club so it’s great for people watching. Richard’s Flat is the perfect luxurious hideaway.