Le Meridien Debuts in the Big Easy with the Opening of Le Meridien New Orleans

Newly Transformed Hotel Unveils $29 Million Renovation of Public Spaces, Restaurant and Bars, Guestrooms, and Expanded Meeting Space

NEW ORLEANS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today unveiled Le Méridien New Orleans, following a comprehensive $29 million transformation. The newly renovated hotel features 410 fully redesigned guestrooms, including 22 suites; three new food and beverage outlets, including a new destination restaurant; and the addition of 1,600 square feet of flexible meeting and event space.

"Le Méridien 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," said Brian Povinelli, Global Brand Leader, Le Méridien and Westin. "Le Méridien New Orleans will provide a unique experience for creative and curious minded travelers as we help them unlock the destination through locally influenced design, programming and food and beverage."

The renovation of Le Méridien New Orleans is taking place in two phases, with the first round completion including the full-scale renovation of all 410 guestrooms and respective corridors. Throughout the hotel, the design incorporates lines and grids inspired by the cartography and geography of New Orleans as seen from an aerial perspective. The design also features patterns and textures influenced by cultural and architectural elements, creating discovery moments for guests at every turn.

Le Méridien New Orleans also features the signature Le Méridien Hub™, a social gathering place that further builds on the brand's award-winning arrival experience, offering guests and locals a coffeehouse environment by day and a wine-inspired setting by night. An essential element of Le Méridien Hub, Longitude 90 bar invites guests to sip on carefully brewed cups of illy® coffee by a Master Barista, engage over Le Méridien Sparkling cocktails and indulge in succulent éclairs.

"Watching our hotel go through such a significant transition over the past few months has been an exciting journey," said John Thompson, General Manager of Le Méridien New Orleans. "Today is an important day as we finally open our doors as Le Méridien. We look forward to helping our guests unlock this unique destination through a redefined, contemporary experience."

LMNO, the hotel's new destination restaurant, is open for dinner service each evening, beginning tonight. With Executive Chef Mauricio Gutierrez at the helm, the restaurant offers New American fare infused with global flavours and a menu that provides a new perspective on local cuisine. The restaurant offers a dinner menu with select menu items available for lunch at Longitude 90.

Renovations completed on the second floor include 1,600 square feet of new, flexible meeting for a total of 20,000 square feet of meeting and event space as well as the addition of a new breakfast restaurant, Marché. As part of Le Méridien signature breakfast, guests receive a fresh start each morning with complimentary Eye Opener shots. These shots combine unconventional ingredient pairings and local flavours to awaken taste buds.

The final phase of the hotel transformation will include a redesigned front desk and porte-cochere valet entrance, the enhancement of existing meeting space and a landscaped palm garden that incorporates an art component and outdoor seating for guests and private events. A grand opening celebration is scheduled for March 2015.

Centrally located on Poydras Street, Le Méridien New Orleans is adjacent to the Arts District and just a few blocks from the jazz clubs, restaurants and night clubs of the world-famous French Quarter. Nearby attractions include Harrah's Casino, the Warehouse District, Contemporary Arts Center, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Outlet Collection at Riverwalk and the French Market.

For more information, visit www.lemeridienneworleanshotel.com. Connect with Le Méridien New Orleans on social media through Facebook at www.facebook.com/lemeridiennola and on Twitter and Instagram @lemeridiennola.

About Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts

Le Méridien, the Paris-born hotel brand currently represented by nearly 100 properties in more than 40 countries, was acquired by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) in November 2005. With more than 80 of its properties located in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia-Pacific, Le Méridien provided a strong international complement to Starwood's then primarily North American holdings at the time of purchase. Since then, Le Méridien has gone through a brand re-launch, which included a large scale hotels product consolidation and redefined brand strategy. Through creation of the LM100 artist community, Le Méridien has transformed numerous guest touch points, thus bringing unique, interactive and curated experiences to its guests. Plans call for dynamic expansion of Le Méridien Hotels and Resorts within the next five years, concentrating on markets in Asia-Pacific and the Americas. Le Méridien recently opened new hotels in New Orleans (Louisiana, USA), Bangkok (Thailand), Chicago (Illinois, USA), and Tampa (Florida, USA) and will open in the next 12 months in Mahabaleshwar (India), Gandhinagar (India), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Charlotte (North Carolina, USA), Columbus (Ohio, USA), New Delhi (India), Thimphu (Bhutan), Paro (Bhutan), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Qingdao (China), Putrajaya (Malaysia), Leshan (China), and Indianapolis (Indiana, USA). For more information, please visit www.leMéridien.com or www.facebook.com/leMeridien. Follow @LeMéridien Hotels on Instagram and Twitter.

Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc


Peter Mayer New Orleans
Margaret Taylor, 504-378-6602
Le Méridien
Katie Cline, 212-380-4013
Global Public Relations


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