The Westin New Orleans unveils reno

i By January 13, 2020 No Comments

The Westin New Orleans has wrapped up a $30-million revitalization spanning the entire hotel, which sits on the edge of the French Quarter off Canal Street at 100 Rue Iberville.

The revamp of the 462-key property includes major renovations to all guestrooms and suites, lobby/check-in and 30,000 square feet of meeting space. The hotel also features new dining establishments Bistro at the Bend restaurant and Observatory Eleven bar and lounge, as well as new special event space, Riverbend Ballroom, all of which are located on the 11th floor.

(Top of post) A circular bar is the main focal point of the Observatory Eleven bar and lounge. Photo courtesy of The Westin New Orleans. 

“The renovation has been an exciting step towards elevating the hotel to the Westin brand standards and expectations of Westin hotel loyalists,” says Jerry Reyes, general manager, The Westin New Orleans. “The spectacular views at Observatory Eleven, Bistro at the Bend, and Riverbend Ballroom are like no other in the city and only enhance our guests’ experience with us. Our revitalized guestrooms, lobby, and meeting spaces breathe life back into the hotel, preserving the peaceful luxury that our guests know and love.”

Highlights of the interior redesign created by Canadian firm Moncur Design Associates are:

  • the addition of 4,500 square feet of meeting space for a total of 30,000 square feet across 18 rooms on the property;
  • the Observatory Eleven bar and lounge, which features floor-to-ceiling views of the Mississippi River, approximately 2,300 square feet of seating, and a circular bar that is the main focal point of the room;
  • Bistro at the Bend restaurant, a modern, intimately-designed space seating approximately 104 guests that overlooks the bend of the Mississippi River, serving signature dishes with a focus on Louisiana flavours and local seafood;
  • and the Riverbend Ballroom, a 4,200-square-foot event space that can accommodate up to 280 guests, which features floor-to-ceiling windows along its entire length.

The Westin New Orleans was purchased by The Berger Co., in partnership with Cerberus Real Estate Capital Management, in 2017.

“This massive overhaul of the hotel signifies our commitment to making New Orleans a top destination in the world,” says Ben Tiller, principal at The Berger Co. “We’re excited to see our vision come to life and to create a unique experience for anyone visiting or living in the city.”

The hotel is managed by Highgate, a premier hospitality investment and management company.