New Orleans meetings property undergoes complete renovation

Mid-February saw the unveiling of a complete renovation of all guest rooms, public areas and meeting space at the New Orleans Marriott Warehouse Arts District. The 332-unit property sits across from the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, which sits on the Mississippi River.

The renovation transformed the hotel’s traditional lobby using Marriott’s “Greatroom concept,” which is more open and acts as a space for socializing, complete with decor reflecting the history of the warehouse district. Light-colored herringbone wood floors, dark wood beams, and accents of teal, navy, and gold go hand in hand with contemporary carvings, mixed paneling, and bold prints throughout the space. There are also clusters of lounge furniture and a central bar. (look at the picture)

Joseph Blanchek, the hotel’s general manager, said “the redesign preserves the historic personality of the neighborhood while featuring contemporary improvements.” In meeting space, this shows in updated toiletries, decor and carpeting in the 7,000-square-foot Gravel Ballroom (divisible by six) and the 2,800-foot Cypress Ballroom squares (divisible by two). Both are located in a 200-year-old warehouse adjacent to the hotel tower and originally stored goods brought in by riverboats. The exposed brick walls of these spaces contrast nicely with their large crystal chandeliers.

Screenshot 2022-02-25 at 12.59.19 PM.pngThe property has 13 other formal meeting spaces as well as a 1,000-square-foot third-floor courtyard that’s adjacent to a new Presidential Suite that groups can use for small gatherings. Pre-function spaces outside the ballrooms and large breakout rooms include communal tables for attendees to network between sessions while they charge their mobile devices.

In renovated Marriott rooms, platform beds, wider desks, and new furnishings and decor are complemented by redesigned bathrooms with marble vanities and large walk-in showers.

Restaurants ranging from the famed Emeril’s to the high-energy Rock-and-Sake Bar and Sushi, plus several other seafood, steak, and Cajun/Creole restaurants are within a half-mile of the hotel. The Howlin’ Wolf, Republic, and Generations Hall are nearby cocktail and music venues that host larger bands. And the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and World War II Museum are also in the neighborhood.

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