Le Meridien New Orleans: Big But Feels Like a Boutique Hotel

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    Le Méridien New Orleans: Quiet, Comfortable, Convivial NOLA Hotel

    The Hub lobby of Le Meridien New Orleans hotel
    ••• Le Méridien New Orleans' lobby, called the Hub, was made for lounging. ©Marriott International

    Le Méridien New Orleans: Big-Brand Hotel With a Boutique-Hotel Feel

    New Orleans is one-of-a-kind American destination with a unique culture and rich ambiance. The Big Easy's heritage is global: French, Spanish, African, Southern, and more. And this kaleidoscopic city offers visitors an array of lodgings: true luxury hotels; business hotels; quirky boutique hotels; flavorful guest houses.

    Why Choose Le Méridien New Orleans? This is a large hotel (410 rooms), yet it has a personal air. For visitors who like big hotels with trusted names, yet hope for something special, this hotel is a fine place to laissez les bons temps rouler (let the good times roll!)

    Le Méridien hotels are part of Marriott International Inc., an American company, whose international labels include St. Regis, W, Westin, Sheraton, The Luxury Collection, The Ritz-Carlton, J.W. Marriott, Renaissance, and more. This property possesses Four Diamonds from AAA, an assurance of quality (though not extreme luxury).

    This was...MORE formerly a W hotel, and was upgraded to the tune of $29 million in 2015. Le Méridien New Orleans is now a more upscale hotel that manages to blend the feel of a boutique hotel with the amenities and scale of a high-rise branded hotel

    The hotel has a strong sense of place and proudly reminds you that you are in New Orleans. Its Nawlins pedigree is ever-present in its warm Crescent City service, and in visual details like French Quarter-style wrought ironwork, NOLA maps as wallpaper and jazz instruments as decorative accents. The upshot: you don't forget for a moment that you're visiting the magical Big Easy

    Le Méridien New Orleans Is in the middle of everything, enjoying an ideal location in the Crescent City. It is set a pleasant walk from the boisterous French Quarter; within the Central Business District and near many other hotels;  moments from the Arts District and Warehouse District; and a short trolley ride to the Garden District.

    Next: will YOU like Le Méridien New Orleans? Take the quiz! 

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  • 02 of 06

    Will Le Méridien New Orleans Hotel Be Your Big Easy Bliss?

    New Orleans hotel pool at Le Méridien
    ••• You can't count on a hotel pool in Nawlins, let alone a rooftop oasis like at Le Méridien. ©Marriott International

    Will You Like Staying at Le Méridien New Orleans?

    The answer is probably yes if: you want easy access to all of New Orleans: the French Quarter, Warehouse District, Garden District, Business District; yet you want a quiet hotel not within the frenzied French Quarter, where you'll get a good night's sleep ; you’re looking for efficient service and well-trained, friendly, helpful staff ; you're a design maven and love arts-inspired hotel décor and atmosphere (and creative details like this hotel's artsy collectible key cards); you like a modern hotel with uncluttered, stylish rooms ; you'll take advantage of an in-house, 24-hour fitness center and penthouse pool; you want to do NOLA with your cat or your under-40-pound dog; this hotel believes so strongly in pet-friendliness, it offers grooming services.

    The answer is probably no if: you want to stay in the heart of the French Quarter (and maybe hang off a Bourbon St. bar balcony at 3 A.M.); you’re looking for an ultra-l...MOREuxury five-star hotel; or you stay in four-star hotels and always upgrade to the club level (absent here); you prefer small boutique hotels, inns, and guest houses to large hotels; or you like hotels with traditional décor; you need a hotel with an on-property spa.

    Intrigued? Next, find out about Le Méridien New Orleans' rooms 

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  • 03 of 06

    Le Méridien New Orleans Hotel Rooms & Suites

    Sunny, modern hotel rooms at Le Meridien New Orleans
    ••• Bonjour, NOLA! The living room of a Luxury Suite at Le Méridien New Orleans. ©Marriott International

    Style of Le Méridien New Orleans Hotel

    Le Méridien New Orleans has 410 guestrooms spread over 23 floors. Rooms are not huge, but they're well-configured and quiet. The 22 capacious suites have separate living rooms and impressive city or Mississippi River views.

    The newly renovated hotel is sleek and modern, with neutral colors and splashes of color. The overall feeling is clean, contemporary, and artistic, but not stark or minimalist. Rooms' subdued palette is intended as a soothing contrast to the vivid Crescent City. It worked for me. My uncluttered room was like a vacation from all the stuff we can't help but accumulate at home.

    Rooms are intelligently planned and furnished. You'll have what you need: ample shelf, closet, and drawer space for your belongings and luggage; an easy chair or window banquette, plus a real desk; 55” LED TV; pillowtop mattress, silky sheets, down pillows, goose-down duvet ; serene glass bathrooms with "floating" washbasins and walk-in...MORE rainshowers; complimentary daily newspaper (if you want it) ; gratis bottled water and coffee/teamaker; daily coffee voucher for use at the hotel's Longitude 90 Bar; free Internet for members of the Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) program, which is free to join (and you must book your room online, with a best-rate guarantee) ; complimentary 24-hour access to the well-equipped fitness room; outdoor rooftop pool

    My room pick: a sunny Luxury Suite on floors 22 and 23. They flaunt wraparound views of either the Mississippi River or the downtown New Orleans skyline.

    Guest tip: book early for Mardi Gras! That's a rule. And reserve far ahead for other busy times in Nawlins too, like Jazz Fest.

    Another tip: don't rent a car. You'll be walking or taking streetcars and taxis and merely paying to garage the car.

    Next: you can't not like the dining at Le Méridien New Orleans

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  • 04 of 06

    Le Méridien New Orleans Hotel Dining & Drinking

    Le Meridien New Orleans has a good hotel restaurant, LMNO
    ••• LMNO Restaurant at L(e) M(eridien) N(ew) O(rleans). ©Marriott International

    Restaurants and Bars at Le Méridien New Orleans

    Le Méridien New Orleans is a friendly hotel with several spots designed for convivial lounging.

    The lobby café-bar, Le Méridien Hub, is a cozy spot to meet, socialize, or just relax and people-watch. It's a good place to gather your energy before hitting NOLA’s hot nightlife scene...or to revel in the free wifi and check emails or Facetime or Skype -- and still feel you're experiencing this great town...or to get one more taste of New Orleans before hurrying to Louis Armstrong Airport.

    LMNO is the hotel's popular restaurant, on the lobby floor, serving three meals a day. The cuisine is modern American, spotlighting Cajun and Creole classics. On the menu are items like BBQ Shrimp & Grits, bourbon-braised short ribs, local blue crab fettuccine, jalapeño-pepper Jack cornbread, and Bloody Mary deviled eggs. Cocktails are classic with a modern twist, like the Sparkling Sazerac, a bubbly take on New Orleans' cocktail icon.

    Breakf...MOREast is served at LMNO. I learned this right away: guests start their day with Marché's complimentary Eye Opener juice shot, which awakens you and your taste buds.

    The LMNO name is obvious (Le Meridien New Orleans. But these alphabetical letters also honors the not-so-long-ago era of printing, when authors and reporters used typewriters to tell their stories on paper. 

    The hotel's Longitude 90 bar is a go-to by day and by night. During work hours, it's a coffeehouse environment, where guests can sip on illy coffee concoctions made by a master barista and munch on house-baked éclairs. The bar's brief lunch menu is furnished by LMNO. After five, Longitude 90 becomes a wine bar for signature cocktails and wines by the glass or tasting flights.

    Room service at Le Méridien New Orleans is ready for you 24 hours. Let the good times roll!

    Next: fun stuff for guests at Le Méridien New Orleans 

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  • 05 of 06

    Fun Things for Guests to Do at Le Méridien New Orleans Hotel

    Le Méridien New Orleans hotel gym
    ••• Inviting fitness center at Le Méridien New Orleans. ©Marriott International

    Fitness, Pool, and Art at Le Méridien New Orleans

    You can work off those beignets in the hotel's state-of-the-art fitness center, It's free for guests and overlooking downtown NOLA. The gym offers cardiovascular machines (with integrated TV screens and Fast Track controls); strength training; free weights; stability balls, mats, and the like. The concierge can engage a trainer for you.

    The hotel offers a heated rooftop pool that's usable a good part of the year. It's smallish but fine for splashing and cooling off. Three private, shaded pool cabanas are equipped with couches, loungers, and TV. The no-fee loungers that surround the pool lack shade or umbrellas, so pile on the sunscreen and wear a big hat.

    Le Méridien Unlock Art Pass is a program that invites guests to experience New Orleans art. The Unlock pass provides complimentary guest entry to local arts institutions. Partners (subject to change) include the nearby Contemporary Arts Center as well as the New Orleans...MORE Museum of Art and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

    Next: how to connect with Le Méridien New Orleans

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  • 06 of 06

    Connect with Le Méridien New Orleans Hotel

    Le Meridien New Orleans hotel
    ••• Le Meridien New Orleans, in the middle of everything. ©Marriott International

    Connect with Le Méridien New Orleans

    Hotel website (with a Best Rate Guarantee); by phone 504.525.9444; by email; on Facebook (leMeridien). And check out the hotel's frugal deals and packages. Address: Le Méridien New Orleans333 Poydras St., New Orleans, LA 70130.

    As is common in the travel industry, the Guest Author was hosted by the hotel for the purpose of describing it, but her opinion was not influenced by the arrangement.