NEW ORLEANS, La.—The Omni Royal Orleans debuted a new look at its New Orleans address with a $15 million renovation. The project, led by Tamara Sypult of Interior Design Workshop (IDW) in San Francisco, welcomed modernized guestrooms, 24 new wrought iron balconies, and reinvigorated public spaces.
“We’re excited to welcome new and returning guests to experience the transformed Omni Royal Orleans” said General Manager Jon Hunter. “Visitors will be pleased to see the hotel has stayed true to its classic history and style while introducing comforts and luxuries familiar to the modern traveler.”
The hotel’s color scheme of blue, gold, chocolate brown, and rust were influenced by the surrounding city’s celebrated sunsets and décor. To complement these colors, hotel walls feature artwork and photography from local artists, all highlighting Louisiana imagery. Commissioned furniture designs were based on pieces found throughout the New Orleans antique district.
Newly renovated guestrooms and suites are enhanced with custom-designed furniture and upgraded technologies including flat-screen TVs. The renovation also added 24 balconies to guestrooms and suites, bringing the grand total number of balcony rooms throughout the hotel to 49. The balconies, a signature feature found on buildings throughout the French Quarter, pays homage to the area’s distinct Colonial Spanish and French architectural styles. Custom carpeting by Shaw Contract Group features designs that mimic the ornamental lace ironwork of the balconies found throughout the city, while drapery fabric was fashioned after a reduced-scale pattern of the same ironwork design. New artwork in guestrooms as well as in the corridors was inspired by local imagery and includes a series of images snapped by local photographer Louis Sahuc.
Renovated public spaces throughout the Omni Royal Orleans follow in the style of the guest accommodations, with colors, patterns, and furnishings inspired by the hotel’s history and the surrounding city. The main entrance and staircase have maintained its architecture, while warm color tones and larger lighting fixtures have been added to round out the space. The lobby was also updated with custom furniture and fixtures, such as lighting scones based on antiques from French Quarter residences. Tai Ping of Axminister created carpeting in corridors and public spaces from historical fabrics. The meeting rooms were also refreshed with new furniture, carpeting, and window treatments. The signature Rib Room restaurant was also revitalized with new furnishings and resurfacing of the original slate floor.