Hotel Business Magazine, | The Newspaper For Lodging Decision Makers

Omni Royal Orleans Debuts $15M Reno

Wednesday April 17th, 2013 - 10:10AM

NEW ORLEANS—The Omni Royal Orleans recently completed a $15-million renovation, led by Tamara Sypult of San Francisco-based Interior Design Workshop (IDW).

The renovation of the 345-room hotel included guestrooms, 24 new wrought iron balconies and public spaces.

According to the company, the design team drew inspiration from the sites and scenes of New Orleans. The color palette includes ice blue, gold, chocolate brown and rust, influenced by the city’s sunsets and décor. Hotel walls feature artwork and photography from local artists highlighting Louisiana imagery. Commissioned furniture designs were based on pieces found throughout the New Orleans antique district.

The guestrooms and suites were enhanced with custom-designed furniture and flat screen TVs. 24 balconies were added, brining the number of balcony rooms up to 49. According to the company, the balconies pay homage to the area's distinct Colonial Spanish and French architectural styles. Custom carpeting by Shaw Contract Group features intricate 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. Windows are adorned with drapery pockets. Artwork includes a series of images snapped by local photographer Louis Sahuc.

Renovated public spaces throughout the hotel follow in the style of the guest accommodations. In the main entrance, warm color tones and larger lighting fixtures have been added. The lobby was further arrayed 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 Rib Room restaurant was revitalized with new furnishings and resurfacing of the original slate floor.