by Lisa A. Grimaldi | July 01, 2015
Local Update

The 188-room Aloft New Orleans Downtown has opened with 2,500 square feet of meeting space, free Wi-Fi, a bar, a fitness center and an outdoor pool.

A 350-room Four Seasons hotel will be built in the Crescent City's vacant World Trade Center building. The property, which also will include 76 condos, is slated to open in 2017. Plans include an interactive cultural attraction called "New Orleans: History at the Confluence of Cultures," an observation deck on the 31st and 33rd floors, a ballroom, meeting rooms and a restaurant.

The 410-room Le Méridien New Orleans has opened, following a $29 million transformation; the hotel formerly was the W New Orleans. Included in the upgrades was the addition of 1,600 square feet of meeting space, giving the hotel a total of 20,000 square feet. Three new restaurants have opened, including LMNO, the property's signature eatery.

Marriott's new brand, AC by Marriott, debuted last December with the opening of the 220-room AC Hotel New Orleans Bourbon/French Quarter Area. The hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi, 2,200 square feet of meeting space and a fitness center.  

The Wyndham Riverfront New Orleans, which recently was acquired by Omni Hotels & Resorts, is now the Omni Riverfront Hotel. The 202-room property has undergone a six-month, $8 million transformation, including upgrades to its nearly 4,000 square feet of function space.

 The National WWII Museum is in the midst of a $325 million capital-expansion project that will quadruple its size by adding space to increase its exhibits, collections, library and archives.