Virgin Hotels, the lifestyle hotel brand by Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson, opened the doors to Virgin Hotels New Orleans on Wednesday.
The hotel features multiple dining and drinking outlets, including the 13th-floor bar, Dreamboat, a cocktail lounge; The Pool Club, a rooftop pool, restaurant, and bar; Commons Club, the brand's flagship restaurant, bar, and lounge—plus various meeting and event spaces.
“Each of our hotels embraces the local flavor of the cities they are in, and Virgin Hotels New Orleans is certainly a fun one. The city's welcoming spirit, exciting entertainment, and incredible culinary scene are all things we are excited to bring to life through our hotel,” said Branson.
Ranging from 294 to 1,097-square feet in size, the hotel has 238 Chambers, Grand Chamber Suites, a Penthouse Suite, and Richard's Penthouse Flat with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking downtown New Orleans. The hotel’s design incorporates local art, historical detailing, and Art Deco-inspired elements.
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The Commons Club, located on the ground floor, is designed to feel like a members-only social club but open to all. Commons Club consists of three areas – The Bar, The Kitchen, featuring an indoor porch for dining, and The Shag Room, an intimate private space for small groups. The restaurant, bar, and lounge locally influenced food and drink showcasing contemporary Southern cuisine with Mediterranean influences. In addition, a schedule of curated music and entertainment experiences will launch.
The Pool Club, a tropical and lush intimate space, and Dreamboat, a cocktail lounge situated on the 13th floor featuring sophisticated design elements, including a double-sided fireplace. The rooftop pool and lounge will offer a view overlooking the New Orleans skyline where guests and locals can dine, drink, dance or lounge.
In addition, Virgin Hotels New Orleans is home to Funny Library Coffee Shop located on the hotel's first level.
The hotel joins Virgin Hotel's rapidly growing roster, including Virgin Hotels Chicago, Virgin Hotels Dallas, Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, and Virgin Hotels Nashville. In addition, the brand has broken ground on locations in New York, Edinburgh, and Glasgow, while a forthcoming hotel has been announced in Miami.
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