NEW ORLEANS -- New Orleans is already known for its jazz brunches,
but leave it to an imaginative chain like W Hotels to come up with
an interesting variation for the Big Easy: a fashion brunch.
The weekly Sunday brunch, which debuted in October at the W New
Orleans, takes place at Zoe Bistrot.
As diners relax in the plush seating, sip on cocktails and
choose from a variety of menu options, models swirl about,
providing a glimpse of the latest frocks from international and
Thanks to its own unique style, W New Orleans -- which opened in
early 2000 -- stands out for other reasons beyond its fashionable
Guests enter the sparse, trendy reception area via automatic
sliding curtains, greeted by music that leans toward youthful rock
or club beats.
Throughout the lobby, visitors find many opportunities to relax
in comfortable chairs and sofas and perhaps peruse one of the many
artsy coffee table books strewn about.
The lobby bar is known to serve excellent martinis, while
Whiskey Blue, located just off the lobby, is a happening place for
The hotel shows an admirable attention to detail, right down to
the lobby carpet outside the elevators, which reads "good
afternoon" during the day and "good evening" at night.
The comfortable guest rooms, rendered in dramatic tones of
black, white and red, feature a CD player and a 27-inch color TV
equipped with Internet access that enables guests to set up their
own e-mail address while staying at the hotel.
There is also high-speed dataport connectivity, and each room
has two phones -- one with a dataport and speakerphone, and the
other a cordless, dual-line phone.
The rooms also have a desk, a coffeemaker, bathrobes, Aveda bath
products, a chaise lounge and a bed with 250-thread-count linens
and goose-down comforters and pillows.
In addition to the more predictable items for sale, the minibar
has voodoo dolls.
The W New Orleans, which is across the street from Harrah's
Casino in the central business district, is designed to cater to
leisure and corporate travelers as well as the meetings market.
Located within walking distance of the convention center and the
French Quarter, the W has 10 meetings and banquet rooms with a
total of 10,000 square feet of meetings space.
The W New Orleans also has a little sister, the W New Orleans
French Quarter, located on the site of the former Hotel de la
Poste, on Chartres Street.