The 30-year-old Hilton New Orleans Riverside Receiving
in Ongoing Improvements Designed to Complement
the City’s Renaissance
New Orleans — June 4, 2007 – The Hilton New Orleans Riverside, which
has been a prominent fixture of the city’s downtown since 1977, has received
over $66 million for a series of ongoing improvements designed to complement
the city’s renaissance and revitalize the 30-year-old Southeastern flagship
of Hilton Hotels Corporation. The renovations will continue through the
end of 2008.
The Hilton New Orleans Riverside completed $40 million in improvements
earlier this year, including the redesign of the front desk, a convenient
guest services area with express check-in kiosks, an expanded business
center, and refreshed meeting space throughout the hotel. Recent
renovations also include upgrades to the "Health Club by Hilton" and the
addition of a local dining institution, the 360-seat Drago's Seafood Restaurant.
“We are proud and excited about the continued upgrades to our hotel.
These significant renovations show the commitment the Hilton Hotels Corporation
has in the future of the city of New Orleans,” said General Manager Fred
Future projects include:
Riverside Building Guestrooms - Construction on these 455 rooms and 7 suites
is scheduled to begin April 2008 and finish by year-end. All rooms will
be completely renovated, with new wall and floor finishes, 32” LCD flat
screen televisions, desks that include a roll-out table for room service,
oversized lounge chairs, new lamps, bedding, drapery and local artwork.
All bathrooms will be updated with new floor and wall tile, new tubs or
shower stalls, new granite counters with wooden vanity apron, new fixtures,
new lighting and framed mirror. The Riverside guestroom corridors will
receive new carpet, wall vinyl and lighting.
First Floor Bar & Le Croissant Restaurant – Our first floor bar will
be redesigned this year with a larger footprint, expanded seating options,
and a grand illuminated bar. The centerpiece of this new concept
will be a massive “floating” mural surrounding the entire area, created
by a New Orleans artist. Le Croissant, the hotel’s casual dining
restaurant, will also be redesigned with new furniture, lighting and carpet,
as well as a new stylistic buffet to feature the Hilton Breakfast.
Main Building Guestrooms – This year all rooms will receive new Serenity
Bed mattresses and box springs, as well as designer bed skirts, decorative
top sheets and bed linen to create the ultimate in sleeping comfort.
River Blends Café – By fall 2007, this updated new venue on the
second floor will function as a “Proudly Serves Starbucks” coffee bar by
day and cocktail lounge at night, overlooking the hotel atrium.
In the "center of it all," the Hilton New Orleans Riverside hotel is set
immediately on the banks of the Mississippi River with easy access to everything
New Orleans has to offer. This full service luxury complex is actually
a "city within itself." Hilton Hotels & Resorts is the full-service,
flagship brand for Hilton Hotels Corporation, recognized internationally
as a preeminent hospitality company.
Riverside Building – New lobby carpet is being installed on the first and
second floors, and by summer 2007 almost all meetings rooms will have new
carpet and wall vinyl.