The Pelham Hotel in New Orleans Debuts Full Interior Renovation

USA, New Orleans, Louisiana. June 13, 2022

The 65-room Pelham Hotel, located in the heart of downtown New Orleans, announces the completion of an extensive interior renovation, including a redesign of the lobby, guest rooms and bathrooms, guest corridor and more. The renovation comes as a result of new ownership by AMS Hospitality, the hospitality division of Southeast-focused real estate development firm, Allen Morris Company, and Black Salmon, the Miami-based national real estate investment and development firm. The hotel is managed by HRI Lodging, LLC and with design led by Suomi Design Works.

"This renovation will provide guests with an elevated yet distinctly New Orleans experience," said Allison Barnette, General Manager. "Inspired by the property's origins, we sought to preserve the hotel's unique character while transforming spaces with the modern-day traveler in mind. From the moment they arrive, guests will be immersed in the rich history of the city while receiving the world-class hospitality that The Pelham is known for."

DESIGN

Originally built in the 1800s, the Pelham's design infuses the building's European influence while drawing inspiration from the theatrical flair of city's vibrant Golden Age of Theater and classic New Orleans' Manor homes. The hotel's furnishings, plasterwork, oversized mirrors, and artwork are complemented by leather and natural woods retaining an artisan-made appearance.

The Pelham Hotel features original pieces of art by celebrated local artist, Page Goss, as well as a collaborative curated collection of art by Page Goss and designer Vanessa Watts, of Watts & Gray. Representing the rich history of the Big Easy, Goss' and Watts' custom curations vary in techniques including salvaging art pieces and then reconstructing and reinterpreting pieces with the addition of strategically placed, signature fluorescent paint dripping down the canvases. Goss' original works hang in the second-, third-, and fourth-floor guestroom lobbies.

STAY

Evoking the city's history of lavish parties and over-the-top events, the redesigned guest rooms contain oversized decorative mirrors and vintage accents like Victrola radios, and a color palette composed of jewel tones mixed with high-contrast colors such as orange and green. Tailored to the needs of travelers who prefer a balance of amusement and respite during their overnight stay or grand tour of the city, the rooms feature soaring 18-foot ceilings, original exposed brick and luminous 10-foot-tall windows that provide the perfect view of the bustling streets. The bathrooms are playful, with houndstooth wallpaper and custom shower curtains displaying people and icons of New Orleans such as revelers and masqueraded couples in punches of color. Each guest bathroom has marble floors, granite vanity tops and Grown Alchemist bath amenities to complete the experience.

LOUNGE

Previously made up of several small spaces, the hotel lobby has been transformed into a dramatic and welcoming lounge with gilded shelves filled with hand-selected craft liquors, wines and treats reminiscent of the refined-and-eclectic tastes of a savvy world-traveler's personal bar. A nod to luxury concession centers found within historic and grand theatres, green canopies accented by playful signage top the front desk space inside the lobby. Featuring built-in ship lamps, along with black-and-white graphic trim, the bar seating provides a highly chromatic flair while the oversized windows showcase views in and out, flanked with bold, grand pendants that reveal the winding desk and its long banquet. The high-contrast soffits and wainscoting create a strong sense of place, while intimate group seating accented by a curated art collection encourages guests to linger the evening away.

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