New Orleans, LA
The design was inspired by Louisiana architecture, landscape and culture. The scheme employs a rich mix of pattern, texture and color which is less American in style— apropos for the city known as The Paris of the New World.
Part of the strategy behind the facilities enhancements comes out of the research, showing that women will make up some 50% of business travelers. The designers were influenced by this trend in the design and facilities of the hotel including lighting, amenities, furnishings and décor. More gadgets accommodate the personal needs of each guest, while additional features create convenience and flexibility. The desk is oversized for the business traveler with a state-of-the-art phone message center, multiple data ports and electrical outlets, two phone lines, and three phones per room.
The antique-inspired furnishings and finishes are custom designed emulating turn-of-the-century Carver Victorian furniture, a cultural element sought after by collectors. All the furniture is custom designed for the Inter-Continental, but mimics period pieces. The antique-reproduction English tea table next to the lounge chair perfectly accommodates the room service tray within its wood lip to prevent any slips or spills. The wrought iron bench was inspired by European entrance gates and doubles as a luggage stand. The hall table with petticoat mirror replicates a piece typical of a plantation home foyer. The bathroom vanity is patterned after French Chateau furnishings modified to include a sink. The closet door offers a full-length mirror, and an etched glass door divides the bath from the vanity, which has a separate coffee bar, freeing up counter space.