Pelham Hotel in the Big Easy completes extensive interior renovation

The Pelham Hotel in New Orleans has completed an extensive interior renovation of its guestrooms, bathrooms, and lobby.
The Pelham Hotel in New Orleans has completed an extensive interior renovation of its guestrooms, bathrooms, and lobby.

NEW ORLEANS, La.  — The 65-room Pelham Hotel, located in downtown New Orleans, has completed 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, a 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.”

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

Previously made up of several small spaces, the hotel lobby has been transformed with gilded shelves filled with craft liquors, wines, and treats, while green canopies accented by playful signage top the front desk space inside the lobby.

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

The redesigned guest rooms contain oversized decorative mirrors and vintage accents like Victrola radios, as well as soaring 18-foot ceilings, original exposed brick, and luminous 10-foot-tall windows that provide the perfect view of the bustling streets. The bathrooms feature houndstooth wallpaper and custom shower curtains displaying people and icons of New Orleans such as revelers and masqueraded couples. Each guest bathroom has marble floors, granite vanity tops, and Grown Alchemist bath amenities.

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