Virgin Hotels New Orleans opens in Warehouse District, with multiple drinking, dining outlets

This summer marks a hot time for high-profile hotel openings in New Orleans. Just after the Four Seasons New Orleans officially opened on Canal Street, Virgin Hotels New Orleans opens its doors in the Warehouse District.

The new hotel, which was originally scheduled for a Labor Day weekend launch, opened two weeks earlier than previously announced on the corner of Baronne and Lafayette streets.

Virgin Hotels New Orleans opens its doors in the Warehouse District. Source: Virgin Hotels New Orleans

Virgin Hotels New Orleans features New Orleans-inspired design elements that play into the Warehouse District’s artsy vibe. The property also boasts multiple dining and drinking outlets, including a rooftop pool and lounge on the 13th floor and Commons Club, the brand’s flagship restaurant, bar and lounge.

Commons Club anchors the hotel’s main entrance on the ground floor. Dubbed the hotel’s “social epicenter,” the spot for cocktails and dining is designed to feel like “a members-only social club.”

Along with the main bar area, the space consists of an indoor porch dining area called The Kitchen and an intimate space called The Shag Room with an Austin Powers-esque vibe.

Virgin Hotels New Orleans opens its doors in the Warehouse District. Source: Virgin Hotels New Orleans

Executive chef Alex Harrell heads the food and beverage program at Commons Club, who previously led kitchens at Elysian Bar and Angeline. For the menu at Commons Club, Harrell showcases contemporary Southern seasonal cuisine with Mediterranean influences.

Virgin Hotels New Orleans opens its doors in the Warehouse District. Source: Virgin Hotels New Orleans

Diners can expect “imaginative dishes,” ranging from small plates to large plates, including grilled Gulf oysters; Bluefin Tuna Crudo with green tomatoes and tomato water; and Sourdough Cavatelli with pesto Calabrese and charred eggplant. The menu also features sharable options for the table including a 24-ounce ribeye and whole grilled chicken.

Source: Virgin Hotels New Orleans

The Bar at Commons Club will also feature an ongoing entertainment schedule with local and national music acts, game day programming, themed brunches and other entertainment experiences, a release said.

Virgin Hotels New Orleans opens its doors in the Warehouse District. Source: Virgin Hotels New Orleans

Harrell also oversees The Pool Club, a tropical and lush intimate space, and Dreamboat, a cocktail lounge situated on the 13th floor featuring sophisticated design elements, including a double-sided fireplace evoking a moody and comfortable experience. The rooftop pool and lounge will offer a haven overlooking the New Orleans skyline where guests and locals can dine, drink, dance or lounge.

Bar offerings will feature “artfully-curated” cocktails such as the Dragon Smoke, made with Montelobos Mezcal Joven, Conzano 1757 Rosso, rosemary-infused Campari, orange bitters and a flamed orange swath.

Commons Club Dragon Smoke cocktail. Source: Virgin Hotels New Orleans

Another amenity at the hotel includes the Funny Library Coffee Shop located on the hotel’s first level. The coffee shop is a communal workspace with an assortment of games and whimsical and funny books curated from local book shops.

The hotel also features a fitness center on the third floor, open 24 hours a day, and 5,000-square feet of flexible meeting and event space.

For guests planning a stay, the hotel features 238 “Chambers,” or Virgin Hotel-speak for guest rooms, including Grand Chamber Suites and two penthouses ranging from 294 to 1,097-square feet in size.

“Each of our hotels embrace the local flavor of the cities they are in, and Virgin Hotels New Orleans is certainly a fun one. The city’s welcoming spirit, exciting entertainment, and incredible culinary scene are all things we are excited to bring to life through our hotel. We look forward to becoming a gathering place for the entire community and a destination for both locals and visitors alike,” Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, said in a statement.

The opening of Virgin Hotels New Orleans marks the latest property from the lifestyle hospitality brand, joining its rapidly expanding roster, including Virgin Hotels Chicago, Virgin Hotels Dallas, Virgin Hotels Nashville and Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. A forthcoming hotel has been announced in Miami.

Reservations are currently being accepted and can be made directly on the hotel’s website.

See also: Four Seasons New Orleans opens with new restaurant, Chandelier Bar on Canal Street


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