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January 15, 2019

Supplier News: New NYC Rooftop, New Orleans Reno

A new rooftop venue and a big renovation lead this week's supplier news in the meetings and events industry.

New Rooftop Bar at the citizenM Bowery

citizenM has announced the opening of its new rooftop bar and lounge, cloudM.

Spanning the entire 21st floor of the citizenM New York Bowery hotel in Lower Manhattan, cloudM, which is bookable for private events, has an expansive outdoor terrace and indoor deck with 360-degree views of New York from the tallest building on the Bowery.

The menu at cloudM includes select spirits, beers, wines and mocktails. An extensive cocktail list specially curated for the Bowery property includes drinks like the Firefighter Skateboarder, with makrut leaf-infused Bombay Sapphire, Buddha’s Hands Limoncello, lemongrass,  lime, laos, coconut cream, egg white and centella asiatica soda, and Accountant Kite Surfer, with Bacardi Superior, Patron Reposado, pisco, watermelon wine, orgeat, mandarin and ginger beer. Light bites – playful comfort foods with an element of surprise – are also served at the bar.

Each month, cloudM will host a variety of events, including Music Mondays with performances from different local artists, Creative Wednesdays with inspirational talks and workshops, and Tasting Thursdays, where different Lower East Side chefs will prepare small bites for bar guests. 

Designed by Amsterdam-based firm concrete, a long-time partner of citizenM, the bar features floor-to-ceiling windows, oversized chandeliers, and colorful Vitra chairs and couches. Above the bar area is a a dramatic rendering of the view, painted by Jonathan ‘Meres One’ Cohen – the New York-based lead artist of 5 Pointz creates – featuring a dynamic display of his well-known wild tags and layering technique.

When exiting cloudM, the guests can take the elevators, or walk down the Museum of Street Art (MoSA) spanning the full height of the 20-floor stairwell. MoSA features graffiti art specifically designed for citizenM by 5 Pointz creates, paying homage to the collective’s roots, and their love for the Lower East Side. MoSA is already a must-see local attraction, and a thrillingly unique photo-op. Entry is free of charge.

cloudM will remain open throughout the year, and is accessible to both hotel guests and the general public. Hours are Sunday - Thursday, 4.00 PM - 12.00 AM, and Friday - Saturday from 4.00 PM - 2.00 AM.

Hilton Garden Inn New Orleans Convention Center Completes Renovation

Hilton Garden Inn New Orleans Convention Center has completed a significant renovation of its 286-room hotel located at 1001 S. Peters St. The hotel has been completely transformed, from its guest rooms and suites to its public spaces. The property is owned by RLJ Lodging Trust and managed by Interstate Hotels & Resorts.

Wrought iron, exposed brick, and reclaimed wood aim to hint at the French and Spanish influences on the city, while cheerful blues and pops of orange announce its contemporary rebirth. Located one block from the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in the Arts and Warehouse District, the hotel is designed to meet both business and leisure travel needs.  

As part of the renovation, the guest experience was enhanced via:

- Reimagined dining: The Garden Grille & Bar was opened up to connect with the lobby, creating a friendly, communal space with plenty of seats around three large new TVs. The Garden offers a full cooked-to-order breakfast buffet and a selection of craft cocktails* and shareable plates at the bar to complement local menu favorites.
- Enriched recreation: The rooftop pool (one of downtown’s very few) received a facelift, and significant upgrades were made to the fitness center including all new equipment and flooring. New furniture and landscaping complete the hotel’s courtyard - a New Orleans staple.
- Updated guest room experience: Guestrooms and suites were made-over with new furniture, an updated color palette, and local art to complement views of the Port of New Orleans or the city skyline. Each guestroom boasts the brand’s signature bedding featuring fresh, white duvets and crisp linens and an in-room "hospitality center" with a mini fridge, microwave oven, and Keurig® coffee maker. Improvements were made to the hotel’s WiFi, better enabling Hilton Honors members to use the mobile app to check-in, choose rooms, and access their room using a Digital Key.
- Rejuvenated event space: All 5,000+ square feet of function space was updated with French Quarter-inspired chandeliers and art; new carpet; and modern banquet furniture and equipment. The Garden Ballroom, which can host 200 guests, is an excellent choice for weddings or conferences. There are several break-out rooms and boardrooms to round out the meeting space. 

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