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Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants has announced that the Kimpton Hotel Fontenot, a 202-room boutique hotel located in the heart of New Orleans’ central business district, will open in May. The opening marks the brand’s return after a 16-year absence from the Crescent City.

Inspired by iconic Creole fiddle player Canray Fontenot, Kimpton Hotel Fontenot pays homage to New Orleans’ rich history and musical legacy. Designed by MARKZEFF, the hotel features artful, bold, and sophisticated interiors throughout its public areas, guestrooms, and suites, along with signature chef-led food and beverage concepts, including a corner cafe and restaurant and bar.

The hotel’s living room lobby features custom art, including a butterfly installation by Paul Villinski located behind the front desk, hand-painted violins by Austrian artist Georg Bauss, and an art installation composed of trumpet and trombone mutes as an homage to King Oliver and Louis Armstrong adorning the wall. The lobby’s white paneled walls and wide plank white oak wood floors with black detail accents deliver a sophisticated urban lounge vibe that feels comfortable, lived in, and in keeping with the neighborhood and culture of New Orleans.

Photo: Cris Molina for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

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