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Hotel Modern to replace Le Cirque at Lee Circle

October 4, 2011

Hotel Modern to replace Le Cirque at Lee Circle

by Maria Clark, New Media Specialist

October 4th, 2011 · No Comments · Blog

The Hotel Modern New Orleans will open in mid-November at the location of the former Le Cirque Hotel on Lee Circle.

Hotelier Klaus Ortlieb, the managing partner of New York City’s Cooper Square Hotel and The Gotham Hotel, wanted to open a lifestyle hotel in New Orleans that would combine efficiency with comfort. Without a check-in desk, guests are greeted instead with a complimentary drink and then escorted to their rooms.

The hotel is about 95,000 square feet with 135 guest rooms and suites. It will feature a restaurant and lounge with a menu of original cocktails created by the owners of Cure on Freret Street.

New Orleans chef Dominique Macquet, the owner of Dominique’s on Magazine Street, will open Tamarind at The Hotel Modern New Orleans, which will serve Vietnamese cuisine from the time period Vietnam was colonized by the French.

The hotel remained open during the renovations, which began in early August. The renovations are mainly aesthetic, including an upgrade of all the interior furniture in the lobby and guest rooms. The exterior of the hotel was painted grey with a black awning and will be lit up with orange lights instead of the pink and purple hues that lit up Le Cirque.

This is Ortlieb’s first venture in New Orleans.

“Not everyone wants to stay overnight in the French Quarter. This hotel is in an up and coming area that is culturally rich with all the galleries,” Ortlieb said.