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THIS ESTABLISHMENT HAS BECOME LE MERIDIEN NEW ORLEANS W New Orleans Hotel Review: This hotel is giddy with ironic design twists, from the waiting bed in the lobby to the mega-size chairs in the sarcastically stocked library --- as if any of the jet setters who check in here would have the time (or inclination) to enjoy the stacks of board games, let alone lounge in the tranquil bamboo garden. Each of the 423 rooms boasts minimalist design and the famously comfortable W beds, custom-made with fluffy down. While the cool factor is at a maximum, elbow room is at a minimum. Rooms, however, do have data ports and other high-tech gadgets. The fourth-floor outdoor pool shares space with a fitness center and laptop-equipped cabanas. The modern attitude continues in Zoe restaurant and goes into overdrive in the bar, Whiskey Blue. There are also 24-hour concierge services and room service.