You may have noticed a flurry of work over the past several months at the Hilton Shreveport at 104 Market, adjacent to the Shreveport Convention Center. Crews from Benson and Falgout Waterproofing have been on scaffolding and in something called bosun chairs (see a video, here) to waterproof the building while high in the sky, not a job for the faint of heart or those of us afraid of heights.
There has also been work on the front drive, which is undergoing a major overhaul. A patio/deck is being added onto the entryway to the River & Rye Restaurant and fresh landscaping and new ambient lighting is being added to illuminates the newly painted exterior.
We are thrilled that Hilton and the City of Shreveport, owner of the hotel, continue to make the investment to keep it the premier business class hotel in the region. Without that ongoing investment, hotel properties quickly become places that you do not want to stay. Shreveport Hilton General Manager Marianne Nelson echoes that sentiment, saying she is excited about the franchise renovation and the new, fresh and updated look.
Equal to the work happening outside are the changes planned inside. The ‘main’ space that everyone coming into the hotel sees- the expansive lobby- is undergoing a complete renovation. Everything from the look to the furniture to materials and color palette will be upgraded as will the 1st floor meeting rooms and the 1st floor restrooms.
One thing you won’t see but is equally important is the new ‘sound.’ Large areas with lots of hard surfaces to bounce off of tend to get noisy, so acoustical enhancements to the lobby, bar area and restaurant are being added. While the common areas are the most viewed and get the most traffic, people come to hotels to stay in the rooms, and Hilton is upgrading them, too.
Some of the most eye popping and colorful changes will be coming on the fitness and pool deck floors. One thing that visitors will notice immediately upon walking into the pool area is the new Ka’Davien Baylor mural.
The mural pays homage to all things Shreveport from the city’s musical heritage to the Bakowski Bridge of Lights to a borrowed architectural feature from the historic Municipal Auditorium.
The pool deck will also sport new furniture and water elements and a pergola and fire pits for a resort feel. The nearby fitness center will be upgraded with all new equipment including Peloton bikes, and a new multifunction room with a retractable wall that opens onto the pool area is being added. This option will give the user the best of two worlds- inside and out!
GM Nelson says the work is planned to be finished the end of March/early April, and we can’t wait to see it in person!