Hyatt Regency New Orleans
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|Hyatt Regency New Orleans|
Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 2013
|Location||601 Loyola Ave|
New Orleans, LA
|Roof||361 feet (110 m)|
Hyatt Regency New Orleans, located at 601 Loyola Ave in the Central Business District of New Orleans, Louisiana, is a 32-story, 361-foot (110 m)-tall hotel. It has 1,193 guest rooms, including 95 suites. It is part of a complex of connected buildings, which includes the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 1250 Poydras Plaza, Entergy Tower, and the Benson Tower. Originally opened in 1976, it was designed by Welton Becket and Associates.
Hurricane Katrina damage
The structure received heavy damage during Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005 and remained closed for six years afterwards. The previous hotel owners, Chicago-based Strategic Hotels and Resorts Inc., along with other investors announced in early 2006 a plan to redevelop the area around the Superdome (including the adjacent hotel) into a performance art park called the "National Jazz Center". The plan, designed in concept by Pritzker Award-winning architect Thom Mayne, was later abandoned.
Poydras Properties Hotel Holdings acquired the Hyatt from Strategic Hotels & Resorts Inc. for $32 million in 2007.
On February 20, 2009, the State Bond Commission approved $225 million in special low-cost bonds to help renovate the Hyatt Regency.
Hyatt issued a statement in August 2010 announcing a redevelopment effort carrying a price tag of $275 million. The redesign of the 32-story building, just next door to the Louisiana Superdome, called for 200,000 square feet (19,000 m2) of meeting and exhibition space, two restaurants, two bars, and a coffee bar. The hotel reopened on October 19, 2011.
The hotel’s reopening in October 2011 revealed several major changes to its interior, and strategic technological additions.
The storm-battered area around the newly rebranded Mercedes-Benz Superdome experienced major construction, renovation, and overall economic changes following the 2005 Hurricane Katrina, which continued to be supported by the rebuilt Hyatt Regency. The Central Business District’s post-disaster development has yielded both Champions Square, the sports district, and the currently under-construction Biotech District. The Hyatt will anchor these new developments by providing nearly 2,000 guest rooms and 200,000 square feet (19,000 m2) of convention space for visitors. The entrance to the Hyatt Regency also faces the newly constructed Loyola Streetcar line, which provides access to the French Quarter and rest of the Central Business District (CBD).
The property’s renovation created possibilities for expansion, which materialized in the form of an exhibit hall constructed by re-purposing the hotel’s old port-cochere, or motor lobby.
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