Overall, we think this is a great modern spin on the massive atrium-style hotel of the '70s and '80s. The lobby and escalators that take you up past the bars and restaurant before you reach the guest room elevator banks certainly make you feel like you're in a big hotel, but not one as confusing or as maze-like as a Vegas casino.
The clear-glass elevators overlooking 8 Block restaurant make a simple morning coffee run feel like a theme park ride—fun unless you're queasy about heights. Meanwhile, the views of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome (yes, that's its new name) are mesmerizing no matter how many times you see them.
Rooms are comfortable and all-new, with great tech touches that will keep you busy and entertained if for some reason you're not drawn by all the action of the French Quarter, just a 10-minute walk away.
Rooms are available this weekend from $199 a night, for a queen, king or room with two queen beds.
[Disclaimer: MsRebecca stayed as a guest of the Hyatt Regency, while on assignment for an Australian publication, but all opinions are her own.]