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Saints fans will have a new hotel to stay in next football season when the Hyatt Regency New Orleans reopens on October 19 after undergoing a $275 million redesign and restoration. The hotel was left inoperable by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 but last August, construction on the 32-story hotel began in earnest, seeking to not just repair but also to revitalize the convention center hotel.
Aside from doubling its meeting and exhibition space, the hotel has jazzed up its 1,193 hotel rooms (above), offering the new Respire by Hyatt hypoallergenic rooms along with floor to ceiling windows, plug panels, 42" flat-screens, natural stone baths and some intriguing "private half-walls" that separate the bedroom from the bathroom.
Rates for opening start at $239 for either a queen or a king bed. Um, that's a no-brainer. Book the king bed. A Respire by Hyatt room goes for $264 that night.
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As reigning Super Bowl champs, the New Orleans Saints didn't need extra help to defeat the Minnesota Vikings in the NFL season opener last night--but they had full support of the Superdome's closest hotel neighbor regardless.
Last night, as the sun went down, the Hyatt logo atop the Hyatt Regency New Orleans lit up for the first time since going dark after Hurricane Katrina.
In other situations, the lighting of a corporate logo may not be anything special, but we have to say that this one warmed our hearts.
There's some great news for the NOLA hotel scene today: The Hyatt Regency which was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, is going to get a massive redesign and is now set to reopen in Fall 2011. The AP reports:
According to Hyatt, all 1,193 rooms and 53 suites will be renovated. A redesign calls for 200,000 square feet of meeting and exhibition space, two restaurants, two bars and a coffee bar. An exact price for the renovation was not revealed, though Hyatt said it would be a multimillion dollar project.
This was and still will be the only Hyatt in New Orleans so you Gold Passport members will have a place to use/earn some points in NOLA. The hotel's location next to the Superdome will also make it a convenient option for those who come to watch The Saints play. We thinks the Hyatt might need to create a "Who Dat!" suite. Just sayin'.