This blog post was updated on October 15, 2018.
The Hyatt Regency New Orleans, which was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, is set to re-open for the first time since the storm on September 19 of this year.
The battered hotel quickly became a symbol of the widespread damage caused by the storm in the days following its landfall.
The downtown hotel’s re-opening will come at the end of a $275 million overhaul that will leave it with 1,193 guestrooms, 200,000 square feet of meeting space, and a 300-seat specialty restaurant.
The re-opening will mark a symbolic moment in New Orleans’ continuing road to recovery.