About Hyatt Regency New Orleans
Hyatt Regency New Orleans, located at 500 Poydras Plaza in the Central Business District of New Orleans, Louisiana, is a 31-story, 1,184-room hotel. It is 361-foot (110 m)-tall. It is part of a complex of buildings connected to each other, which also includes the Louisiana Superdome, the New Orleans Center mall (as of September 2009, closed since Hurricane Katrina), and the Benson Tower. The structure received heavy damage during Hurricane Katrina in August 2005 and has been shuttered ever since. The hotel owners, Chicago-based Strategic Hotels and Resorts Inc., along with other investors announced in early 2006 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. On February 20, 2009, an article by the Times-Picayune stated that the State Bond Commission approved $225 million in special low-cost bonds to help renovate the Hyatt Regency. Commission files indicate that developers would like to start construction this spring and then open the hotel in March 2011.