The 1,193-room hotel boasts more than 200,000 square feet of state-of-the-art event and meetings space.
Hyatt Regency means business with $275M redevelopment
By Kenneth Kiesnoski
The Big Easy regains the last and perhaps one of the most important pieces of its post-Katrina accom- modations puzzle Oct. 19 with the reopening of the Hyatt Regency
New owner Poydras Properties Hotel Holdings has invested $275 million on redevelopment and what General Manager Michael
Smith called “repositioning” as the city’s premier meetings and conventions venue.
Meanwhile, Executive Chef Eric Damidot,
formerly with Caesars Palace in Las Vegas,
has created custom menus for both 8 Block
Kitchen & Bar and Vitascope Hall, which will
also feature a raw bar and sushi bar.
Other highlights of the new Hyatt Re-
gency include a Regency Club for guests
staying in premium accommodations; the
32nd-floor, 24-hour StayFit fitness center,
staffed with a “fitness concierge”; and an
in-room YogaAway Program that enables
guests to order complete yoga workouts
from their entertainment units.
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“The hotel could have been reopened
for a mere $65 million,” he said. “Howev-
er, after conducting three comprehensive
studies, we decided that additional money
should be invested into the project in order
to ensure the hotel is a true success in its
second life cycle.”
The 1,193-room hotel — located in the
central business, sports and entertain-
ment district and mere blocks from a new
medical district now under development
near Loyola Avenue — boasts more than
200,000 square feet of state-of-the-art
event and meetings space.
“Our base customer will be the group
business traveler,” Smith said. “However,
with our prime location … and all the spe-
cial amenities we have to offer, including
our 25,000-square-foot pool deck, we will
definitely play host to a number of leisure
visitors, as well.”
Accommodations include 95 suites, in-
cluding five so-called “meeting planner
suites” and four presidential suites.
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“We designed our rooms with our guests
in mind,” Smith said of the “strikingly sophisticated, modern” guest units. All guestrooms offer cutting-edge technology, such as
Roomlinx, which “provides guests’ individual
booking information directly on their TV.”
According to Smith, the property will offer more food and beverage options than
the other hotels in the area. Offerings will
include 8 Block Kitchen & Bar, a 360-seat,
full-service restaurant; Vitascope Hall, a
210-seat “media/action bar” with private
and semiprivate lounges; a 70-seat atrium
bar; a 60-seat Starbucks; and a 300-seat specialty restaurant to be headed by a soon-to-be-announced celebrity chef.
JUNE 27, 2011