The extensive damage at the Hyatt Regency caused by Katrina
 

The Hyatt Regency in downtown New Orleans plans to re-open for the first time since Hurricane Katrina following the completion of a $275 million overhaul.

 

The hotel, with its battered exterior and shattered windows, became a symbol of the widespread destruction caused by the massive storm in 2005.

 

Officials say that the renovated hotel will offer 1,193 guestrooms, 200,000 square feet of meeting space, and a 300-seat specialty restaurant.

 

The grand re-opening is scheduled to take place on September 19, 2011 and will mark a symbolic moment in New Orleans continuing road to recovery.

 

Source: Businessweek

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