A Tour of the Hyatt Regency New Orleans

I was in New Orleans this past weekend to watch the match between the Saints and the Bengals at the Mercedes Benz Superdome and was able to take a quick property tour of the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, Central Business District, Louisiana, New Orleans, United States before the game kickoff.

IMG_0082Closed for six years after Hurricane Katrina rocked downtown New Orleans, the hotel that once served as the disaster recovery headquarters has undergone extensive renovations and is proof that the city is back in business.

IMG_0094No longer connected to the Superdome, the Hyatt Regency New Orleans remains about as close to the game as it gets.

IMG_0104When you aren’t focused on getting to the game, consider a ride on the street car ($1.25/ride or $3.00/day) located across from the main lobby and the Richard and Annette Bloch Cancer Survivors Plaza on Loyola Avenue.

IMG_0099Supporting the local artist community in the pieces on display throughout the building, make sure to look for the works of Willie Young, a self-taught artist from Dallas as well as pieces listed on the P.3 contemporary art biennial. As you travel up the grand escalators, hurricane lanterns take you on a symbolic journey to the third floor.

IMG_0109Available to hotel guests only is the heated saltwater swimming pool located on the 5th floor rooftop deck. It’s here you may notice some of the hotel’s original rooms typically used to accommodate larger groups (these rooms include a balcony overlooking the entire Bywater Pool Deck and Bar).

IMG_0111Regency Club members will enjoy access to the top-level lounge (for breakfast and evening snacks as well as a comfortable conference room). Also on this level is the Stay Fit athletic club with a breathtaking birds-eye vantage point of downtown New Orleans, the Mississippi River, and the black-and-gold mass gathering outside the Superdome.

IMG_0087Inspired by the world’s first commercial movie theater, Vitascope Hall embraces the philosophy of ‘old made new’ in classic cocktails infused with current trends. Vitascope mixologists use homemade syrups and fresh-squeezed juices in artisan drinks like the Autumn Roux, Street Car Named Loyola, and Jitterbug Perfume.

IMG_0098While you can place an order with the sushi chef, I opted for a classic pulled-pork BBQ sandwich dressed with slaw and accompanied by a tin cup full of sweet potato fries. During the meal, I enjoyed watching the sports channel broadcast on big-screen TVs and monitors throughout the dining room.

IMG_0084And while I did not stay at the property and cannot speak to the comfort of the beds or the fluffiness of the pillows, I do feel confident in suggesting the lodging experience is on par with the rest of the amenities and accommodations.

IMG_0119Geaux Saints!

About the Author

Julie Henning
Julie Henning is a freelance writer and journalist based out of Eugene, Oregon. She is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and owner of the family-travel website RoadTripsForFamilies.com. She is a recent past member of the Midwest Travel Writers Association and the Association for Great Lakes Outdoor Writers. Julie is the Oregon Coast destination specialist for Bindu Media, an itinerary-focused website launching in Spring 2016 and featuring the work of 200+ professional, indie travel writers. Julie has been published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Wisconsin State Journal, The Daily Journal (Kankakee, Illinois), the Rochester Post Bulletin, Wisconsin Natural Resources (DNR) Magazine, Sustainable Chicago Magazine, Group Tour Magazine, Student Group Tour Magazine, Silent Sports Magazine, Intercom Magazine, Roadtrippers.com, and FTF Geocacher Magazine. Julie has appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio, Ohio Public Radio, and KCBX FM Central Coast Radio and is an affiliate producer with the Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer, a National Public Radio travel podcast. She has blogged for TravelWisconsin.com, Travel Oregon, and VISIT Milwaukee. Julie travels with her three kids and black lab as much as possible and lives by the motto, "Not all who wander are lost." Check out some of her best work at www.juliehenning.com.