When the then 116-year-old hotel reopened in 2009, it had not been seen by the public eye since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in August 2005. In restoring the entire hotel mechanical systems were moved from the basement to better prepare the building for future storms. Mosaic tile was once covered by carpet is now re-exposed throughout the hotel’s main lobby. A remake of the Blue Room is complete with gleaming chandeliers and architectural details that delight. Architectural elements that were hidden for decades, such as handmade plaster work in elevator lobbies, mosaic floors and coffered ceilings are now seen throughout the hotel.