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Louisville Hyatt wraps largest renovation ever

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The 393-room Hyatt Regency Louisville has completed the largest renovation in the downtown hotel’s 34-year history.

Almost $6 million was spent on improvements. The hotel moved its front entrance to Fourth Street, where valet service is offered beneath a canopy; built three pods where guests now check in; added a wall of art glass, commissioned by a local artist, in its lobby and expanded and moved its fitness center. The hotel’s 9,200-square-foot ballroom, part of its 20,000 square feet of meeting space, was also renovated.

The centerpiece of the renovation is a new restaurant called Sway, short for Southern Way, that highlights the flavors of Southern kitchens and incorporates ingredients from local farms, dairies and butchers.

Sway’s bar has open-air access through movable glass walls to Louisville’s trendy Fourth Street Live! entertainment district. The Hyatt Regency also has added sustainable features, including pavement that soaks up storm water and drains that will capture rainwater and drain it directly into the ground.