NASHVILLE, Tenn.- After being submerged by flood waters, the Opryland hotel will reopen for the first time since May.
It's not just visitors who are excited about this reopening. City leaders are thrilled as well because it's estimated since this hotel was forced to close, Nashville has missed out on around $2 million in hotel tax and $3 million in sales tax revenue.
Executives at the Opryland Hotel are hoping to get this hotel back to pre-flood bookings, luring guests in for the holiday season with $170 million in upgrades and renovations.
For people familiar with the hotel, the changes will be noticed immediately in the Cascade Lobby. The entire area was gutted and replaced with marble floors and a more contemporary style.
There will also be two new upscale restaurants and renovations to more than 600 rooms.
Hundreds of construction workers have been putting in 16-hour days since the May flood trying to get the hotel ready for this November 15th deadline. A large portion of Opryland was flooded with some places taking in almost 10 feet of water last May. Not only did the hotel unexpectedly shut its doors, but the entire staff was let go. Now, after months of hard work they are ready to reopen and wow their guests just in time for the holidays.
"This flood has brought our company together, has brought out stars together and a great sense of community. We know that when we reopen the hotel it's going to knock the socks off our guests," said Pete Weien, Gaylord Opryland General Manager.
The company chose November 15th as the reopen date to get people back in the hotel for their busiest time of the year, the holidays. This year, Opryland is kicking of their grand reopening with a three-day Christmas event- featuring the Rockettes, a playground made of ice, fireworks and free concerts.