Old look, new features as Farragut Hotel becomes Hyatt Place

Though the Farragut Hotel building’s name is changing, when renovation is complete the outside should look familiar to people who saw the century-old building in its prime.

A replica of the hotel’s historic front awning is going up, based on old photos. But as it’s transformed into a 165-room Hyatt Place, the interior has been taken down to bare concrete. Even the elevator is moving, with the new shaft placed further back.

Standing amid construction workers in the future lobby, Trenton Keelen pointed out where the new front desk will sit, to the left of the front doors; on the right will be a bar. The lobby will seat 135. Next to the front desk will be a Starbucks, standard in Hyatt Place hotels and open to walk-in traffic.

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