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Gaylord Opryland hotel to re-open Nov. 15 in Nashville
Hotel officials say Nashville's largest hotel will re-open on Nov. 15, six months after the Cumberland River overflowed its banks and flooded the hotel's common areas.
The photo below, which was released by the Gaylord Opryland, shows that the water also rose within a foot or so of the ceiling in some guestrooms in the hotel's Magnolia area.
The Magnolia area rooms are getting a complete renovation (as shown in the rendering at right), with an updated, lighter look than they had before.
The Gaylord Opryland hotel is also getting a new look in the Cascades area lobby and the rotating Cascades Terrace bar, as well as in several of the hotel's restaurants. Two new restaurants -- offering Mexican and Italian cuisine -- are being added during the rebuilding.
The adjacent Grand Ole Opry House, which was also flooded, is on track to reopen Oct. 1, according to Gaylord officials. (The Grand Ole Opry shows are still being performed at other Nashville venues.)
Gaylord's price tag for all of this clean-up and renovation is estimated to top $215 million.