By Tony Semerad | The Salt Lake Tribune
November 1, 2021
Salt Lake Cityâ€™s new 700-room convention hotel is rising fast, but will the world it was meant for return?
Construction of the Hyatt Regency skyscraper downtown will reach its full height of 26 stories in mid-November, just shy of two years after government dignitaries and hotel industry executives broke ground on the tower being built near the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center.
The reflective and curvilinear hotel at West Temple and 200 South is set to open in late 2022. And like a tall stack of glass poker chips, it represents a major bet that in-person conventions and large corporate meetings will come back post-pandemic.
"This has been a time of uncertainty," said Kaitlin Eskelson, president and CEO of Visit Salt Lake, a nonprofit promoting the city as a travel destination. "We are still in recovery mode but are making bold plans for the future."