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by Sarah J.F. Braley | November 17, 2010

The 2,881-room Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center reopened Monday, following major repairs made in the wake of flooding that occurred during the first weekend in May. The property sustained about $170 million in damages, as all underground areas and about 70 percent of common areas were underwater, according to Travel Weekly, M&C's sister publication. Numerous meetings had to be moved to other properties and cities. Gaylord Hotels took advantage of the shutdown to improve some areas: The Cascades lobby was redesigned to streamline guests' check-in experience, and the 600 rooms in the undamaged Magnolia wing were renovated. The 115 damaged rooms in the Delta were gutted and refurbished. Three new eateries spots now are open in the Garden Conservatory: Solario, serving Mexican food; Ravello, with a southern Italian menu; and the Conservatory Bar. More energy-efficient power facilities, technology systems and laundry areas were added.