The Hyatt House from Gene Autry to Led Zeppelin and Beyond

For decades I had a view of the hotel known as the Continental Hyatt House from my back porch and always enjoyed seeing that it was still there after all these years. Alas, recently my view was blocked by the building of the Pendry with its huge digital sign blinking 24-7. Many things have changed since the hotel’s opening in the early 1960s.

The hotel opened in 1963 as Gene Autry’s Hotel Continental but three years later the singing-cowboy-turned-mogul leased the property to the Hyatt chain and it became the Continental Hyatt House. As one of the first hotels to