Starwood is listing updates on its hotels in Katrina-affected areas.
The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, where I spent a wonderful couple of days at an ICPA educational conference a few years back, has this posted on its Web site:
The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans has been temporarily closed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. No decision can be made on a reopening date until the city of New Orleans is able to restore essential services to its residents, and permitting the assessment and repairs to the hotel â€“ which were not major â€“ to begin. Guests holding reservations will be contacted as soon as possible to assist with other arrangements or for future rebooking. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.