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CSM Lodging Rebranding the Courtyard by Marriott – Minneapolis Downtown
at the Depot to The Depot, a Renaissance Hotel by Marriott
 
MINNEAPOLIS – March 16, 2007 – CSM Lodging announced plans today to rebrand The Depot, one of Minneapolis’ most distinctive landmarks. The Courtyard by Marriott (225 3rd Avenue South) will convert to The Depot, a Renaissance Hotel by Marriott following a multimillion dollar renovation of guest rooms and public space. 
 
Designed to enhance the enjoyment of traveling, the full-service Renaissance Hotel at The Depot invites guests to experience a sense of the history and unique architecture of the train depot. Guest rooms will receive special attention with comfortable and stylish furniture and luxurious bedding reflecting a modern take on historic charm. The rooms will also be equipped to meet guests’ technology and business needs with a state of the art connectivity panel which allows you to work, watch and listen simultaneously in the comfort of your room on a 32-inch flat panel HDTV.
 
The Depot will continue to be a distinctive landmark in the city’s landscape as a venue for special events. The banquet and conference rooms will be re-styled with distinctive furnishings and upscale décor. 
 
“Each Renaissance hotel has a unique story that is narrated and delivered through the hotel’s distinctive décor and ambiance,” said Rob Dann, president of CSM Lodging. “The Depot’s character is steeped in rich architectural details along with a collection of period and historical artifacts, making it an ideal location for a Renaissance.”
 
The Depot is a highly visible location near the new Guthrie Theater and is in the heart of the revitalized Mill District of Minneapolis. Originally serving the city as a train station, The Depot once again reopened its doors following an extensive renovation completed in 2001. The building incorporates Renaissance Revival old world charm architecture with modern amenities such as an indoor water park and seasonal indoor ice skating rink to provide guests with a memorable experience. The Renaissance will be one of three hotels at the site; the Residence Inn by Marriott and historic suites will remain.
 
CSM Lodging will begin remodeling in spring of 2007 and expects the project to be complete by fall of 2007.
 
CSM Lodging is a division of CSM Corporation, which owns and operates 38 properties across the United States under the Marriott, Hilton and Carlson brands. CSM Lodging has been recognized as Marriott's "Developer of the Year" for an unprecedented two years in a row. The Renaissance Hotel marks CSM Lodging’s first Renaissance branded property.
 
CSM Corporation, founded in 1976, is headquartered in Minneapolis. CSM Corporation engages in the acquisition, development, leasing, management, and ownership of quality real estate assets. The company’s extensive portfolio includes retail, industrial, multi-family residential and hotel properties across the continental United States. For more information, visit www.csmcorp.net. 
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Also See: CSM Lodging Named as Marriott's Developer of the Year Two Years in a Row / December 2001
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