Hyatt Regency Minneapolis in Minnesota Completes Phase II of Renovation and Expansion
July 17, 2013 1:21pm
MINNEAPOLIS (July 17, 2013) - Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, one of the largest hotel properties in the Twin Cities, today announced the completion of Phase II of its renovation. Phase II included a major expansion, adding over 20,000 square feet of event space and an additional 112 new guestrooms and 54 high-end suites. Phase I of the renovation of the hotel's guestrooms, suites, public areas and restaurants was completed in June 2012. The entire project was funded and conducted by a joint-venture of affiliates of Starwood Capital Group, Haberhill and Hyatt Hotels. New York-based Stonehill & Taylor was responsible for the architecture and interior design and MP Johnson Construction Inc. was the construction firm.
"We are excited to unveil a second round of multi-million dollar enhancements that reflect the unique heritage of Minnesota," said Mark Becker, general manager, Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. "The largest event space in the city and new guestrooms and suites allows Hyatt Regency Minneapolis to attract even more meetings and conventions, as well as accommodate leisure travelers."
Now that Phase II is complete, Hyatt Regency Minneapolis boasts over 100,000 square feet of flexible meetings and event space, allowing two or three functions to take place simultaneously. The additional meeting space includes flexible breakout rooms ranging from 400 square feet to 4500 square feet and two new ballrooms: Northstar and Great Lakes. The stunning new spaces feature a sophisticated Scandinavian-inspired aesthetic with top-of-the-line furnishings, original artwork and chic, modern décor. The two-story 12,000 square foot Great Lakes Ballroom has large pre-function, meeting and breakout rooms and private bathrooms. The Great Lakes Ballroom design incorporates elements of the unique heritage of Minneapolis, such as 9.5 foot wide light fixtures made of painted gold yarn, a reference to the wool mills that dot the state. The Northstar Ballroom is a 10,500 square foot event space with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the lovely Loring Greenway. The stunning Lakeshore meeting room features a custom fabric mural, a wall-to-wall panorama of Minneapolis' three famous mills - Gold Medal Flour Mill, Crown Roller, and North Star Mill - as a celebration of the local economy.
The new suites incorporate high-level finishes, artwork by local artists and materials manufactured in North America. The living room area features vivid hues inspired by Minnesota's landscape of lakes and rivers. Custom-made, high-end furniture is arranged in seating groups, upholstered with luxury fabrics. Other highlights of the new suites include a plush vibrant blue sofa, hardwood floors, a bar with glassware and a sink, and a luxurious bathroom with a powder room.
As they did with Phase I of the renovation, designers at Stonehill & Taylor set a goal to support North American manufacturing with the majority of the design products made in North America. "Our main goal for the design was to create a beautiful hotel that is socially sustainable, thus supporting the local economy and jobs," said Michael Suomi, principal and VP of interior design at Stonehill & Taylor. "The success of our comprehensive Phase I renovation led the way to a new phase of renovation focused on creating higher-end accommodations and large event areas that support this goal and make this the premiere hotel in Minneapolis."
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