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A $2.5 million Renovation Transforms  the Former Bloomington (MN)
Park Inn Suites into Le Bourget Aero Suites
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - Feb. 7, 2006 -- Minnesota bound travelers looking for upscale accommodations near the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and Mall of America now have a brand new option, Le Bourget Aero Suites (formerly the Park Inn Suites) located at the northwest quadrant of France Avenue and Interstate 494. "Le Bourget (pronounced "Le-bur-'zhay") offers guests a perfect fusion of classic sophistication and contemporary design in an intimate setting, we call it--Relaxed Luxury," says Jasen Mark with Wayzata, MN-based Empirical Hotel Investments, the hotel's asset manager. 

Le Bourget's residential-like accommodations were meticulously designed to provide a comfortable "French-inspired" guest experience for both the business traveler and the restful family. The owner of the property, Bloomington Hotel Acquisition, LLC engaged the award winning Twin Cities architecture firm Trellage-Ferrill - known for designing such restaurants as Zelo in downtown Minneapolis, Bacio in Minnetonka, MN and Ciao Bella in Bloomington, MN - to completely redesign the lobby, guestrooms and public areas. The result is an urban retreat for guests, a hotel experience that stands out among the many traditional chain hotels located in the Bloomington, MN area. 

For those seeking amenities, Le Bourget caters to the business and pleasure travelers who expect more from their hotel. A European style cafe and espresso bar, French crepe stand and lobby bar offers something for every taste. Guests will also have access to a business center, indoor heated pool, fitness center, and complimentary shuttle service to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, Mall of America, Galleria Mall, Southdale Mall, and other nearby businesses, restaurants, and attractions. Rooms are complete with pillow-top mattresses and duvets, stocked with Evian and Perrier water, feature the luxurious bath amenities of L'Occitane, offer complimentary high speed wireless internet access, and most guestrooms have state-of-the-art flat screen LCD televisions. 

The inspiration and name on the marquee comes from the Le Bourget Aeroport in Paris, France. American Aviator (and Minnesotan), Charles A. Lindbergh amazed the World in 1927 by landing in Paris after a solo transatlantic flight from New York to Paris. When he landed at the Le Bourget Aeroport he was met with one of the warmest receptions the World has ever seen. All Parisians cheered and welcomed the young, previously unknown, 25 year old U.S. mail pilot...this is hospitality at its finest and the spirit of Le Bourget Aero Suites. 

"If you have traveled for work or pleasure to places like Chicago, Washington, D.C., New York, or San Francisco, you've probably noticed the many unique boutique hotel offerings," says Jasen Mark. "Our vision is to create that experience in the Twin Cities. We're confident our guests will experience a level of comfort and elegance they won't find elsewhere." 

A $2.5 million, eight month long renovation transformed what was formerly the Bloomington Park Inn Suites into Le Bourget Aero Suites. All 160 rooms are oversized suites and offer 4-star quality at 3-star prices. The average cost of a night's stay at Le Bourget will be in the $129-$149 range, per night. 

While guests will first be drawn to the elegance and beauty of Le Bourget, the hotel operators are certain they will leave remembering one thing - exceptional customer service. "After evaluating the lodging market in Bloomington, we quickly determined that there was an opportunity to provide a unique hospitality experience based on excellent customer service and complete comfort throughout the hotel," said Kirk Schultz with the Brainerd, MN-based Madison Hospitality Group, LLC the management company overseeing the day to day operations of the hotel. 

Madison Hospitality Group, LLC 
Brainerd, MN-based Madison Hospitality Group is a management company that operates hotels, resorts and restaurants for third parties, related entities, and other investors. The company is a full service management organization that can facilitate all areas of restaurant, hotel and resort management. The partners of the firm have experience in resort, full service, limited service, and extended stay lodging operations, as well as casual and fine dining experience. Madison is a national hotel and restaurant management company operating hotels and restaurants in Minnesota, South Carolina, and Pennsylvania. The company's Minnesota properties are located in Alexandria, Detroit Lakes, Ely and Bloomington. 

Empirical Hotel Investments, LLC 
Wayzata, MN-based Empirical Hotel Investments is a hotel real estate investment, advisory and asset management company. Empirical acts as both principal and intermediary to facilitate the acquisition, financing (both debt and equity), asset management and disposition of hotel real estate throughout the United States.


Le Bourget Aero Suites
Jasen Mark



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