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Graves Hospitality Corporation Announces the Opening of St. Cloud’s First
Independent, Luxury-Focused Boutique Hotel Named “Le St-Germain Suite Hotel”

The Locally Owned and Managed Hotel Has Been Accepted Into Worldhotels,
World’s 11th- Largest Hotel Group

St Cloud, M.N. (Feb. 11, 2011) – Graves Hospitality Corporation recently announced that on March 1st, 2011, the Radisson Suite Hotel will become St. Cloud’s first luxury-boutique hotel and will undergo a strategic rebranding under the name Le St-Germain Suite Hotel. In a testament to the hotel’s level of service and amenities, the Le St-Germain Suite Hotel was just accepted into the prestigious Worldhotels group, an exclusive collection of over 500 of the world's most unique, independent hotels with locations in over 250 destinations in 65 countries.
“The ownership, management and team-members will remain the same as the spaces, amenities and services are enhanced,” explained Benjamin Graves, president of Graves Hospitality Corporation, the company that owns and manages the Le St-Germain Suite Hotel. “Graves Hospitality currently owns and manages 13 hotels and restaurants, and this move strategically elevates our St. Cloud hotel into our portfolio of unique, upscale, experience-based properties,” he continued. Current reservations and bookings will continue uninterrupted as improvements are made.

Partnering with Worldhotels, the world’s 11th largest hospitality company aligns with the hotel’s business objectives, as the Le St-Germain Suite Hotel will gain exposure to a significant new audience and multiple distribution channels, including “The Le St-Germain Suite Hotel is a spectacular addition to the Worldhotels family,” said Tom Griffiths, vice president of Worldhotels. “We are proud to be affiliated with Graves Hospitality Corporation, a well-established hotel company that is making its mark in the lodging industry with innovative concepts and a commitment to excellence.” The prestigious Worldhotels group includes fantastic hotels such as the 5-star Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, 5-star Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel and Resort in Monte Carlo, 5-star Hotel De Sers-Paris Champs Elysees in Paris, and Graves Hospitality's New York property, Hotel Williamsburg, which opens April of 2011.

The decision to move the hotel into the upscale market comes on the heels of positive changes in St. Cloud’s downtown and community. “St. Cloud simply continues to evolve for the better and we want to create a destination, luxury-focused hotel that reflects those changes,” explained Benjamin Graves. “The city’s investment in the Civic Center expansion, which is physically connected to the hotel, definitely played into our decision making, as did the ongoing beautification of the riverfront and the strength and diversity of downtown businesses and retail,” he continued. For the past 18 months, the hotel has been undergoing numerous renovations and upgrades to the public and private spaces. These enhancements will continue with a French-themed focus, including such changes as an upgrade to Hermes toiletries. Patrons will also enjoy a return to award-winning dining with a new hotel restaurant named De La Pointe, opening spring of 2011.

Graves Hospitality Corporation was started in St. Cloud 32 years ago. It opened the original hotel in 1990.
Le St-Germain Suite Hotel is an upscale, full-service hotel located near the Mississippi river in historic downtown St. Cloud. It is connected by skyway to the St. Cloud Civic Center. The newly renovated all-suite, 103-room hotel offers warm hospitality, inviting atmosphere and exceptional services sure to please business and leisure travelers alike. Suites feature flat-screen televisions, in-room wet-bars, and Hermes soaps, while the well-appointed public spaces offer a grand ballroom, full-sized indoor pool, whirlpool, work-out facilities, bar and full-service restaurant.

Graves Hospitality Corporation luxury independent and branded offers full-scale development and management services toupscale hotels, resorts and restaurants. The company’s development skills and comprehensive package of sales, marketing, distribution, human relations and other related services are honed from 32 years of industry success. Recognized as an industry leader, Graves Hospitality Corporation has developed and managed more than 100 hotels and restaurants and is passionate about providing guests, associates and owners with an unparalleled level of service and expertise. Graves Hospitality Corporation is proud that its hotels achieve the highest ratings and are awarded the highest levels of recognition within their respective brands and markets. One of Graves Hospitality’s flagship properties, the Graves 601 Hotel Minneapolis, was just named one of the 500 Best Hotels in the World by Travel and Leisure Magazine. Graves Hospitality Corporation-member hotels and restaurants currently open or under development are in Minneapolis, MN; St. Cloud, MN; Racine, WI; La Crosse, WI; Chicago, IL; Manhattan, N.Y.; Brooklyn, N.Y.; and Tamarindo, Costa Rica.
Worldhotels is an exclusive collection of the world's most unique independent hotels. Under the banner "Unique Hotels for Unique People." Worldhotels is the longest established Europe-based hotel group for independent hotels and regional brands worldwide. Being the 11th largest hotel company in the world, the company’s portfolio consists of more then 500 affiliate properties in over 250 destinations in 65 countries worldwide. The brand Worldhotels was established in 2005, yet the roots of the company can be traced back to 1970. From Tokyo to Mexico City, Berlin to New York, a global portfolio offing quality hotels around the world. These include historic landmark buildings, chic boutique hotels and exquisite resort hideaways. With their outstanding service and exceptional quality standards, they meet the needs of both business and leisure travelers alike. There is simply no other single entity that brings together such a wide variety of unique, independent hotels from across the globe. Worldhotels' guests benefit from an extensive portfolio of partnerships, including frequent flyer programs from 20 of the world's leading international airlines, including Delta, Air France/KLM, United Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Lufthansa. Through state-of-the-art distribution and technology and global marketing campaigns, Worldhotels gives independent hotels the collective strength of a strong, global hotel brand whilst still allowing them to retain their strong individual character and unique identity.

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Also See: Graves Hospitality Joins Wyndham Hotels and Resorts with Graves 601 Hotel in Minneapolis Renamed as Graves 601 Hotel, Wyndham Grand / January 2010

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Graves Hospitality Corporation Rebranding the Le Méridien Minneapolis to the Graves 601 Hotel Minneapolis; First Hotel to Fly the Graves Hotels.Resorts. Flag / July 2005

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