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Re: Downtown Hotel News

Posted: October 31st, 2012, 10:50 am
by mnmike
When in the world was that? Must have been over 20 years ago.

Re: Downtown Hotel News

Posted: October 31st, 2012, 3:49 pm
by MotorCity2TwinCities
Really glad that the Comfort Suites is getting a renovation. I live across from that Centre Village building and also park my car there and think it is the ugliest tower in the city. I know that the exterior of the building really can't be helped but I very much hope that the main lobby is included in the hotel's renovation!

Re: Downtown Hotel News

Posted: October 31st, 2012, 4:13 pm
by Nathan
20 mil was about the same that Hyatt Spent on their Reno too right? And little to nothing changed on the exterior, but the inside is killer.

Re: Downtown Hotel News

Posted: October 31st, 2012, 8:55 pm
by mattaudio
Crazy to think that Centre Village hotel was an Embassy Suites just a few years ago. I wonder how they kept that franchise going in such a horrible building.

Re: Downtown Hotel News

Posted: October 31st, 2012, 10:36 pm
by mnmike
Well, they didn't. The owner refused to put money into it...so after a lengthy appeal process to Hilton quality assurance, and holding on as long as possible, they lost their flag. It took a couple years.

Re: Downtown Hotel News

Posted: October 31st, 2012, 10:37 pm
by mnmike
PS, on an unrelated note...the go date for the Ivy to become The Conrad is supposedly November 15 now.

Re: Downtown Hotel News

Posted: October 31st, 2012, 10:46 pm
by Tyler
mnmike wrote:PS, on an unrelated note...the go date for the Ivy to become The Conrad is supposedly November 15 now.
Is this going to be a legit 5 star hotel?

Re: Downtown Hotel News

Posted: November 1st, 2012, 3:23 pm
by nickmgray
Tyler wrote:
mnmike wrote:PS, on an unrelated note...the go date for the Ivy to become The Conrad is supposedly November 15 now.
Is this going to be a legit 5 star hotel?
Doubtful. Having worked at the Grand Hotel for 5 years, getting/keeping a 4 star rating is extremely hard. To my knowledge, the Ivy is currently the only 4 star rated hotel in Minneapolis. There are a few 4 diamond rated hotels, but it's a much easier rating system.

Star ratings are give out by Mobil/Forbes
Diamond ratings are given out by AAA

Re: Downtown Hotel News

Posted: November 1st, 2012, 7:36 pm
by Tyler
Interesting. The Conrad NYC bills itself as 5 star but is not ranked by Forbes at all. No hotels here have ever even considered themselves 5 star to my knowledge. I wonder if the Conrad will.

Re: Downtown Hotel News

Posted: December 12th, 2012, 4:07 pm
by Nathan
Not exactly DT but close enough since it bills it's self as the Metrodome Holiday... Is going under a major renovation by Heartland Realty Investors. Brand not announced yet.

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Re: Downtown Hotel News

Posted: December 12th, 2012, 4:48 pm
by Nick
There are fences up around the Millennium Hotel as of today.

Re: Downtown Hotel News

Posted: December 12th, 2012, 7:03 pm
by mnmike
Yeah, they are going to be closed until April...pretty odd for a hotel, but it really needed the renovation bad.

Re: Downtown Hotel News

Posted: December 13th, 2012, 9:46 am
by mnmike
Rumor has it that the former Holiday Inn Metrodome will be a Marriott product...maybe a courtyard.

Re: Downtown Hotel News

Posted: December 13th, 2012, 12:23 pm
by min-chi-cbus
mnmike wrote:Rumor has it that the former Holiday Inn Metrodome will be a Marriott product...maybe a courtyard.
Isn't there a Courtyard by Marriott pretty nearby at the Milwaukee Rd Depot? I know because I stayed there one night in an attempt to hook up, not knowing how damn expensive it was!

Re: Downtown Hotel News

Posted: December 13th, 2012, 12:24 pm
by mnmike
Yes, there is. Courtyards are pretty run of the mill...their price point is pretty much right in the middle.

That is purely a rumor i have heard among hotel sales people...could be anything. Sometimes they are right, sometimes not.

Re: Downtown Hotel News

Posted: December 13th, 2012, 2:39 pm
by Cyclotron
Wasn't that Courtyard rebranded a Renaissance?

Re: Downtown Hotel News

Posted: December 13th, 2012, 4:14 pm
by mnmike
Ah yes, that's right...it is the Residence Inn that remains, and the Courtyard became the Ren

Re: Downtown Hotel News

Posted: December 13th, 2012, 4:37 pm
by John21
Yesterday I saw them taking down one of the Holiday Inn signs.

Re: Downtown Hotel News

Posted: December 17th, 2012, 8:31 pm
by FISHMANPET
That Holiday Inn has a pretty nice jacuzzi suite on the top floor, or at least it used to, I can't find any mention of it anymore.

Re: Downtown Hotel News

Posted: December 20th, 2012, 12:50 pm
by mattaudio
Speaking of Millenium Hotel, I wish this renovation would integrate the skyway into the building, so they could get rid of the skyway that hugs the side and covers the sidewalk on 13th Street. http://goo.gl/maps/nyVu2