Holiday Inn-East (3M Area) Completes $4 Million Facelift:

Largest, State-of-the-art Lodging Facility in Twin Cities East Metro Features 'This Place is a Joke' Comedy/Dinner Club

SAINT PAUL, Minn., June 18 // PRNewswire // -- Business travelers and tourists visiting the Minneapolis/St. Paul east metro area can now enjoy comfortable luxury in the newly renovated Holiday Inn-East located on I-94 directly across from 3M world headquarters, just 3.5 miles from core downtown St. Paul, Minn. The $4 million improvements touch nearly all areas of the facility making it the largest, state-of-the-art lodging, meeting and banquet facility in the East Metro. Improvements and amenity enhancements are the direct result of in-depth customer focus groups with top executives, employees and frequent business travelers from 3M and others.

Highlights include:

Innovation Suites:

Newly constructed, three-room executive suites feature Jacuzzis, top-quality granite showers, vanities, Moen(TM) four-function shower heads and curved shower curtain rods. Two bedrooms, complete with Serta Presidential(TM) pillow-top mattresses and quality 100% cotton linens, adjoin a central, luxury common space with flat-screen plasma TV, microwave and refrigerator, all decorated in the latest colors and interior design elements. Executive benefits are also available.

Conference and Banquet Center:

This renovated 13,000-square-foot, multi-media meeting venue comprises the 500-seat McKnight Ballroom (divides in half), a 1,500-square-foot outer foyer for business receptions, holiday parties, trade fairs, etc., and six 1,000-square-foot surrounding rooms make this an ideal setting for professional conferences with individual break-out sessions.

An all-new catering menu, from simple to extravagant, completes the service offering. Special themed touches and ethnic requests can add a unique touch to any event.

Guest Rooms:

Each of the 193 guest rooms have been completely updated with carpeting, paint, 100 percent cotton linens, art, granite vanities, Moen(TM) 4-function shower heads, fixtures, curved shower curtains, and free high-speed wireless Internet service. With three T-1 lines, Holiday Inn East offers the highest bandwidth of any lodging facility in the East Metro.

This Place is a Joke! Comedy Club

Renowned comedian Scott Hanson works closely with Holiday Inn-East staff to book local and national talent, making this new comedy venue one of the hottest night spots in the metro for those who can take a joke. Free parking and easy freeway access add to the attraction. The club has shows every Friday and Saturday night, and ticket prices vary by performer. Reservations or prepaid tickets are required. Visit http://www.thisplaceisajoke.com for performance details.

Recreation Center:

Stationery bikes, treadmills, ellipticals, free weights, stability balls, hot tub and a pool that exceeds the latest safety regulations on drainage systems allow guests to maintain their fitness regimens while on the road.

"This renovation was a long time coming, but we're thrilled that so many of the ideas and suggestions envisioned by our customers have become part of this new space," said Doug Karle, general manager, Holiday Inn-East. "And the timing couldn't be better for us given the huge influx of visitors expected to visit this community during the Republican National Convention. Our 100 employees are the best in the business, trained in our 'People Notice' service excellence program. By combining exceptional new accommodations with service excellence will equal outstanding guest experiences."

About Holiday Inn-East (3M Area)

Holiday Inn St. Paul East is the largest full-service hotel in the Minneapolis/St. Paul east metro area. The 193-room hotel is one of the most established hotels in the area. The hotel participates in most travel discount programs. Group bookings and catering can be made by calling 651.789.4501. Call 651.731.2220 or visit http://www.holidaymn.com for reservations. Lodge Hotels & Resorts holds the management contract (since 2006).

About Lodge Hotels & Resorts

Lodge Hotels & Resorts is a hospitality development and management company based in Eden Prairie, Minn. Properties include: The Lodge at Brainerd Lakes, Brainerd, Minn.; The Lodge at Crooked Lake, Siren, Wisc.; the Lodge Cabins at Trout Haven, Lewis, Wisc.; the Holiday Inn St. Paul East (3M Center), St. Paul, Minn.; Rockwoods Grill and Backwater Bar, Baxter, Minn.; and a multi-property, multi-brand hotel complex in Houston, TX. Lodge Hotels & Resorts properties offer amenities for everyone-business travelers, corporate conferences and events, banquets, weddings, reunions, romantic get-aways and family fun.



SOURCE Holiday Inn-East

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