Thirteen-story Hotel Managed by Hilton Worldwide Undergoes Extensive Renovation and Rebranding as DoubleTree by Hilton
December 11, 2014 // Franchising.com // MINNEAPOLIS and MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton Worldwide and DoubleTree by Hilton today announced the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis North, a 13-story, suburban high-rise hotel located in Brooklyn Center and surrounded by more than 500 acres of parks and walking paths. Formerly the Minneapolis Boulevard Hotel, DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis North debuts a $4 million transformation that includes modern, stylish updates throughout the property. At the helm of the freshly-renovated hotel is veteran hotelier and Minnesota Native, Robert "Rosco" Larson, who has been appointed as general manager, bringing with him an extensive knowledge of the Twin Cities market. The hotel is owned by Boxer Resorts, Houston, Texas and managed by Hilton Worldwide.
Nestled along the Mississippi River, the hotel's peaceful suburban setting offers a quiet respite from the bustle of downtown Minneapolis yet is only ten minutes from the city center, making it an ideal location for business and leisure guests alike. Guests will enjoy convenient access to nearby businesses, including Medtronic, BAS Systems, Cummings Power Generation and Boston Scientific, as well as area attractions including Mall of America and the Walker Art Center.
"At DoubleTree by Hilton, we strive to offer guests the 'little things' that can create a rewarding travel experience," said John Greenleaf, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton. "This hotel is the seventh DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Minnesota, and is a shining example of our commitment to providing the wide-ranging services and amenities that we know business and leisure travelers want - starting with our warm chocolate chip cookie greeting and continuing throughout their stay."
A tree-lined boulevard creates a stately sense of arrival, while an updated interior reflects a fresh, contemporary design marked by sleek chrome accents and a cool color palate accented by violet hues. The 174-room hotel offers all modern amenities, including WiFi, LCD HDTVs and the inviting Sweet Dreams bed experience. A 24-hour fitness center, 24-hour business center and WiFi throughout the hotel's public spaces are all complimentary to guests.
The hotel offers dining options to suit any palate. Lombard's is the hotel's American-themed restaurant offering a full-service bar and serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Grants, the hotel's intimate lobby bar, offers a range of light bites and a diverse drink menu.
The hotel is also ideally-suited to accommodate varying types of meetings, events and conventions with 10,000 square feet of flexible function space, including two ballrooms. For smaller group meetings, the hotel offers the Meetings Simplified by DoubleTree by Hilton package from $29.95 per person, which includes the meeting room, basic meeting WiFi, meeting room supplies including a flipchart, markers, extension and power cord, and all day non-alcoholic beverage service.
"The addition of the DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis North is further affirmation of the growing presence of Hilton Worldwide in the Minneapolis - St. Paul market where we now have more than 750 employees and 1,600 rooms under management," according to Area Vice President, Tom Loughlin, Hilton Worldwide.
In addition to the warm chocolate chip cookie welcome, guests will enjoy other DoubleTree by Hilton brand amenities, including an assortment of gourmet in-room tea and coffee choices from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®, the refreshing new Aroma Actives natural skin and body care line, and an industry-recognized service culture built around the idea of CARE, which stands for Create a Rewarding Experience for guests, team members and the community.
"It is my distinct pleasure to welcome guests to this relaxed, contemporary urban retreat where they will enjoy the award-winning service culture for which the DoubleTree by Hilton brand is known worldwide," said Larson. Prior to joining as the hotel's new general manager, Larson most recently served as general manager of Embassy Suites St. Louis - Downtown and, before that, the Embassy Suites and Crown Sterling hotels in St. Paul.
As a participant in the Hilton HHonors guest loyalty program, Hilton HHonors members will be able to earn and redeem points with their stay at DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis North. To mark the opening, the hotel is participating in a Hilton HHonors Double Points promotion through March 31, 2015. During the promotion period, guests can earn double points for all bookings that include a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday night stay. Based on availability, Gold and Diamond members will enjoy upgrades to the hotel's two exclusive Hilton HHonors floors. Additionally, Diamond Hilton HHonors guests will enjoy complimentary continental breakfasts during stays and Gold Hilton HHonors guests will have the option of complimentary breakfast or bonus Hilton HHonors points.
DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis North is located at 2200 Freeway Blvd., Minneapolis, Minn. 55430. For more information, or to make a reservation, travelers may visit www.doubletree.com.
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With a fast-growing, global collection of more than 400 upscale hotels in gateway cities, metropolitan areas and vacation destinations across six continents, every little thing we do at DoubleTree by Hilton inspires us to create a rewarding experience for our hotel guests, our team members and the communities we proudly serve. Our hospitality begins with a warm chocolate chip cookie welcome upon arrival and continues with the award-winning Hilton HHonors guest loyalty program, an array of fine services and amenities and our longstanding CARE Culture tradition that empowers team members to provide the special comforts and acts of kindness that make the traveler feel human again.
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