Elliot Park Hotel soon to open in downtown Minneapolis
Only the finishing touches are left to be completed at the Elliot Park Hotel, the last part of Kraus-Andersons massive block of redevelopment in downtown Minneapolis.
The 168-unit luxury hotel located at 5th Avenue at 9th Street will open next month on the same block as developer Kraus-Andersons new headquarters, HQ apartments and Finnegans microbrewery.
While the new 115,000-square-foot hotel is built to provide guests with modern comforts, hotel management said the main focus of the space is to provide a certain kind of coziness and welcoming atmosphere as part of a Danish concept referred to as hygge (pronounced HUE-gah).
Its all about the warmth as you visit our hotel, said Dana Orlando, the hotels general manager.
As Orlando gave a tour of the eight-story hotel Tuesday, she pointed out how everything from the lobbys heated floor and wall of candles to the copper embellishments and variety of pillow, wall and floor textures were chosen to invoke a sense of homeyness.
Another important aspect to the Elliot Park Hotel is that like many hospitality offerings that have opened recently in the Twin Cities, there was an effort to feature local products.
In the retail store on the main level, local art as well as candles made in Eden Prairie and clear purses that would be allowed inside US Bank Stadium are just a few of the items for sale. When guests arrive at the hotel, they will also be directed to enjoy the brew and the bite, a small taste of food from the hotel restaurant paired with a sampling of Finnegans beer from the nearby brewery.
The full-service, luxury hotel is part of the Marriott Autograph Collection of boutique hotels.
In addition to its guest rooms, the hotel includes 13 suites and a penthouse, meeting spaces (the largest of which could fit 125 people for a banquet-style event), and a fitness center. There is also a separate kitchen to provide food as needed for special events at Finnegans.
Perhaps one of the most eagerly awaited features of the hotel is Tavola, a 120-seat Italian restaurant complete with an open oven for pizzas and breads.
The restaurant is the heartbeat of this hotel. Its a place for the locals to commune. It will be a place for hotel guests to go obviously, but it is for the community, Orlando said.
Tavolas menu will also include pastas, steaks and an affordable selection of wine all of which would be available to guests via room service, said Taryne Dixon, director of food and beverage at Coury Hospitality, which is operating the hotel.
We want to make this restaurant approachable and accessible, Dixon said.
Nearby residents can enjoy a 10 percent discount at the restaurant, Dixon said.
Folks are excited about another food opportunity. We dont have a lot, said Vanessa Haught, executive director of Elliot Park Neighborhood, Inc.
She continued, We are excited for folks to come to Elliot Park as a destination.
The hotel was built by Kraus-Anderson, designed by ESG Architects and developed by Wilkinson Corporation. Coury Hospitality will operate the hotel.
Its been extraordinarily rewarding to see the vision of our hotel and the entire KA Block become reality, said Mike Harral, vice president of development for Wilkinson, in a statement.
Nicole Norfleet 612-673-4495 Twitter: @nicolenorfleet