Iowa-based Hawkeye Hotels is assuming ownership of the Park Plaza in Bloomington, Minn., and will convert the property into a Courtyard by Marriott over the next 12 months. This will be the firm’s second property in Minnesota, with a Home2 Suites by Hilton in Eagan set to open by spring 2018.
The renovated hotel will offer amenities that cater to business-travelers, with 209 guestrooms, 13 suites and a bistro open to the public. Bloomington lies about 10 miles south of Minneapolis, off of Interstate 494. The property will provide lodging for visitors to local attractions and demand generators, such as the International Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport (MSP), Mall of America, Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium, the Minnesota Vikings training facility, Rasmussen College, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Social Security Administration, DeVry University, company headquarters for Dairy Queen, Toro, Ceridina and more.
“We are excited to take over and renovate a hotel that will help meet rising consumer demands in Bloomington,” Jay Bhakta, managing member of JR Hospitality, said in a statement. “We look forward to continuing to invest in the community.”
The Courtyard by Marriott will include an exercise room, bistro and bar, indoor swimming pool, high-speed wireless internet and business center. The hotel’s redesign will include 5,500 square feet of meeting space.
“We are confident that the local market will continue to sustain steady growth,” Om Patel, director of development for Hawkeye Hotels, said in a statement. “Our firm has proven that we succeed in these highly competitive markets because we create exceptional assets with a high level of service and satisfaction.