Loews Minneapolis to rebrand under a Hilton flag

Marcus Hotels & Resorts, an owner and management company and division of The Marcus Corp., Hempel Real Estate and Robinson Park have closed on the acquisition of the Loews Minneapolis Hotel. The property will be managed by Marcus Hotels & Resorts, effective immediately, and will be rebranded immediately as The Lofton Hotel under the Tapestry Collection by Hilton flag, making it the first Tapestry Collection hotel in Minnesota. Other terms were not disclosed.

“Since 1993, Marcus Hotels & Resorts has been invested in elevating the travel and leisure experience in Minneapolis, a city we greatly admire and appreciate,” Marcus Hotels & Resorts President Michael Evans said in a statement. “The Lofton Hotel’s chic design, incredible location, and ample amenities create a welcoming destination for travelers visiting the Twin Cities and experiencing all they have to offer. With The Lofton Hotel now part of the Tapestry Collection by Hilton platform, we look forward to welcoming our new associates to the Marcus Hotels & Resorts family and providing our guests with the high-quality service and experience for which Hilton and we are known. We also look forward to playing an active part in the continued resurgence of the downtown business and social community.”

The Lofton Hotel

Located in downtown Minneapolis, The Lofton Hotel is near the shopping and entertainment districts as well as sports destinations like the Target Center, which is connected to the hotel via skywalk, and Target Field. Business travelers can also easily connect to the business district and nearby office buildings using the famous Minneapolis Skyway System.

This full-service lifestyle property has 251 contemporary guestrooms and suites that highlight the state’s topographic features. In addition to artwork adorning the rooms and common areas that draws inspiration from key aspects of Minneapolis’ identity, each room is equipped with the latest amenities, such as Keurig gourmet coffee makers and lavish limestone counters and glass basins in the bathrooms. The Lofton Hotel’s suites have impressive views of the city skyline with many boasting views directly into Target Field, including onto home plate. Additionally, each suite offers extra space and additional amenities to make guest stays more comfortable. Two of The Lofton Hotel’s signature suites celebrate famous local artists with unique features, such as an in-room grand piano once played by Billy Joel, large living spaces for entertaining and artwork that celebrates Minneapolis icons. In addition, The Lofton Hotel has more than 15,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space that has audiovisual technology for meetings, group events and weddings of all sizes.

Food and beverage outlets include a signature restaurant currently serving New American cuisine inspired by the Pacific regions, as well as a bar and lounge on the lobby level offering handcrafted cocktails and local microbrews, along with small bites. To appeal to locals and guests alike, both concepts will be updated to offer an elevated food and beverage experience. Other hotel amenities include a robust business center, a fitness center with a full range of cardiovascular and weightlifting equipment as well as Peloton bikes, a pet-friendly policy and an attentive concierge service to help travelers get the most out of their stays.

New General Manager

Marcus Hotels & Resorts has appointed Jim Waldvogel as general manager of The Lofton Hotel, effective immediately. Waldvogel brings more than 30 years of hospitality experience, with more than 26 years of his career serving in various leadership positions at other hotels in the Minneapolis area for Marcus Hotels & Resorts. In addition to his new role, he continues to serve as managing director and general manager of the company’s Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington property. Under his leadership, Hilton Bloomington/Minneapolis has earned Hilton’s Award of Excellence four years in a row. Previously, Waldvogel served as general manager of Marcus Hotels & Resorts’ formerly managed property, Crowne Plaza Northstar in Minneapolis.