Hyatt Regency Minneapolis will undergo a major renovation starting this month, with expected completion in the spring of 2012. A $25 million renovation of the hotel's guestrooms, suites, public areas, and restaurants is planned.
Stonehill & Taylor created the architecture and design concept for the renovation, which will be primarily using locally sourced construction elements and textiles that celebrate Minnesota's milling industry, while the Scandinavian heritage of the area serves as an inspiration for both the lobby and the guestroom design.
When completed, the highlight of the lobby is a stone fireplace framed by wooden logs. Surrounding the fireplace will be a sunken-living room with split-timber walls and furniture, light fixtures, and carpeting in earth tones. Natural materials like wood and yarn will be integrated to give a handmade feel to the furnishings. The check-in area will include individual reception pods.
The renovation will also bring new food and beverage concepts, including a 360-degree lobby bar.
After the redesign, each of the 533 rooms will include the trademarked Hyatt Grand Bed with leather headboards, linens and window coverings, wool throws, and navy blue carpeting. New living room furniture will consist of leather chairs and walnut desks. “Green” wastebaskets in each guestroom have built-in recycling compartments. The guestrooms will feature original artwork by Matt Ollig, Dennis Ekstedt, and Mark Khaisman.
The remodeled guest bathrooms will be highlighted by gray wall coverings, dark tile flooring, new lighting, and Scandinavian-style mirrors. Guestroom corridors will receive new carpeting and lighting, and will feature artwork by artist Rosemary Dumar.