Jim Hamilton, Stonehill & Taylor help renovate Radisson Blu Minneapolis

Radisson Blu completed the multimillion-dollar transformation of the Radisson Plaza Hotel Minneapolis into the new Radisson Blu Minneapolis. The hotel has over 360 rooms, 29,000 square feet of new and flexible meeting and event space, 24-hour business center, Business Class by Radisson Lounge and the updated FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar.

This hotel marks the fourth Radisson Blu in North America, located in the heart of Downtown Minneapolis.

The new Radisson Blu Minneapolis is located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis at 7th Street, one half-block from Nicollet Mall. This location places the hotel within walking distance to the city's main attractions, including top boutiques, the theater district, and the business district, as well as Target Field, Target Center, and the Minneapolis Convention Center.

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Jim Hamilton, the designer from Graven Images based in the United Kingdom, known for his work on Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago, Radisson Blu Mall of America and Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel, Philadelphia, was tasked with maintaining the historical significance of the property while also elevating it to modern style of the Radisson Blu brand. Graven partnered with New York City-based Stonehill & Taylor on all aspects interior design and architecture of the property.

The firms enhanced the hotel porte-cochère, a unique physical attribution to Minneapolis architecture, by introducing theater-inspired canopies along the entrance adorned in tiny LED lights. The atrium affords interior views up to 18 floors high and is the most architecturally significant aspect of the hotel. Additionally, the mixing of avant-garde lighting with different textures and colors found in the furniture and objects in the space provide an element of surprise. A TV installation serves as the lobby's focal point, covering an entire wall, the first of its kind, along with a white Krion table directly below the atrium box with a white dome hanging overhead taking the spotlight. The project was managed by The John Hardy Group out of Atlanta.

Radisson Blu Minneapolis offers a series of signature room types. Each room features a design aesthetic reflective of Scandinavian simplicity. Subtle nods to Minneapolis and its cultural ties are found throughout the artwork in each room, completing the ambiance. All of the guestrooms and suites offer complimentary high-speed Internet, HDTV, in-room safe, mini-fridge, desk space and This Works bath amenities.

All aspects of the function space from boardrooms to ballrooms received a complete redesign. Located on the second and third floors, with access to the lobby, the meeting spaces provide flow for events both large and small, with over 29,000 square feet of space, including one 7,000 square foot ballroom and 22 meeting rooms with outdoor views and natural lighting.

FireLake restaurant, helmed by executive chef Jim Kyndberg, also underwent a complete renovation and redesign, and received an updated menu. Much like its sister restaurant at Radisson Blu Mall of America, FireLake uses reclaimed wood from Minnesota barns, cozy lighting and an overall rustic elegance.

The hotel originally opened in 1909 and marks the first hotel for the Radisson brand.