RSP Architects renovates Millennium Hotel Minneapolis

Millennium Hotel Minneapolis, a landmark in downtown Minneapolis for the past 50 years, re-opened after more than $22 million in renovations throughout the property. The hotel, which had a soft opening in April 2012, closed in December 2012 to undergo a complete transformation.

The hotel has been remodeled from top to bottom including all 321 guestrooms and public spaces. Guest ooms now offer a modern and refined look with upgraded technology and amenities. In addition, there is now a club floor and lounge allowing guests to conduct business in a private setting. A new food and beverage concept, North 45 restaurant and bar features local craft beers and regionally influenced cuisine. Throughout the hotel's 22,000 square feet of function space, including two ballrooms, expect contemporary designs with audiovisual capabilities and lighting.

The regional character of Minnesota inspired the new design and layout of the hotel, created by Minneapolis-based firm RSP Architects. Local materials were brought in to evoke the surrounding area, including extensive use of Kasota Stone, which is also used in many of downtown Minneapolis' famous buildings. White marble and birch bark were used for the columns, making them reminiscent of a birch forest, while Corten steel added texture to various elements of the building, reflecting the taconite found along the North Shore. In addition, the warm woods and leathers bring visitors back to the days of the Mills along the river.

Millennium Hotel Minneapolis has been a landmark in downtown since first opening in 1963 as Capp Towers. Its dome launched it to national fame, highlighted in the July 26, 1963 issue of Life Magazine. Millennium Hotel Minneapolis is located on downtown's Nicollet Mall, within minutes of the city's sporting venues, theaters, museums and other cultural venues. It is connected directly adjacent to the Minneapolis Convention Center via an enclosed skyway. The property has 22,000 square feet of flexible meeting and banquet space that can accommodate groups up to 700, including the "Dome" banquet room offering a panoramic skyline view of Minneapolis. Other aspects of the hotel include North 45 Restaurant and Bar, fitness suite and indoor heated pool with sauna. Convenient access to the Mall of America, the nation's largest retail and entertainment complex, is available.

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