St. Paul's Crowne Plaza to become an InterContinental hotel

The Twin Cities will get an InterContinental Hotel this summer when the hotel's owner, Mille Lacs Band, rebrands the Crowne Plaza Riverfront Hotel in downtown St. Paul after an upgrade, the St. Paul Star Tribune reports.

The move was announced Tuesday by Melanie Benjamin, the band’s CEO. The band last year purchased the Crowne Plaza and the DoubleTree by Hilton — representing about half the hotel rooms in St. Paul.

“We have signed a deal to upgrade the Crowne Plaza in St. Paul to an InterContinental Hotel, which will move this hotel into the luxury category,” Benjamin said.

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The band plans to make over each room and the hotel’s common areas with new furniture and fixtures. The property will become an InterContinental when three-fourths of the rooms are finished some time this summer.

InterContinental is the luxury brand of the InterContinental Hotels Group.

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