We first wrote about the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis on Nicollet Mall changing hands last spring. At the time, a $25 million renovation was announced for the 533-room property.
That renovation of guestrooms, suites, public areas and restaurants, begins in full force this month, with completion set for late spring of next year.
Hyatt Regency’s news release on Friday is so painstakingly detailed, your blogger felt compelled to share much of it.
The renovation, the release says, will pay homage to Minnesota heritage with a mid-century Scandinavian design in the lobby – including a giant fireplace framed with “rustic wooden logs.”
Guestrooms will feature Red Wing stoneware and textiles that celebrate the state’s “famous milling industry.” The description even gets down to the “leather headboards, luxurious linens and window coverings, soft wool throws, and plush navy blue carpeting.”
It gets better. The guestrooms will be adorned with original artwork such as an image of the “Gold Medal Flour building overlooking the Mississippi River by local artist Matt Ollig, a dark blue and white aerial view of Minneapolis by Dennis Ekstedt, and a modern rendering of Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman created by Mark Khaisman, who used Minnesota-based 3M masking tape as his medium for the piece.”
The hallways will be “representative of Minnesota’s thousands of lakes and rivers with subtle blue hues set against beige, representing the horizon line where water meets the sky.” The artwork will be by local artist, Rosemary Dumar -- a conceptual take on the state’s natural geography.
And the bathrooms? Light-gray wall coverings, dark tile flooring, “subtle” lighting and Scandinavian-style mirrors. The granite will hail from Cold Spring Granite, a Minnesota company (of course).
Janet Moore covers commercial real estate for the Star Tribune.