Last month, Hyatt Regency Minneapolis celebrated the completion of its $25 million renovation. Today, we're taking you behind the scenes to share the hotel's cool new look.
The architecture and design firm Stonehill & Taylor wanted their new designs to infuse an authentic Minnesotan feel. Many of the materials used in the hotel were locally sourced, from the pottery pieces in guestrooms to the granite used in bathroom counter tops. The new color scheme in guestrooms reflects Minnesota's 10,000 lakes, and each room includes print of the Minneapolis cityscape at night by artist Dennis Ekstedt, who is known for his powerful images of city grids.
The lobby's most popular new feature is a huge stone fireplace framed by wooden logs, was inspired by Minnesota's rustic past but also has a modern feel. The new lobby's open floor plan and many seating options - including a log that's been turned into a bench - make it an "inviting gathering place," according to General Manager Randy Thompson. Above the reception desk there's a 60-foot map of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers that's stitched together with Post-It notes, which were actually invented in Minneapolis!
Also new is a restaurant, Prairie Kitchen & Bar, which focuses on local and seasonal food that evokes Minnesota's Scandinavian and farming heritage. Dishes include Smoked Trout Cakes, Wild Rice Bratwurst, and with a "Create Your Own" dish that offers a selection of cured or smoked meats and fishes, pickled vegetables and cheeses. There's also a selection of local beers on tap.
Guests and associates alike are so excited about Hyatt Regency Minneapolis' new look, so next time you're in the Midwest, check it out for yourself!