Omni Viking Lakes Hotel honors Minnesota's Nordic heritage

The hotel opens Oct. 1 at the Minnesota Vikings training facility in Eagan.
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A rendering of the first-floor lobby. 

A rendering of the first-floor lobby. 

Minnesota's first Omni Hotel will feature Nordic-inspired amenities and experiences when it opens in Eagan on Oct. 1. 

The Omni Viking Lakes Hotel gives a nod to the Vikings and Minnesota's connection to Nordic heritage in all aspects of the hotel, from food to spa experiences. 

“Omni Viking Lakes Hotel was developed around the idea of honoring the strength and spirit of the Vikings, a group of Norsemen who have influenced the culture of Minnesota greatly,” Brent Glashan, general manager of Omni Viking Lakes Hotel said in a statement. “Subtle nods to their history, relentlessness and innovation are seen throughout the hotel in a modern way, including our four unique food & beverage concepts and throughout the spa experience.”

Among the highlights of the 320-room hotel: four new food and beverage concepts, retail space and a spa with Nordic flare. 

The Idlewild Spa features thermotherapy that originated in Finland in which people cycle between hot treatments and cold treatments, as well as a Nordic Revival Ritual with purification treatments that are designed to detoxify and restore the skin's hydration levels, and a strength and fortification massage that was created for athletes and for fast recovery. 

Retail space at Copper and Thistle, located at the new hotel, will feature products that are "fashionable and functional in the pursuit of being warm and cozy," according to a news release. Products are hand-selected from local designers and purveyors. 

The food scene will include Kyndred Hearth, a restaurant from James Beard award-winning chef Ann Kim; Ember & Ice, the "most stylish" dining area at the hotel, which will offer a lounge experience with premium cocktails; Keras Bar, located in the lobby, will feature "functional, communal workspace and a lounge area with the comforts of a living room"; and Ten Drops, a modern, stylish coffee bar and market. 

Omni will also have six two-story Hospitality Lounges that feature a dining room table/poker table, fireplace and windows and a full kitchen. These lounges were designed for Minnesota Vikings players for extended stays, such as when they're at training camp at the adjacent practice facility.  

"The lounges are cozy, but refined and stately, featuring natural tones that include icy blues and greys, matching the Nordic design of the overall hotel," the release said. 

The amenities at the hotel will be available to hotel guests and the public. 

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