After a 5-month renovation, Millennium Hotel re-emerges in MPLS

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For nearly a half a year, passersby on the tail end of Nicollet Mall have had to walk with care around the construction consuming the Millennium Hotel in downtown Minneapolis. Now the hotel has re-opened and emerged as a veteran player in the crowded Minneapolis hotel scene.

Finance and Commerce reports that the Millennium, after five months and $22 million, is the "newest player" for upscale hotels in the city, even though it's been around since 1963.

Earlier this month, F&C reported on the re-opening of the hotel, after upgrades to the hotel's 321 guest rooms, 22,000 square feet of meeting space, the lobby, restaurant, pool and its heating and cooling systems. The pad, which closed temporarily in December, is big and bad and back in business, the paper reports, highlighting a project "that updates nearly every part of the building except an iconic 14th-floor dome overlooking the Minneapolis skyline."

One of Singapore-based Millennium Hotel and Resorts’ 15 North American properties, according to Finance and Commerce, the Minneapolis location completed its last major renovation in 2002 and a partial upgrade in 2007.

The parent company is paying for the work, but building is still owned by Minneapolis businessman Marty Capp and remains the only hotel the Millennium does not own. The paper says that Sanders Ackerberg, Capp’s friend and a Minneapolis architect, designed the hotel, which was initially called “Capp Towers Hotel."

The renovation aspired to remake a “warm and inviting” interior,with a regional character that would tell the story of Minnesota.

“We tried to tell the story of the community and the region,” one project principle tells F&C. “They [the Millennium chain] want their hotels to tell stories and we hope this will be an example of what can be done.”

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