• Embassy Suites by Hilton Minneapolis Downtown Wins Hilton Award

     
    POSTED July 9, 2017
     

At the Hilton's 2016 Development Awards, the Embassy Suites by Hilton Minneapolis Downtown was awarded the New Build/Adaptive Reuse of the Year award. HRI Properties, LLC were the developers for the $110 million conversion of the Plymouth Building into the Embassy Suites by Hilton Minneapolis Downtown, with hotel design firm The Gettys Group and Design-Builder Ryan Companies US. Inc. collaborating on the project. The Embassy Suites Minneapolis was honored because it met and exceeded the Hilton brand and quality standards while also influencing its community.

The Plymouth Building, which is now the home of the Embassy Suites, was known as the world's biggest all-reinforced concrete office building when it was constructed; it was recognized on the National Register of Historic Places in 2014. Honoring the Plymouth Building's status, the Embassy Suites preserved the original Beaux-Arts architecture through tall entry doors, granite staircases, marble guestroom hallways, and large guest room windows. While preserving the history of the building, the hotel encompasses many modern amenities such as a 2,000-square-foot fitness center, on-site heated parking, 9,000 square feet of meeting space including a 3,600-square-foot ballroom, as well as a large lobby bar and Lyon's Pub next door. In addition to on-site amenities, the Suites are located in the Business and Warehouse District, and are directly linked through the skyway system to provide easy access to other restaurants, offices, shops, nightlife, Target Field and Target Center.

“HRI Properties is honored to be recognized on an international level for our transformational work with The Embassy Suites Minneapolis Downtown," says Tom Leonhard, CEO at HRI Properties. "Breathing new life into the iconic Plymouth Building by creating this beautiful hotel elevates the urban experience in downtown Minneapolis. We succeeded in updating the building from a design perspective while being respectful of the building’s original architectural features. It’s nice to know that our peers within Hilton think so too."

Some 35,000 people of Native American heritage call the Twin Cities home, and sites across the area have indigenous cultural roots.

Since winning the 2022 James Beard Best New Restaurant in the nation, Owamni by the Sioux Chef in Minneapolis has brought Native American cuisine to the forefront of fine dining in the eyes of foodies. It is one of many indigenous businesses in the Twin Cities. 

 

Explore Minnesota Tourism is accepting nominations for the agency’s tourism awards through Jan. 10, 2023. The awards honor people, marketing campaigns, and other initiatives that promote Minnesota as a destination.

To be considered for an award, a form must be submitted for each nomination. Explore Minnesota Tourism requests specific details about each nomination, i.e., goals, results, return on investment figures, accomplishments, etc. Supporting documents and creative elements help the Explore Minnesota Awards Committee score each submission.

 

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