There are new accommodations at Grand View Lodge in the form of a 60-room hotel. North opened in July as part of Grand View’s $55 million expansion and perfectly embodies the area’s northern charm and aesthetic.
“Guests of all kinds have been staying at the resort and making memories for generations, so we wanted to take a new spin on the resort’s rustic charm and offer a unique setting and atmosphere for meetings, event spaces and lodging accommodations,” says General Manager Mark Ronnei.
Designed by Brainerd-based architect Nor-Son and interior design firm Looney & Associates, North is a prime example of biophilic design, with its architectural framework and interior design that connects guests to the natural world. At check-in, guests are greeted at the red oak desk with a stunning granite overlay. The lobby features a large sectional sofa centered around a stone fireplace, while floor-to-ceiling windows blur the line between indoor and outdoor. Dramatic chandeliers hang from the lobby’s ceiling, and the décor throughout is upscale cabin, featuring bold colors and an abundance of textures and layers in the carpeting, wallpaper and upholstery. The meeting spaces at North, likewise, are a breath of fresh air, featuring the same design elements that mimic nature.
The 60 guest rooms embrace the Danish cultural phenomenon of hygge (which loosely translates to cozy in English), with sliding glass doors that open to the outside and handsome books and decorative tchotchkes lining the shelves. Each room features a warm sitting area and workspace, open closet, and 49-inch flat-screen TV with pairing technology to connect to streaming apps.
Brew, located in the main lobby, serves coffee and small bites in the morning and wine and cocktails in the evening. Tucked in the middle of the first floor is The Reflection Room, which features various seating options to lounge, host a breakout session or entertain with a private chef dinner, wine or beer tasting.
The hotel is located within walking distance to the main lodge and a stone’s throw from NorthPark, the resort’s new recreation center that, on top of an indoor and outdoor pool and fitness and yoga rooms, features a 36-person outdoor hot tub that is open year-round. A new cornhole stadium and small putting green is located on NorthPark’s outdoor premises, too, providing unique team-building or meeting break activities to attendees.
North guests also have access to Grand View’s amenities, including on-site restaurants and access to the resort’s water activities (like the seriously fun banana tubing).