Graves Hospitality to Build Minnesota’s First Full-Service Airport Hotel
- Mar 23, 2015
By Ioana Neamt, Associate Editor
The Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) has awarded Graves Hospitality the sole right to own, develop and manage the state’s first full-service hotel at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. According to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, the board chose Graves over Mortenson Development and Morrissey Hospitality in a unanimous decision.
Graves is working on the project alongside Denver-based PCL Construction, Intercontinental Real Estate Corp. and Minneapolis native RSP Architects. The company will enter into a long-term ground lease on the parcel right next to the U.S. Postal Service Facility near Lindbergh Terminal, according to a news release.
The nine-story, 300-room hotel is slated for completion before the 2018 NFL Super Bowl in downtown Minneapolis. The luxury hotel will feature a $9.5 million skyway connecting it directly to a security gate at the airport’s Concourse C, and will have its own security checkpoint, MPR News reports. The hotel brand will be announced in the coming months.
“The hotel’s positioning offers the best of both worlds,” said Benjamin Graves, president & CEO of Graves Hospitality. “Easy access for both vehicles arriving locally and travelers coming from the airport means this hotel — with its beautiful spa, destination dining and exceptional meeting/event spaces — will be a very valuable asset for both travelers and the local community.”
Located in Hennepin County, just 10 miles from both downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul, MSP International Airport is the largest and busiest airport in the upper Midwest region of the country, which includes Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
Rendering courtesy of Graves Hospitality.