International Airport Hotel

US-based Graves Hospitality has released concept renderings of a new luxury hotel to be developed at the Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport.

The company has secured approval from the Metropolitan Airports Commission to own, develop, and manage the new 300-room hotel, hopes to enter a 40-year ground lease on the parcel adjacent to the US Postal Service facility located on the roadway to Lindbergh Terminal.

Graves Hospitality president and CEO Benjamin Graves said: “The hotel’s positioning offers the best of both worlds.

“Easy access for both vehicles arriving locally and travellers 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.”

The planned nine-storey luxury hotel has a glass facade featuring local stone such as Kasota and other materials from Minnesota. It has been designed to generate reflections across the building. Inside the hotel, the developer plans to use local artists and elements.

“The hotel’s positioning offers the best of both worlds.”

The hotel will also have a skyway connecting directly to a security gate at Concourse C. The connection is expected to cost $9.5m.

It will feature amenities such as a spa, a destination restaurant, meeting spaces, observation deck bar and lounge and a parking ramp below.

The project still needs to obtain approval from the Federal Aviation Administration for its height.

In addition to Graves, other partners for the project include RSP Architects of Minneapolis, PCL Construction, and Graves equity partner Intercontinental Real Estate.

The hotel is slated to open before the 2018 NFL Super Bowl in downtown Minneapolis and the brand has yet to be announced.

Image: Preliminary rendering of Minneapolis / St Paul International Airport Hotel. Photo: courtesy of RSP Architects.