Northland Inn announces second phase of renovation

29th January 2012 (Last Updated January 29th, 2012 18:30)

Northland Inn Hotel and Conference Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, US, managed by StepStone Hospitality, has announced the launch of the second phase of its $24m renovation.

Northland Inn Hotel and Conference Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, US, managed by StepStone Hospitality, has announced the launch of the second phase of its $24m renovation.

The 230-room hotel has completed most of its exterior renovation work and is undergoing an extensive upgrade prior to becoming the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest during summer 2012.

As part of exterior renovations, new limestone and granite stonework and ornamental metalwork have been added to the porte cochere.

Upgrades to the outside of the building also include the addition of a new roof, replacing damaged bricks, adding new exterior lighting and painting the building exterior.

According to Northland Inn, the next phase of renovations will include guest rooms and meeting space.

The hotel has 33,000ft2 of meeting space for up to 600 guests and once the renovations are complete it will offer three ballrooms, a 140-seat amphitheatre, an executive board room and 25 meeting breakout rooms.

Changes will also include adding Marriott’s signature front-desk reception pods, expanding the fitness centre, creating a new restaurant concept and adding a third ballroom.

StepStone Hospitality CEO Thomas Russo said: "This is the first major exterior upgrade since the hotel opened in 1990, so it is a very exciting time for everyone."

The hotel will remain open during the renovations.

The hotel was purchased in October 2010 by a joint venture between Rhode Island-based Hotel Asset Value Enhancement (hotelAVE) and an institutional investment fund sub advised by Long Wharf Real Estate Partners.

StepStone Hospitality, hotelAVE’s sister company, took over management of Northland Inn in late 2010.