Rising 36 storeys above the city and firmly rooted in its dynamic downtown, the all-new Four Seasons Hotel Minneapolis is now open – here’s what we know…
With a vision to welcome both travellers and the local Twin Cities community, the new Four Seasons Hotel Minneapolis, part of a comprehensive 2022 pipeline, has opened the door to its 222 spacious guestrooms, all with unobstructed and inspiring views; new dining concepts by local award-winning chef and restaurateur Gavin Kaysen; an expansive event space, and an entire floor dedicated to wellness and fun – complete with an evolving and sustainable spa, an indoor pool with floor-to-ceiling windows, and an outdoor pool on the city’s largest terrace.
“From the beginning, this project has been envisioned as much more than a hotel. It’s a gathering place for the local community as much as a place for visitors to stay,” said Christian Clerc, Four Seasons President – Hotels and Resorts. “Working with our esteemed owner-partners United Properties, whose commitment to their home city continues to inspire us, our passionate team is proud to offer elevated service and style in this important centre of business, leisure, culture and community.”
With community commitment as one of its core values, Four Seasons Hotel Minneapolis will be contributing 3,500 hours per year to the local community, with a focus on downtown restoration efforts, social justice programs and health and wellness initiatives. Additionally, the hotel prioritises local sourcing as well as energy, water and waste reduction, which includes eliminating single-use plastics from the guest experience.
Located high above the city on the building’s 23rd to 30th floors, 183 guestrooms and 39 suites give way to sweeping skyline and river views from floor-to-ceiling windows. Smallwood, the interior designers of the Hotel’s public spaces and accommodations, complemented each offering with bright and calming colours, crisp linens, marble table tops set against woollen carpets and wood panels accented by brass details.
“The lavish 30th-floor Presidential Suite is our most stunning accommodation,” said Dawn Turbes, the Hotel’s Director of Sales. “It is perfect for a family or entertaining with its full kitchen, two bar areas and up to three bedrooms – but our River-View Executive Suites are proving to be very popular too. With open layouts, they’re studio-style suites that feel both intimate and spacious at the same time, thanks to sweeping city and river views in two directions.”
In partnership with Four Seasons, award winning local chef and restaurateur Gavin Kaysen has created two new Mediterranean-inspired dining concepts: Mara, an every-occasion restaurant and bar, and Socca, a cheerful street-front café. Offering restorative experiences at the intersection of land, sea and craftsmanship, menu offerings are rooted in Chef Kaysen’s travels through the south of France and skills honed during his time working alongside Michelin-starred Chef Daniel Boulud. The Hotel’s third dining option is an oasis of sunshine and socialising. Located on the fourth-floor pool plaza, Riva Terrace invites guests to enjoy aperitivo hour and coastal Italian cuisine by Executive Chef Martín Morelli. With views of the city skyline, it’s a nearly year-round destination for locals and visitors alike thanks to heating elements, a hot tub and cosy fire tables. Beverage Director Adam Witherspoon and sommelier Paul Hennessy further elevate these dining destinations as well as Twin Cities makers, brewers, distillers, and crafters through their Mediterranean-meets-Minnesota cocktail enterprise and global wine program. In addition to food and beverage pairings, global design leaders AvroKO complete the dining experience with reflections of both the Mediterranean coast and countryside as well as Minnesota’s mill history and continued commitment to industry and innovation.
Open to both hotel guests and day visitors, The Spa at Four Seasons presents signature rituals for body and soul inspired by Minnesota’s natural beauty. Director of Spa LeAnne Latham’s nourishment-through- nature concept includes experiences both indulgent and effective, such as the Honey Haven Ritual featuring a full body scrub and body wrap following by a pampering massage. Evolving with the seasons, spa experiences are enhanced through the creative reuse of florals and with natural, plant-based and cruelty-free products. The full floor wellness facilities also include an indoor pool; sauna, steam and cold plunge; and relaxation lounge with private spaces. The 24-hour, naturally lit, Harley Pasternak designed fitness facility is stocked with state-of-the-art equipment by TRX, LifeFitness, Peloton and Tonal.
In addition, the hotel offers ten unique event venues, including the city’s largest outdoor terrace. Every room and event space boasts up-to-the-minute technologies and neutral décor, offering maximum flexibility for wedding couples, hosts and planners to make each space their own.
“The epitome of elegance and style, our event spaces feature natural colours, discrete recessed lighting and ceiling rigging points to personalise celebrations and make what guests dream of a reality,” said Director of Events Noelia Roblero. “Plus, every room is filled with natural light, and all indoor venues are located on the skyway level, offering direct access to our vibrant downtown.”
Four Seasons Hotel Minneapolis is also home to 34 fully serviced Four Seasons Private Residences on its uppermost floors.
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