Expansions & Renovations

The Marquette Hotel Completes $25 Million Renovation and Conversion to Curio Collection by Hilton

MINNEAPOLIS, MN. August 22, 2017 – The Marquette Hotel, is thrilled to announce the completion of a $25 million transformation and conversion to Curio Collection by Hilton. With this conversion, The Marquette Hotel marks Curio Collection’s first hotel in Minnesota.

Located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis at 710 Marquette Avenue, the hotel’s redesign and conversion is focused on showcasing the history of Minneapolis while paying homage to the explorer, Jacques Marquette, with whom the hotel earns its name and location. With proximity to Target Field, Target Center, Orpheum Theatre, and Orchestra Hall, the hotel’s neighborhood is central to the bustling tourism and business neighborhoods. Known for its classic approach to style and service, the renovation marks the next chapter for the lauded property.

A full redesign serves as the backdrop to the 282-completely updated rooms as well as a new lobby, food & beverage outlets, public spaces and more. “We are absolutely thrilled to bring the new Marquette Hotel, Curio Collection to life with the August 7th completion,” said Neville Erasmus, general manager of Marquette Hotel. “True to Curio and our new Marquette brand, we are activating a completely new value proposition which pays homage to the history and landmarks of Minneapolis. Our goal is to open a new hotel that provides truly memorable experiences within a modern, luxurious environment.”

As a hotel that is part of Curio Collection, The Marquette Hotel maintains its independent spirit while also offering the services and consistency of Hilton.

The Marquette Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton, is owned by JMI Realty and managed by HEI Hotels and Resorts, located at 710 Marquette Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55042. For more information, visit www.marquette.curio.com or call 612-333-4545.

About Marquette Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton

Marquette Hotel is located at the corner of Marquette Avenue and 7th Street in the heart of downtown, Minneapolis, conveniently located two blocks from the Nicollet Light Rail Station and nearby shopping and theatre offerings. The 282-room, 12-story, luxury hotel hosts 25,000-square feet of flexible meeting and event space. After being recently renovated and transitioning to Curio Collection by HiltonTM brand, the hotel displays its historic roots with a new modern look, paying homage to the explorer, Jacques Marquette, with whom the hotel earns its name and location. To give guests a sense of what Minneapolis offers and staying true to the history of exploration that’s ingrained in the hotel, guests are offered “Explore Concierge Services” – tailored outings that take into accounts the guests interests and could include: personalized shopping services, recreational experiences, distilling adventures and more. In addition, the property offers complimentary amenities including a 24-hour fitness center, 24-hour room service and 24-hour business center and amenities for purchase that include in-room massages, pet-friendly services, sleep concierge offerings, and a sundry filled with snacks and toiletry items​.​ Guests can dine at the hotel’s signature restaurant, Jacques’, offering a seasonal Italian-Mediterranean cuisine and Jolliet House that features a tasteful breakfast menu, lounge, and flexible dining options. For more information, connect with Marquette Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton on facebook.com/MarquetteHotel and twitter.com/MarquetteHotel.

About Curio Collection by Hilton

Curio Collection by Hilton (curiocollection.com), launched in 2014, is a global portfolio of more than 35 remarkable, upper upscale hotels and resorts handpicked for their unique character and personality. Curio Collection properties appeal to travelers seeking one-of-a-kind discoveries and authentic experiences, all backed by Hilton (NYSE: HLT) and its award-winning Hilton Honors program. Read the latest Curio Collection stories at news.curiocollection.com, discover Curio Collection destinations through Cities by Curio itineraries at citiesbycurio.com and connect with the collection on facebook.com/curiocollection, instagram.com/curiocollection and twitter.com/curiocollection.

Contact:
Stephanie Mann
stephanie@lolared.com
612.333.1723

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