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Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group Announces The Opening of Radisson Blu Mall of America

Radisson returns home with North America’s next Radisson Blu hotel adjacent to nation’s largest shopping and entertainment attraction.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012
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Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
Global hospitality company

Opening in March 2013, Radisson Blu Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn. marks the next North American location for the upper upscale Radisson Blu brand. The hotel features 500 fashion-inspired guestrooms, 26,300 square feet of meeting and event space, a state-of-the-art fitness center with an indoor pool, as well as FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar, which features regional Minnesota cuisine inspired by the flavors of real burning wood. As a destination itself, Radisson Blu Mall of America serves as an experience within a hotel; the hotel offers the only accommodations directly connected to Mall of America®, the country’s largest indoor entertainment center and shopping mall that attracts over 40 million visitors from around the world every year.

“Radisson Blu Mall of America expands Radisson Blu’s footprint in North America and serves as the much anticipated next step in our Ambition 2015 growth strategy,” said Thorsten Kirschke, president, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Americas. “With its Yes I Can! ® service philosophy, well-appointed accommodations and unmatched amenities, the hotel provides a welcomed addition to our portfolio of hotels in the brand’s hometown where it all began in 1962.”

The Radisson Blu Mall of America is located within minutes of the Minneapolis/St. Paul International airport, conveniently connected to downtown Minneapolis via the Metro Transit Light Rail commuter system and a short drive from the State Capitol in downtown St. Paul.

Construction of the USD 137.5 million Radisson Blu Mall of America began in May 2011 by Mortenson, a U.S.-based privately-held construction services company. Carlson and Mortenson are equity partners in the hotel, which will pursue LEED Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council once it opens its doors this spring.

The hotel’s many features include:

Guestrooms & Suites
Perfect for business and pleasure alike, the Radisson Blu Mall of America offers three styles of guestrooms to suit every palate. Twenty-nine “Mansion House” suites with a warm ‘clubby’ aura feature spacious bedrooms and bathrooms, complete with contemporary amenities. Fifty-four “Naturally Cool” business class rooms feature natural wood flooring and metal accents with sweeping views of the neighborhood and include complimentary morning breakfast and evening hors d’oeuvres, among other Business Class By Radisson® amenities designed exclusively for business class guests. In addition, 417 “Urban” standard rooms, offer a unique, color-splashed, edgy and modern atmosphere at the most affordable pricing. Every guestroom features a mini-fridge, a coffeemaker, a laptop-sized safe for valuables, and complimentary wireless Internet access.

Design & Decor
Graven Images’ Jim Hamilton, the award-winning designer who conceived of the interior plans for the much lauded Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago, offers an edgy, fashion-forward aesthetic with chic, modern Midwestern appeal. On either side of the entryway to the hotel, tiny backlit windows conjure up an artful interpretation of fireflies on a Minnesota summer’s night. Upon entering the hotel, guests are greeted by a stunning lobby space featuring an en-vogue black and white color palate accented with deep blue, as well as distinct lighting features, clean-lined seating, and contemporary glass paneling. The back wall of the two-story lobby resembles tissue paper in a shopping bag, while the lobby rug brings the space a mod version of the topography of the Minnesota lakes. The lobby’s centerpiece is a distinct beehive-like seating arrangement, which is suspended off the ground. Honoring the skyways that connect much of downtown Minneapolis, the hotel features its own Sky Bridge that connects the hotel to Mall of America® as well a sky bridge that joins the hotel’s meeting spaces and provides views of the lobby and arrival plaza.

Shopping Program
Complementing the hotel’s unique location, the Radisson Blu will launch a shopping program for guests looking for an elevated shopping experience while in town. From a dedicated concierge, personal shopper, bag pick-up, unique packages and access to the over 500 specialty shops, the program will offer a tailored itinerary for any guests who seek a range of experiences from the simple to lavish.

Conference and Private Functions
From corporate business meetings to fundraising events and weddings, the Radisson Blu Mall of America showcases more than 26,300 square feet of meeting and event space. The hotel accommodates functions from 10 to 1,000 guests in two well-appointed ballrooms and 17 flexible event spaces. The hotel is poised to make meetings truly memorable by joining with its Mall of America® partners to offer coffee breaks and receptions amidst the SeaLife Aquarium® sealife and Nickelodeon Universe® roller coasters rides.

FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar
Serving up Minnesota-centric fare by executive chef Paul Lynch, FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar goes above and beyond a typical hotel restaurant, offering modern yet comfortable décor, a chic bar area, a craft cocktail list, and deluxe desserts. At the end of the meal, guests will have gained an understanding of the region. “It’s an indigenous experience,” the chef says. “Guests who come in will leave knowing what Minnesota food with a fresh twist is all about.”

Opening Hotel Rates
Beginning in early December 2012, special opening promotional rates will start at USD 129 per night for an “Urban” standard room to USD 379 per night for a “Mansion House” Suite. Guests can book rooms by visiting http://www.radisson.com/bloomington-hotel-mn-55425/usablma.

“We’re offering the one-of-a-kind experience of being connected to the entertainment, stores and dining of Mall of America®,” General Manager Harry Gorstayn says. “Once you arrive, you’ll have everything you need at your fingertips without ever having to leave.”

About Radisson Blu Mall of America
Marking the second Radisson Blu in North America, the Radisson Blu Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn is set to open in the spring of 2013. The hotel, attached to the famed Mall of America®, will offer a dedicated shopping program, Minnesota-centric FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar and spacious accommodations suitable for business and leisure travelers.

http://www.radisson.com/bloomington-hotel-mn-55425/usablma or call 1 (952) 881-5258

About Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group – born in early 2012 – is one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel groups. The portfolio of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group includes more than 1,300 hotels, a global footprint spanning 81 countries and territories and a powerful set of global brands (Radisson Blu, Radisson®, Park Plaza®, Park Inn by Radisson, Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM and Hotel Missoni). In most of the group’s hotels, guests can benefit from the loyalty program Club CarlsonSM, one of the most rewarding loyalty programs in the world. Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and its brands employ more than 80,000 people.

About Mortenson
Mortenson is a U. S.-based, privately-held construction services company. As one of the nation’s top builders, Mortenson provides a complete range of services, including planning, program management, preconstruction, general contracting, construction management, design-build, and development. Mortenson has offices in Chicago, Denver, Madison, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Portland, and Seattle with international operations in Canada and China. www.mortenson.com

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