Known for its classic approach to style and service, the renovation will mark the next chapter for the lauded property. Credit: Curio Collection by Hilton

MINNEAPOLIS - The Marquette Hotel, is thrilled to announce the $25 million transformation and conversion to Curio Collection by HiltonTM, a global portfolio of remarkable hotels handpicked for their unique character and personality, appealing to curious travelers seeking authentic experiences. With this conversion, The Marquette Hotel will mark Curio Collection's first hotel in Minnesota. Hotel renovations are set to be complete end of May with transition to Curio Collection late June 2017.

Located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis at 710 Marquette Avenue, the hotel's redesign and conversion will be 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 will mark the next chapter for the lauded property. A full redesign by Mark Zeff Design will serve as the backdrop to the 282-completely updated rooms as well as a new lobby, food & beverage outlets, public spaces and more.

"The Marquette Hotel, is situated perfectly for travelers looking to experience the best of what this area has to offer," said John Wright, director of sales and marketing for Marquette Hotel. "The renovations will enhance this property's rich history complemented by modern amenities while ensuring our signature service and authentic experience remains intact."

"We are extremely excited to reveal the newly remodeled Marquette Hotel to the public," stated Gregory Clay, President of JMI Realty. "The new modern look will update the hotel, but still retain the unique historic details which have made the hotel stand apart from the rest for over 40 years.  While remaining in the Hilton Family, we are also excited to become part of the Curio Collection by Hilton, a brand that elevates our status and provides the guest with an even more personal experience."

The Perfect Marriage of History & Modernity

The Marquette tasked Mark Zeff of Mark Zeff Design with the opportunity to maintain the grandeur of the Marquette with a newfound style and luxury new to the Minneapolis market. The result is an effortless marriage of the history and heritage of the city with a new modern thoughtfulness. Beautiful layers of deep gray, charcoal and vibrant blue tones create a stylish look, showcasing a timeless design that is contemporary and sleek.

The lobby features the brand's signature open-concept spaces and a carefully selected collection of inviting furnishings, modern designs and textures that evoke the feeling of a well-curated art gallery. Ambient lighting and cozy seating invites travelers to relax in chic surroundings, while also creating an effortless space in which to conduct a business meeting or connect with friends over cocktails. Each Curio Collection by HiltonTM hotel is part of the fabric of the destination it calls home.

Every one of the 282-guestrooms and suites have been updated to incorporate monochromatic themes, with clean lines and hardwood floors with soft wood accents of marble and crisp white linens are used to craft a look that's both refined and elegant. The guestrooms offer the guest a tranquil retreat with spacious facilities and amenities including a seating/lounge area, incredible views, large windows, grand bathroom, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf products, mini-fridge, robes, slippers, safes, Acca Kappa and Archive bath amenities as well as a unique entrance area with closet and dressing space. Room categories include: Standard, Junior Suite, One Bedroom Suite, Presidential Suite and the Foshay Suite that range in size between 450 and 1,200 square feet.

A New Kind of Hotel Dining

Signaling one of the biggest changes at the hotel will be the addition of Jacques, the new signature restaurant at the Marquette that will hold a street-level entrance on Marquette Avenue South, ideal for locals and visitors alike. The 2,000-square-foot space will seat 76 in the restaurant and 16 at the bar. A nod to Jacques Marquette, the restaurant will boast a seasonal menu with Italian-Mediterranean influences. Guests can expect delectable, seasonal pasta preparations and pizzette along with a variety of modern classics.

Jacques will feature a creative cocktail program that pays tribute to Minneapolis and its cultural contributions to the world at large, and an atmosphere perfect for business lunches and special occasions.  From the sweet sensation of rhubarb in the Beebopareebop cocktail to the earthy, beet flavor of the Iron Range cocktail, guests will enjoy a flavor of the Northland while hearing the story that inspired the crafting of the drink. In addition, Jacque's will feature classic French cocktails as a nod to Pere Marquette, the hotel's namesake and classic Italian cocktails to complement the restaurant's Mediterranean inspired cuisine.

Replacing the iconic Basil's will be Jolliet House, named after explorer Louis Jolliet, a native explorer of the Mississippi River alongside Jacques Marquette. Jolliet House will feature a tasteful breakfast menu, lounge, and flexible dining options for guests and larger groups.

In addition to the incredible remodel, the hotel will continue to boast amenities including a 24-hour fitness center, 24-hour room service, 24-hour business center, bicycle rentals, in-room massages, personal shoppers and a sundry filled with snacks and toiletry items available for purchase. Rounding out the distinct properties offerings is over 25,000-square feet of flexible meeting and event space. This includes Windows on Minnesota - a 13,000-square foot space, on the 50th floor, ideal for weddings and formal occasions that offer unparalleled views of Minneapolis. Galaxy Ballroom, the largest of the four grand ballrooms, is a 4,416 square-foot-space, and has been updated to match the new modern look of the timeless hotel.

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 - including benefits for members of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program with more than 60 million members.

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 or to make a reservation, visit www.marquettehotel.com or call 612-333-4545.

Contact:
Stephanie Mann
+612 333 1723
stephanie@lolared.com

About Marquette Hotel, Curio Collection by HiltonTM
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 engrained 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.

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