While the hotel clearly pays homage to the Mall of America in its location and design (the back wall of the lobby is meant to resemble tissue paper, for example), it appears to be even more focused on representing Minnesotan culture on a broader level. The entryway of the hotel is decked out with an artistic interpretation of fireflies on a Minnesota summer’s night, the lobby rug highlights the topography of the nearby lakes, and a sky bridge connects the hotel to the Mall of America in honor of the skyways that connect much of downtown Minneapolis.
The on-site Fire Lake Grill House & Cocktail Bar will serve “Minnesota-centric fare” – whatever that means. Just kidding – think open-flamed game meats with hints of the area’s Germanic roots.
The Radisson Blu Mall of America will carry three styles of guestrooms: Twenty-nine "Mansion House" suites with a "clubby" aura that feature spacious bedrooms and bathrooms (plenty of room for shopping bags), 54 "Naturally Cool” business class rooms with “Business Class By Radisson” amenities, and 417 "Urban" standard rooms, which will be the most affordable.
Booking begins in December with special rates starting at $129 per night for an Urban standard room.
[Photos: Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group]