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The opening of the 2014-2015 NFL season has been severely tarnished by the off-season antics of some of the league's star players.
First, Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens was caught on video punching, then dragging his then-fiancee, now wife in an elevator at an Atlantic City casino. Next, it was revealed that Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings took a switch (better known as a tree branch) and repeatedly hit his four-year-old son with it. While Rice was suspended and cut from the Ravens, Peterson was only deactivated from Sunday's game. Yet the way he chose to discipline his son cost his team a very big sponsorship partner.
Radisson Hotels, whose U.S. headquarters are in Minnesota, have decided to suspend their sponsorship of the Vikings while they "evaluate the facts and circumstances." Radisson's parent company, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, also put this statement out: “Radisson takes this matter very seriously particularly in light of our long-standing commitment to the protection of children.”
The suspension was put in place just hours after the general manager of the Vikings gave a press conference about reinstating Peterson while the GM was stood in front of backdrop that held both the Vikings and the Radisson logo. Since the questionable behavior of NFL players off the field will continue to be a topic through the rest of the season, we suggest all hotels look carefully at the teams they sponsor and if necessary, follow Radisson's lead.
[Photo via Daily Norseman]
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Last month, the 500-room Radisson Blu Mall of America became the second Radisson Blu to open in the US (after Radisson Blu Aqua Chicago). But one thing that sets this place apart from Chicago (and all other subsequent Rad Blus) is that it directly connects to the Mall of America, with its 530 shops, 5 major department stores, multiple food courts, indoor theme park, and 14-screen movie theater. If they want, hotel guests can even arrange for a personal shopper and bag pick-up to maximize the experience. Rates from $174/night.
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The Radisson Plaza Hotel Minneapolis has few flaws. Reviews are great, in fact. Out of towners love its comfort, reliability, cleanliness, and proximity to downtown attractions. Locals love the in-house FireLake Grill and lobby bar. So far, so good, right? Of course, there's a but...
There's one complaint that we see pop up now and then from guests--it's that the hotel's service can be impersonal at times and that it just doesn't sparkle the way they envisioned a 4-star hotel should.
Well, we think we can consider that problem officially solved. Last week, Radisson announced the property will be converted into a Radisson Blu, meaning if the hotel is considered "upscale" now, it will soon be "upper-upscale." Basically, more Ps and Qs, and maybe a white glove or two.
We talked about it two years ago, and now it's finally happening! When the 500-room Radisson Blu Mall of America opens next spring (anticipated March 2013), it will be the only hotel to offer accommodations directly connected to the ginormous Mall of America.
We know what you’re thinking: It’s like a shopper has died and gone to heaven.
And it’s true. To complement the location, the Radisson Blu will provide a shopping concierge, personal shoppers, bag pick-up services, and access to the mall's 500 specialty shops. As of now, the hotel does not have any “shopping packages” that would get guests store discounts, but we suspect that will change – and hope that it will.
Last month, there were rumblings that Radisson Blu would be opening in the Mall of America in Minnesota and now it's been confirmed--Radission Blu Mall of America will open in late 2012. The Star-Tribune reports:
The $115 million, 501-room hotel will anchor the south side of the Bloomington mall, between Macy's and Bloomingdale's, and will be the first to be connected to the mall via skyway.
Don't think you can wait until 2012 to experience a Radisson Blu and its free WiFi? The brand's first U.S. hotel will actually open in Chicago in fall of 2011.
Now, we're super excited for Radission Blu, a rather savvy European hotel brand, to continue its expansion into America. We just hope they consider other places than the Midwest.
[Photo via The Star Tribune]
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There are already at least a dozen hotels a short shuttle bus ride away from the Mall of America, bus is that enough? No, sir! After all, the mall itself has over 520 stores—and more are in the works. The hotel is part of that expansion plan, which—if all goes well—will add an additional 5.6 million square feet to the massive temple of consumerism.
The Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal reports that the 501-room hotel will no longer be a Renaissance property, with Marriott International pulling out of the project as funding efforts stalled. Now, Radisson Blu and Sheraton are said to be the top brands tipped to manage the hotel.
The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, has long been known for its top-tier medical services. And as it turns out, there’s a luxury hotel next door with exclusive amenities to match the hospital’s reputation.
The International Hotel prescribes, well, a pillbox full of unexpected amenities for its “highly affluent medical travelers” (aka Mayo outpatients) — including personal escorts to Mayo Clinic appointments and “Ask Mayo” buttons on the room phones that directly connect to Mayo nurses. And here’s something even we’ve never heard of: “purified air pillows.”
The hotel describes its design as “stylish European” with “anything at anytime” service, like pre-arrival phone calls to ensure guest rooms are dialed to the desired temp and stocked with the right foods and drinks. Some 360 global newspapers are available upon request. Room service is top notch, too, able to accommodate any number of dietary restrictions.
If the Minnesota countryside seems like an odd choice for an international hotel, consider that 5,300 international guests travel to Mayo Clinic annually, with 80 percent of outpatients looking for a four- to five-night stay.
Rates start at $450 for an executive room with a king bed.