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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.