• Mary Jo Wiseman, CMP | Author

Canopy by Hilton Minneapolis | Mill District


The Mill District in Minneapolis just got a new neighbor -- a Canopy by Hilton

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Michael Meyer, Director of Sales (Lead Sales Enthusiast) 612-540-7327 | michael.meyer@hilton.com

Canopy by Hilton is a new luxury line of hotels launched by Hilton in 2015. No two Canopy hotels are alike but each hotel is designed around four essential elements:

  1. Great neighborhoods.

  2. Comfort and design.

  3. More included value.

  4. A “positively yours” culture.

It’s all about being a natural extension of the local neighborhood through design, food and beverage, art and local know-how. Their “guest-first approach” allows neighborhood design elements to flow through all space giving way to warm, comfortable “just-right rooms.” Basic Wi-Fi, artisanal breakfasts, welcome gifts on arrival and evening tastings of local beer, wine and spirits are standard amenities.

While the décor and design elements of each Hilton Canopy is a reflection of the neighborhood in which it resides, there is one commonality in every hotel and that is that each bed is topped by a canopy. The canopies, however, differ from hotel to hotel based on local design elements. For instance, the Minneapolis property’s wrought-iron canopies are inspired by the metal work elements of the company originally housed in the space.

There are currently ten Canopy by Hilton hotels open in the US and elsewhere, including: Ithica, New York; West Palm Beach; Reykjavik, Iceland; DC, the Wharf; DC Bethesda; Portland; Dallas Uptown; Atlanta Midtown; Zagreb, Croatia; Chengdu, China; Columbia-North Shore, OH; and Portland. Another five are scheduled by year’s end and 15 more are scheduled to open in 2020.

Canopy by Hilton, Minneapolis | Mill District

708 Third Street South

Minneapolis, MN 55415

612.332.0696

Check-in: 3pm. Check-out: 12 noon.

Totally non-smoking. Pet friendly with a $50 deposit and a weight restriction of 75#.

Canopy by Hilton, Minneapolis Mill District opened its doors March 2019, just a week before the NCAA tournament (no small feat for sure). It is located in the East End Mill District of Minneapolis just steps from U.S. Bank Stadium, The Guthrie Theatre and the Light Rail, and only 20 minutes from MSP Airport.

The hotel is owned and operated by the Sherman Associates, a local real estate development firm who also owns and is developing the whole block, including the 180 unit Luxury East End apartments located immediately to the north of the hotel, Trader Joe’s and Starbucks. The design team DLR was responsible for the interior design, and the hotel has been nominated for numerous awards for both interior design and its unique architecture.

The hotel is listed on the National Historic Register and originally housed two agricultural-related companies: 1) the Emerson Plow Company which got its beginnings in 1900; and 2) the Thresher Implement Company that got its start in 1904. You will find design elements reflective of the milling industry throughout in the metal works, and woven fabrics used in the upholstery, wall coverings, window treatments and carpets. The interior is accented with the original wood timbers and brick, repurposed to incorporate this design element throughout the hotel, highlighted by exposed ceilings, service pipes and chases, and hanging light fixtures which accentuates the industrial origins of the building and a by-gone era of architecture.

All of the historic elements, however, give way to a slightly modern, eclectic , warehouse/industrial look making for a very comfortable, homey, energizing atmosphere – think “approachable elegance” -- combined with all the new, sophisticated environmentally correct features such as low lighting, and water stations on each floor. The basic color scheme features earth tones with light gray floor tiles, beautiful original artwork, and splashes of colored accents presenting a sense of warmth and comfort.

The Canopy by Hilton features a host of ecologically friendly features including smart lighting and thermostats. Each room comes with an array of glass bottle which can fill and refill from self-serve ice and chilled water dispensers located throughout the building and on each floor. The rooms each feature a Canopy, state of the art mattresses and bathrooms, 65 inch televisions and smart sensors.

Canopy Central

Entrance to the hotel is off Third Avenue South with an additional entrance and valet located off Park Avenue. It is at this point that you are met by valet attendants offering the first guest experience.

Just inside the front entrance is a beautifully appointed area where you can wait for the valets to bring your car, or for your Uber, taxi or limo.

Just beyond is the “Welcome area” with a stainless registration desk and just steps from the welcome desk you are immersed in numerous soft seating areas and soaring ceilings accented with a commissioned sculpture entitled “Sift” from which everything flows. Canopy refers to this area as Canopy Central. As you make your way further into the area, you’ll find both intimate and communal sitting areas each with slightly different design elements. Some have leather sofas and chairs while others feature upholstered sofas with high back chairs, barrel-type chairs or (comfortable) bench seating. Centered prominently is one of two fireplaces (the second is in the area near the valet).

Restaurants

Beyond the lobby you’ll find two restaurants. Umbra offers artisanal breakfasts, roasted coffees, quiche, made-to-order sandwiches and salads, and nightly features offering locally sourced items developed by acclaimed Chef Kevin Aho. Bacon Social offers a casual restaurant featuring as you can imagine “bacon.” But don’t let the name fool you; the menu includes a variety of tasty options serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, and a large bar with numerous TVs to catch your favorite team!

Guest Rooms

There are 183 guest rooms including 83 Kings, 16 king suites, 20 king lofts, 2 double queens suites; and 52 double queens. Of these, 14 rooms (both kings, queens and suites) are designed to accommodate guests with special needs. All rooms feature brick walls, exposed wood ceiling and local textiles. The accommodations located on six floors have wide and well-lit hallways.

Standard amenities in every room include canopy beds, Nespresso machines, mini refrigerator drawers (very cool), work desk and chair, 55-in TV, uncloseted racks and drawers, weave patterned carpeting and window treatments, sliding barn doors (a nod to the agricultural area), glass-enclosed showers with oversized white subway tiles, separate vanity areas, low lighting.

Deluxe Rooms feature lofted ceilings and city views. Suites offer spacious living areas, robes and Canopy Socks.

Each floor includes filtered water stations thus eliminating the need for/use of plastic bottles in keeping with the hotel’s green initiative.

A neat dine-in option in the morning is to request a “Break Fast Bag” of breakfast items delivered to your guest room instead of going downstairs to Bacon Social or Umbra. All you need to do is to fill out a request form before you turn in, hang it and the “bag” on the hook just outside your door and it will be there waiting for you in the morning as requested.

Meeting and Event Space

The meeting space is located on the lower level of the hotel but the space is not your typical lower level meeting area. While there may not be windows to the outside, the area was designed as a “glass-enclosed collaboration space” with the meeting rooms divided by large glass areas giving the space a more open, inviting look.

In total there is 5,900 square feet of meeting and event space, with three meeting rooms plus ample foyer/pre-function space. They use hard-surface (linen-less) tables of 72” rounds, and 72” classroom tables. The blue-green upholstered chairs are very comfortable with a velvet upholstery.

The Newton Emerson Ballroom at 1,200 square feet divides in two. It does have pillars but depending on the preferred room set, can be worked around. The room comes equipped with four strategically placed 85” UHD Samsung television/monitors, which are connected to a state-of-the-art audio-visual system. The spaces feature “Touch-screen” lighting and sound control systems. The adjoining Pantry offers 972 square feet of pre-function space, equipped with a built-in bar which doubles as an area for buffet service.

The Thresher Room is 1,224 square feet with 844 square feet of pre-function space outfitted in a similar set-up as the Newton Emerson. Both are handicapped accessible.

The District Boardroom, located lobby level, seats 10 and offers a 65 inch UHD Samsung with audio visual hook ups stored within the board table’s center console. Adjacent to the boardroom is Canopy Retreat, a large room with multiple soft seating areas featuring a 9 x 13 screen which drops from the ceiling and a state-of-the-art 60,000 lumen projector.

There is direct access to the lower level meeting area from the garage parking area that accommodates 110 vehicles. All catering is provided by Canopy.

Canopy also features a fitness room, business center and, of course, Canopy Bicycles for guest use, so you can enjoy one of the country’s most “bike able” cities. Valet parking is available at $44 per day. Self-parking is not available.

Prepared by Mary Jo Wiseman, CMP | Author, "The Meeting Planning Process: A Guide to Planning Successful Meetings."

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