Stay up to date on the latest venue openings and property renovations, including these found in Mid-America.

Minnesota

Element by Westin, part of Marriott International, has made its debut in Bloomington, MN, with the opening of the 142-room Element Bloomington Mall of America. Situated just three miles from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, the Element Bloomington Mall of America offers easy access to the Mall of America, U.S. Bank Stadium, SEA LIFE at Mall of America, Nickelodeon Universe and Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge.

The seven-story hotel is ideal for a short trip or extended stay and is nearby numerous corporate offices. Many of the guest rooms include a fully-equipped kitchen, efficient work space with a large desk and spa-inspired bathrooms.

Element Bloomington Mall of America also offers the brand's unique Studio Commons Connector rooms, communal rooms designed to appeal to a variety of different needs, including friends and family traveling together or coworkers looking to collaborate on a project. 

Additional amenities include a large outdoor patio with dual-fireplaces, a spacious and well-equipped fitness center, the complimentary Bikes-to-Borrow program and 860 square feet of meeting space to accommodate functions up to 60 people. 

Indiana

HRC Hotels LLC and Good Hospitality Services Inc., recently announced that the Homewood Suites by Hilton Downtown Indianapolis has completed their renovation of the 92-suite adaptive re-use building. Homewood Suites by Hilton Indianapolis Downtown provides fully equipped kitchens and separate living and sleeping areas.


Photo: Homewood Suites Indianapolis, Hotel Lobby

As part of the renovation, improvements were made to the guest rooms, meeting rooms, business center, suite shop, front desk, game room and breakfast area to include soft goods, case goods and new finishes throughout. This location features over 3,000 square feet of event space and five meetings rooms.

Homewood Suites by Hilton Indianapolis Downtown offers guests convenient access to Lucas Oil Stadium, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the famous St Elmo’s and several other key Downtown Indianapolis attractions.


Photo: Homewood Suites Indianapolis, Meridian Room

Missouri

The multi-concept “sports” hotel, Live! by Loews—St. Louis, is officially welcoming guests in the heart of St. Louis’ Ballpark Village. The 216-room hotel includes four restaurants and lounges, 17,000 square feet of meeting and event space—including an expansive outdoor terrace, upscale suite options, and access to Ballpark Village and the St. Louis Cardinals.


Photo: Live! by Loews—St. Louis Exterior

Live! by Loews—St. Louis is the city’s first new build hotel project in nearly a decade. Centrally located to entertainment and attractions in St. Louis, the eight-story property is poised as a destination for meetings and events, with indoor and outdoor venues capable of accommodating more than 500 guests in a singular location. Each of the hotel’s four food & beverage concepts embody a taste of St. Louis, with Bourbon at the heart, and offer spaces for entertaining and lounging.

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All 216 guest rooms at Live! by Loews—St. Louis feature floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramic views of the neighboring stadium and city landmarks such as Gateway Arch. The hotel is built on St. Louis Cardinals history, situated atop the former site of the 1966 Busch II Stadium, with intentional design notes, artworks and Cardinal Red accents placed throughout guest rooms and public spaces to narrate its deep Cardinals connection.


Photo: Live!—Whiskey Room

Illinois

Autograph Collection Hotels welcomes The Drake Oak Brook in Oak Brook, Illinois following a top-to-bottom renovation. Built in 1961 as an extension of The Drake Hotel in Downtown Chicago, it has enjoyed celebrity status for decades playing host to guests like Frank Sinatra, Rock Hudson and Prince Charles of Wales.


Photo: The Drake Oak Brook 

The hotel’s all-encompassing renovation is deeply embedded in the nostalgia of the building and pays homage to years of history and Oak Brook allure. The 154-room, four-story landmark sits on 10 acres in Oak Brook, adjacent to the Butler National Golf Course and Oak Brook Polo Club. Following the renovation, the hotel unveils:

  • newly designed rooms spread amongst two wings
  • 12 revamped meeting rooms totaling 12,432 square feet of indoor space
  • 34,000 square feet of gardens, fountains and gazebo
  • signature upscale American cuisine restaurant led by Ezequiel Dominguez
  • modernized lobby bar with plush leather seating
  • intimate reception space inspired by Frank Sinatra
  • library featuring Past American Presidents favorite books
  • state-of-the-art fitness center
  • rejuvenating spa and pool coming this spring

Guests are greeted by hosts in classic fedoras and are welcomed by a daily tea ceremony featuring customized blends in partnership with locally sourced Todd & Holland, while Frank Sinatra melodies from vinyl records on the gramophone player fill the lobby.


Photo: Drake Oak Brook—King Room

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