ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) — A new luxury hotel is set to open its doors in just a few a weeks.
By now you have noticed the construction site of the Hilton Rochester Mayo Clinic Area hotel on East Center Street.
All of the construction has lead to the newest addition to the Rochester skyline and for those wanting a little more luxury in Rochester, this place fits the bill.
A project more than five years and $130,000,000 in the works, the new Hilton Hotel in downtown Rochester is near completion and on Friday they showed off their new digs to select members of the public.
“We’ve seen a lot of excitement from the community, our owners are extremely excited. our team members are extremely excited. we are counting down the days until April 16th when we can finally open those doors and welcome our guests and visitors to the hotel,” said Michelle Milde, the Hotel Marketing Manager.
This project was actually one of the first parts of Destination Medical Center and the hotel’s owners say the Mayo Clinic’s input was a priority in their design.
“It means a lot to Mayo. because Mayo has people that would like to come here but they don’t feel the hospitality is good enough. To make them find out differently makes me feel good because the Mayo Clinic is what makes Rochester great,” explained Gus Chafoulias, the hotel’s owner.
More than just a hotel, the new 19 story Hilton building will feature the new Pittsburgh Blue restaurant, as well as two separate ballrooms for conferences, galas and everything in between.
All while providing guests with luxurious rooms, pools, and gym. Project developers say this hotel was a need for the community.
“Reaching to new heights, you know offering something that Rochester didn’t have in the past. Also partnering with Mayo and DMC and everything will hopefully help Mayo attract some higher end clientele, that maybe were a little hesitant to travel this way before,” says Hotel General Manager, Miki Radovanovic.
With everything set to open up in less than a month, members have been working around the clock to make sure everything gets done in time.
“It feels good, it was a struggle for five and a half years. So this is better, this is better,” concluded Chafoulias.
The hotel has already begun booking reservations and events. Hilton lights and signs are expected to start lighting up downtown in about two weeks. Hotel doors officially open to the public on April 16th.