Rand Hotel Tower opens this week after $110 million renovation
The transformed hotel opens, but battles COVID-19 as it invites guests to celebrate Rufus Rand, who served in two wars.
The Rand Tower reopens Wednesday in downtown Minneapolis after a $110 million renovation that converted the Art Deco office building into a luxury boutique hotel.
The renovation by Minneapolis-based Ryan Cos. and ESG Architects preserves the architectural aviation and Art Deco themes created in 1929 by the original designer and World War I pilot Rufus R. Rand. But as a new four-and-a-half star hotel, it offers the public something new.
The structure, on the National Register of Historic Places, is the latest to join Tribute By Marriott’s boutique hotel group. It features aviation-themed lights, marble floors and engraved medallions at every turn. It sports two bars and restaurants (one with a retractable roof imported from Turkey), and an expansive $500,000 video wall on the skyway level that will drop jaws.