MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., April 30, 2009 — The Hilton Garden Inn (Minneapolis Downtown), held an eco-friendly Garden Party to celebrate its Grand Opening on Thursday, April 30th at the hotel. Highlights of the event included the chef’s specially planned, all-natural menu, a thoughtfully selected Garden Party beverage menu, a drawing featuring a number of “green” prizes and a butterfly release.
Every last detail down to the invitation was carefully planned and selected to incorporate environmentally conscious materials. Invitations for the event were made using wind generated electricity and are constructed of biodegradable paper with wildflower seeds inside that can be planted, including Gaillardia’s, Baby’s Breath, Wallflowers, Baby Blue Eyes and California Bluebells.
The meticulously planned menu featured a specially prepared selection of natural food options, and offered a unique mix of beverage options including California wines and a Hilton Garden Inn signature “Gardentini” cocktail.
As a gift for attending the grand opening celebration, guests at the event received miniature trees, ideal for spring planting. Guests were also entered into the Garden Party drawing for tours of Minneapolis on Segways (the electric transportation vehicle of the future). Other drawing prizes included round trip tickets to Chicago and a special weekend excursion golf package at Hilton Chicago/Indian Lakes Resort, Chicago’s only 27-hole premier golf resort featuring a brand new island green. At the conclusion of the Garden Party, the Hilton Garden Inn asked guests to assist in releasing hundreds of butterflies into the wild.
“This event is not only a celebration of the hotel opening and its green efforts, but a commitment to Minneapolis, its people and its values,” said Christopher Hutchinson, General Manager of the Hilton Garden Inn (Minneapolis Downtown). “Our goal is to continue our positive economic, environmental and educational impact on the overall community, reinforcing these commitments to guests, neighbors and friends of the hotel in the months and years ahead.”
As a symbol of that commitment, the Hilton Garden Inn (Minneapolis Downtown) has been one of the main corporate sponsors of the Gateway Dog Park located near the hotel. The hotel’s ownership group will also make an additional charitable gift in honor of the Hilton Garden Inn Grand Opening to the Gateway Dog Park. This contribution will allow the downtown dog park to further enhance its landscaping and vegetation. The hotel management and employees will also donate time to help participate in the plantings.
The Hilton Garden Inn (Minneapolis Downtown) is a joint venture of Global One Commercial, LLC and First Hospitality Group, Inc. and is operated by First Hospitality Group under a license agreement with a subsidiary of Hilton Hotels Corporation. The ground-up development is a ten-story, 210 room, hotel designed for travelers that are looking for quality and value when on the road for business or leisure. The hotel features guestrooms and suites offering the Garden Sleep System® bed; complimentary wired and Wi-Fi high-speed Internet access; a high definition flat screen television; and a clock that allows guests to use their MP3 player. The hotel also features a complimentary 24-hour business center; a comfortable lounge area to enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning or unwind at the end of the day; and five meeting rooms offering 3,000 square feet of flexible meeting space.
The hotel features the Great American Grill® restaurant offering freshly prepared breakfast, lunch and dinner; evening room service and the 24-hour Pavilion Pantry® convenience mart with a selection of refrigerated, frozen and microwaveable packaged items, and sundries. Recreational facilities at the hotel include a complimentary fitness center featuring Precor® cardio and strength equipment. Nearby attractions include Orchestra Hall, Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, The Nicollet Mall and Target Center. Neighboring companies include Target Corporation, Ameriprise Financial, U.S. Bancorp, Thrivent Financial and Wells Fargo & Company. The location makes the hotel the ideal choice for both business and leisure travelers visiting the area.
The Hilton Garden Inn Minneapolis Downtown is located at 1101 Fourth Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404; Phone: 612-339-6633; Fax: 612-339-6644. The hotel is located in downtown Minneapolis only 12 miles from Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. Hilton Garden Inn is the award-winning, mid-priced brand that continually strives to ensure today’s busy travelers have everything they need to be most productive on the road-Hilton Garden Inn offers the amenities and services for travelers to sleep deep, stay fit, eat well and work smart while away from home.
First Hospitality Group Inc. has been involved in the development, ownership, and management of hotels since 1985. Currently, the First Hospitality Group, Inc. portfolio of over 35 hotels consists primarily of Hilton and Marriott affiliated assets. In addition, First Hospitality Group, Inc. has ownership interests and manages hotels affiliated with InterContinental, Hyatt, and Starwood.