October 12, 2015

Luxury is Coming to Saint Paul’s Mississippi Riverfront as

Saint Paul, Minn. – Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures (MLCV) today announces the opening of the prestigious InterContinental® Saint Paul Riverfront hotel, ushering in a new era of luxury for Minnesota’s vibrant capital city.

The InterContinental® Saint Paul Riverfront hotel is an InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) property that showcases mid-century modern design and décor. The hotel’s 410 fully renovated guestrooms and suites offer remarkable views of the Mississippi River and downtown Saint Paul skyline. The elegance and glamour that the InterContinental brand has been renowned for since the first hotel opened in 1946 is evident in this multi-million dollar renovation.

Joe Nayquonabe Jr., CEO of Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures, said the change isn’t just about creating a more refined hotel experience – it’s about delivering on MLCV’s commitment to a higher level of excellence in all of its business ventures.

“We strive for continuous improvement. When we purchased the hotel in 2013, we immediately committed to making this historic property even better,” Nayquonabe said. “That commitment takes on a literal form that our guests can feel in the amazing renovation we’ve completed at the InterContinental® Saint Paul Riverfront.”

The Mille Lacs Band’s continued investment in downtown Saint Paul sets up the city and the Band for continued economic success.

“In our teachings, we focus on protecting future generations,” said Melanie Benjamin, Chief Executive for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. “In an economic sense, that means diversifying our economy, which is what these hotels mean for the Mille Lacs Band. We’re especially proud of our partnership with the City of St. Paul, and view this project as evidence of what tribes and cities can achieve when they work together.”

“This reinvestment will continue downtown Saint Paul’s rapid growth and vitality,” said Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman. “I am thankful to have the partnership of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. The opening of the InterContinental® Saint Paul Riverfront is key to the continued success of our downtown business district.”

Every square foot of the property has been updated from the guest rooms to the meeting spaces, even a new restaurant.

Jason Moskal, Vice President, Lifestyle Brands, The Americas, IHG said: “The InterContinental Hotels & Resorts brand is entering into an exciting growth period, beginning with this hotel in Downtown Saint Paul and continuing into the spring of next year with the reopening of the InterContinental Barclay hotel in New York City. Offering a true global view, the InterContinental brand portfolio of hotels is twice the size of its luxury brand competitors and we are confident this hotel in Saint Paul will provide our guests with a luxurious, first-class experience in the Minnesota capital city.”

Meetings and Conventions
For event planners and business travelers the hotel offers state-of-the-art facilities, which includes a new Business Center and more than 43,000 square feet of refreshed and reinvigorated meeting spaces across 10 meeting rooms, an executive boardroom, and two grand, pillar-less ballrooms with large adjacent pre-function spaces.

The Great River Ballroom remains a local favorite. This unique open space has abundant natural light and a spectacular view of the Mississippi River. The space can host up to 1,000 people for events including weddings, gala dinners and conferences. Integrated audio and visual technology make this hotel ideal for holding corporate and exclusive events, conferences, business meetings and weddings.

New Dining Option
Located off the lobby, the new Citizen Supper Club puts a modern-day twist on the supper club concept of a bygone era. Guests can sip on one of the midcentury cocktails, wine, beer or spirits at the bar or enjoy its cuisine in the intimate dining room. The interior design of the restaurant pays homage to the 1960’s when the original hotel was built while adding modern touches to make the space visually interesting, comfortable and relevant for patrons.

Jeff Castillo, VP of Development for MLCV said since the hotel opened nearly 50 years ago, the property has established itself as a premier venue in Saint Paul. “With the completion of our renovations, we are excited to bring the renowned Intercontinental service and ambiance to Minnesota’s capital city. We have an extraordinary team of professionals led by general manager, Tim Blaschke.”

The hotel, located at 11 Kellogg Boulevard East, is owned by Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures and managed by Grave’s Hospitality. The InterContinental Hotels & Resorts brand is part of IHG’s diverse family of brands in nearly 100 countries and territories. The scale and diversity of the IHG family of brands means that its hotels can meet guests’ needs whatever the occasion – whether an overnight getaway, a business trip, a family celebration or a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Reservations can be made by calling 1-888-IC HOTELS or by going to The InterContinental Hotels & Resorts brand participates in IHG® Rewards Club. The industry’s first and largest hotel rewards program is free, and guests can enroll at, by downloading the IHG® App, by calling 1-888-211-9874 or by inquiring at the front desk of any of IHG’s more than 4,900 hotels worldwide. The hotel also participates in IHG Green Engage® and offers unique programs to ensure sustainability.

About Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures
Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures manages all the Mille Lacs Band’s businesses, including Grand Casino Mille Lacs, Grand Casino Hinckley, the InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront and the DoubleTree Hilton in Saint Paul, Minn., 2020 Brand Solutions, Embassy Suites Oklahoma City and other Band-owned businesses such as a cinema, a grocery store, gas/convenience stores, a golf course, wastewater treatment plant and a print shop. It also oversees certain amount of the Band’s investments and considers new business opportunities to provide economic support for the Band’s future. Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures has over 3,500 employees and its board of directors is comprised of five members, who guide the business and investment decisions for the Band. Visit for more information.

About InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts has 180 hotels located in more than 60 countries with local insight that comes from over 60 years of experience. As a brand, we believe that superior, understated service and outstanding facilities are important, but what makes us truly different is the genuine interest we show in our guests. Our desire is to help guests make the most of their time. We connect our well-traveled guests to what’s special about a destination, by sharing our knowledge, so they enjoy authentic experiences that will enrich their lives and broaden their outlook. For more information, visit, or

Notes to Editors:
IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organisation with a broad portfolio of hotel brands, including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants, HUALUXE® Hotels and Resorts,Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, EVEN™ Hotels, Holiday Inn® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®,Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®.

IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns more than 4,900 hotels and 724,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries, with almost 1,300 hotels in its development pipeline. IHG also manages IHG® Rewards Club, the world’s first and largest hotel loyalty programme with more than 88 million members worldwide.

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group’s holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales. More than 350,000 people work across IHG’s hotels and corporate offices globally.

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