Geek chic is coming to Minneapolis. On Oct. 11, Noble House Hotels & Resorts will open The Commons Hotel, which was designed with a style that stays true to the area's industrial and collegiate roots. Located within walking distance to the University of Minnesota, the hotel offers a number of guest rooms and suites, meeting and event spaces, organized activities, access to the University of Minnesota's recreational facilities and a restaurant all within an industrial schoolhouse chic setting.
The 304-room hotel features a stylish environment filled with warm, colorful hues and patterns, modern amenities and technology, plus a myriad of ways to express your inner geek. While in your room, choose to kick back with the latest issue of Popular Science or Vanity Fair, or have the Book Butler deliver you a classic novel. The hotel's restaurant, The Beacon Public House, is a gastro-pub that serves regional cuisine and classic reinvented cocktails and offers activities such as Words with Friends wine hour and retro bar bingo. Other offered pastimes include alchemist mixology lessons, Harlequin happy hour and Sudoku sleep-ins.
The hotel features more than 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space that can accommodate groups as large as 500. Between the East Wing, West Wing and Central Corridor there are 14 individual spaces, including two ballrooms, 10 meeting rooms and two outdoor patios. In partnership with Swank audiovisual company, The Commons Hotel offers a variety of conference and special event equipment. In addition, the hotel also provides full catering with customizable menus. Themed geek wings and amenities, such as Jenga, spelling bee and mad scientist breaks, help to set your meeting apart. If your group wants to get out on the town, the hotel can curate a number of unique excursions, including a geek to chic makeover at the Aveda Institute, a "meeting of the minds" at the Science Museum of Minnesota, a tour of the world's largest Sherlock Holmes exhibit at the University of Minnesota, or a personal book creation at the Loft Literary Center.
If you're looking for a way to combine the common desire to discover with an uncommon experience and setting, then look no further than The Commons Hotel.
[Photos courtesy of The Commons Hotel]