Uptown may soon get the hotel that many have hoped and wished for for many years now, that's if Graves Hospitality wish to bring a new Marriott branded hotel called Moxy is granted by the city of Minneapolis.
Planned for 1121 West Lake Street, the new Moxy hotel would stand 9 stories tall and feature a ground floor restaurant/bar along 144 guest rooms on floors 2-9. The ground floor restaurant would be managed by Minneapolis based Graves Hospitality. A fun fact about this project is that it would be the FIRST Moxy hotel to open in the United States.
Moxy most likely is a hotel chain you have yet to hear of and there's a good reason; it's less than a year old. The hotel brand was developed by Marriott and currently only has ONE open location in the entire world. That location won't remain the only child for long as 50 more hotels are in the pipeline for the Moxy brand expected to bring over 10,000 new hotel rooms to Marriott's portfolio.
Moxy hotels are planned for high profile metropolitan areas across the country such as New York City, San Francisco, Seattle and Chicago and also in European countries such as Germany and the United Kingdom.
Moxy is mean't to be a new style of hotel. Described by Marriott as an affordable luxury hotel chain that falls under the 3-star-tier segment, it's aimed at the millennial traveler "who understands that style can be delivered at attractive prices." The hotels feature innovative technology and style that are sure to attract younger generations while offering prices that are lower than comparable hotel brands. Hotels feature vibrant lobby areas that offer 24-hour cafe/bars along with seating areas equipped with all the technological needs one could desire.
The planned Moxy hotel for Uptown's Lake Street will go before the Minneapolis Planning Commission this Thursday, November 19th, in order to seek a height variance (4 stories or 56 feet is currently allowed on site) along with feedback on massing and a request for C3A zoning.
We'll have more details regarding the project as they become available.