EAGAN, Minn. – Omni Viking Lakes Hotel is open for business.
The four-star, full-service hotel features 320 guestrooms and suites and is adjacent to Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center, the headquarters of the Minnesota Vikings since March 2018.
Omni Viking Lakes Hotel came to fruition through a partnership with Omni Hotels & Resorts and ownership partners MV Ventures, Ecolab, Cambria and Viking Lakes Hotel Physician Partners.
A purple ribbon cutting was held Thursday without the fanfare that would have been scheduled if not for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
"We acknowledge the unprecedented hardships our industry, the nation and, particularly, the residents of this great state have gone through in recent months," said Brent Glashan, general manager of Omni Viking Lakes Hotel. "The opening of this ambitious project is a testament to the resiliency of Minnesotans and everyone who has worked on this hotel, and it demonstrates a collective optimism and hope for the future."
Beginning in November, Vikings players will stay at Omni Viking Lakes Hotel on the nights before all home games.
Fans will have an opportunity to stay in the hotel during future Vikings training camps, enabling them to enjoy a truly immersive experience. Half of the hotel's rooms overlook TCO Performance Center and TCO Stadium.
The American Nordic-inspired design of the hotel features the region and subtle nods to the Minnesota Vikings. It is the first expansion to Minnesota for Omni Resorts & Hotels, which is based in Texas.
"The opening of Omni Viking Lakes Hotel is an important step in the strategic growth of our company; we knew from the very beginning that this was the perfect city with ideal partners for us to add another fantastic property to our growing portfolio," said Peter Strebel, president of Omni Hotels & Resorts. "We're excited to extend Omni's hospitality and the service we're known for across North America to guests in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area."
The hotel features 35,000 square feet of meeting space, as well as top-notch amenities that will be available to community members and overnight guests.
Hotel highlights include the following:
The Omni Viking Lakes Hotel is scheduled to open in September 2020.
Food & Beverage: Omni Viking Lakes Hotel provides guests, as well as the Minneapolis, St. Paul and Eagan communities, with a variety of food and beverage options for any outing or occasion, such as drinks with friends, dinner with the kids or watching the big game. The four restaurant and bar offerings include Ember & Ice, an upscale lounge; Keras Bar, located in the lobby; Ten Drops, a coffee bar and market; and Kyndred Hearth, with James Beard award-winning chef Ann Kim at the helm of the menu.
Wellness: Hotel guests will have access to various wellness facilities including the full-service Idlewild Spa, state-of-the-art fitness center and an indoor pool. Idlewild Spa provides guests with traditional treatments alongside a full Scandinavian heat, cool and relax cycle facility that allows for a broad range of beauty regimes and relaxation techniques. The fitness center is available to all guests and is open 24 hours a day.
Hospitality Lounges: Unique to this property within the Omni brand, Omni Viking Lakes Hotel features six two-story hospitality lounges, outfitted with a dining room table turned poker table, floor-to-ceiling fireplace and windows and full kitchen. The hospitality lounges were designed specifically with Minnesota Vikings players in mind for extended stays such as training camp. The lounges are cozy, but refined and stately, featuring natural tones that include icy blues and greys, matching the Nordic design of the overall hotel. Each space makes it the ultimate fan getaway or a unique meeting space for groups and corporate events.
Omni Viking Lakes Hotel is the latest addition to Viking Lakes, a mixed-use development that began with the construction of TCO Performance Center and TCO medical facilities. It will include residential, retail and restaurant spaces.
"The opening of this hotel marks a huge milestone, not only for the entire Viking Lakes development, but in the creation of a new entertainment destination that we are proud to be a part of," said MV Ventures Owner and President Mark Wilf. "Omni Viking Lakes Hotel also demonstrates the collaborative power of businesses in Minneapolis-St. Paul partnering to bring this tremendous asset to the community and the region."
The following Minnesota-based companies supported the Omni Viking Lakes Hotel project: ESG Architecture & Design led the design; Kraus Anderson served as the general contractor; Cambria produced the countertops and shower walls; Ecolab consulted on public health and food safety protocols and partnered on a full suite of cleaning, sanitation and water treatment solutions; and artist Kevin Showell created and designed the custom entry columns that feature hand-carved, Nordic-inspired artwork.
Omni Viking Lakes Hotel opens following Omni Hotels & Resorts' Safe & Clean program, launched in May. The initiative includes extensive cleaning guidelines, processes and procedures to ensure the health, safety and comfort of guests and associates. The property also is a participant in the Ecolab Science Certified™ program. Their participation demonstrates commitment to a higher level of cleanliness through the use of hospital disinfectants and other sanitizers, comprehensive public health and food safety training and procedures, and periodic auditing to determine procedures are being followed. Omni Viking Lakes Hotel will display the Ecolab Science Certified seal – a visible sign of that commitment.
Both the Safe and Clean program and the Ecolab Science Certified program are informed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and also meet or exceed the "Safe Stay" initiative set forth by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA).
About Omni Hotels & Resorts
Omni Hotels & Resorts creates genuine, authentic guest experiences at 60 distinct luxury hotels and resorts in leading business and leisure destinations across North America. With more than 25 iconic golf courses and 16 award-winning spas featured in dynamic locales nationwide, every Omni proudly opens its doors to share the true spirit of its destination. Reflected through local color, personalized service, unique wellness options, signature restaurants and creative culinary offerings, Omni leaves a lasting impression with every guest and a heightened level of recognition and rewards delivered through its Select Guest® loyalty program. For information or to book accommodations, visit omnihotels.com or call 1-800-The-Omni.