Need a room? La Quinta Inn and Suites opens early

When we posted an article about La Quinta Inn and Suites opening their brand new Duluth hotel in about three weeks ago however at the time we noted that there could be a small chance that it would be completed before Grandma's Marathon. Well folks, a miracle has happened and La Quinta Inn and Suites is officially open for business.

The Duluth News Tribune that the hotel opened last night to guests, just in time for Grandma's Marathon weekend. It almost as if we can hear the sighs of relief among those still looking for hotel rooms in Duluth's during the busiest weekend of the year. Good news guys, 93 rooms just became available.

The new hotel is located on at 1805 Maple Grove Road in Duluth. For reservations visit their website here.

 

La Quinta Inn and Suites plans late June opening

Ladies and Gentlemen the new La Quinta Inn and Suites in Duluth is officially taking reservations.

If you're looking for a room for Grandma's Marathon weekend though you're out of luck not because the hotel is sold out like almost every other hotel in the area but rather because the hotel won't be ready yet. 

Reservations currently are being accepted for dates after Monday June 21st. La Quinta Inn and Suites representatives explained that the hotel currently has about 3 weeks left of construction. It might be questionable about how that could be the case from the looks of things outside however on the interior the place is bustling with work happening in almost every corner.

The new 3 story building has 96 rooms with 20 of those being suites. It'll be the first location for the La Quinta Inn and Suites brand in Northern Minnesota and the company's sixth within the state. Currently there are two locations in Bloomington, and one in Brooklyn Park, Minnetonka, and Rochester (also the company's newest location within the state).

Above:  La Quinta Inn and Suites in Fort Worth, Texas features a similar interior design to what will debut in Duluth  (La Quinta)

Above: La Quinta Inn and Suites in Fort Worth, Texas features a similar interior design to what will debut in Duluth (La Quinta)

Guests may notice that Duluth's La Quinta Inn and Suites is a little different from most. The overall design features an upgrade from the typical La Quinta Inn and Suites prototype design. The city of Duluth didn't quite care for the signature "tower" design that is featured in the standard prototype design It was quickly shortened during the redesign process to now be only a tad higher than the rest of the building. The Duluth location is also entirely clad in brick versus the typical yellow and white stucco found on other locations.

The new hotel is minutes away from the airport and provides complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport, the Miller Hill Mall, Canal Park, and well, basically everywhere else your heart could desire within the city.

Inside guests will find modern interiors, free high speed wireless internet, a fitness center, indoor saltwater pool and jacuzzi, and of course free breakfast. Rooms are quite large and feature a 39" TV with premium cable channels, microwave, coffee maker, refrigerator, and oversized beds. Another great feature of the new La Quinta Inn and Suites is that the hotel will be pet friendly making sure that Fido feels right at home even when he is miles away.

While the hotel does not feature large banquet spaces there is a 300 square foot meeting room that is capable of holding 30 people for smaller meetings and presentations. 

We've included some photos below of a La Quinta Inn and Suites location that recently opened in Fort Worth, Texas (photos by La Quinta Inn and Suites). This location is designed in a similar format as to what will be featured here in Duluth however the color scheme could change to navy or warm reds.

The new La Quinta Inn and Suites project has already made a dramatic impact in the overall feel of the area due to its visibility from the Miller Trunk Highway. We are quite certain that this new hotel project is just the start of what will become multiple new developments that will truly change this particular area. It wouldn't surprise us if we saw a restaurant developed soon near the hotel site as many of the surrounding parcels of land are for sale and zoned commercially and we all know how hotel guests crave a good dinner.

Reservations for the new hotel beginning the week of June 21st can be made here.

 

LA QUINTA INN AND SUITES proposed for Maple Grove Road site

A 2.5 acre site that has sat vacant for the last decade may see new life soon now that plans for a new 3 story, 98 room hotel have surfaced. The site located at 1805 Maple Grove Road in Duluth currently has only one structure on site, a vacant church, that will be demolished in order to make way for the new hotel structure. If you still can't pin point the site, it's located across the road from the former Pearle Vision and next to the former Tile Shop space (as you can tell retail has been struck hard in this area).

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So who will call the site home? La Quinta Inn and Suites is a brand that was founded in 1968 and is based out of Irving, Texas and currently has over 700 locations across the country and employs over 9,000 workers. The brand was typically found most in the southern and western portions of the U.S. until recently when their expansion plans began to ramp up. Currently there are three locations within Minnesota, Duluth would be the company's fourth.

What makes Duluth's location unique is that the company is choosing to introduce a few design alterations to it's typical hotel facade. Some may argue that it's even reminiscent of the "northwoods." The traditional southwestern "tower" that is found in the design of most of the company's hotels has been significantly lowered in order to comply with the city of Duluth's ordinances, while stone facades have introduced as new elements.

We think this is great news as far as development goes! It will add some life to the Maple Grove Road retail sector that many thought may die off once the intersection with Miller Trunk Highway was cut off. The site has been vacant for many years and this seems to be the perfect project to jump start some other developments on the area. With people staying on the section of roadway, it may intern attract restaurants and possibly even an additional hotel (there is 4 acre vacant site down the roadway a bit) that could even further spur development. This also is welcome news to the area after last year plans for a new Hampton Inn and Suites hotel behind the  Stone Ridge Shopping Center were scraped due to neighborhood resident concerns about the project.

If approved, construction could begin as soon as March.

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