FAIRFIELD INN AND SUITES PROPOSED FOR MAPLE GROVE ROAD

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A familiar hotel chain may be coming back to the Duluth Heights area.

A new Fairfield Inn and Suites has been proposed for a site on the corner of Maple Grove Road and Cottonwood Avenue. Located at 1506 Maple Grove Road the four story building would house 82 guest suites, an indoor pool, lounge areas, meeting space and more. 82 parking spaces would be provided on a surface lot surrounding the building.

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This would be the second Fairfield Inn and Suites location in Duluth with the other being located on Park Point. However, Fairfield Inn and Suites isn’t a stranger to the Duluth Heights area. They actually had a location behind Walgreen’s off of Joshua Avenue up until a few years ago when the hotel was sold and rebranded as an AmericInn.

Brutger Equity INC is the developer behind the newly proposed Fairfield Inn and Suites. The company also owns the adjacent Days Inn which they are plan to renovate and rebrand as a Days Inn and Suites this spring.

Plans for the project will go before the Duluth Planning Commission at their meeting this Tuesday.

Construction on Fairfield Inn and Suites could begin as soon as June with an anticipated opening in May 2020.

 

106 ROOM TRU BY HILTON PLANNED FOR CENTRAL ENTRANCE

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Once upon a time there was a hotel planned for a baren site on Central Entrance. That hotel was soon cancelled. End of story.

Today, plans are now being revealed for another hotel at the exact same site. The site is located at 525 E Central Entrance and currently is home to nothing more than a digital billboard. A few years back a Midwest developer had proposed building a four story Staybridge Suites extended stay hotel. However, those plans soon fizzled.

This time around, plans are being proposed for a four story, 106 room, Tru by Hilton hotel. You may not yet be familiar with the hotel brand as it is one of Hilton's newest.

Right now there are just 30 Tru hotels in the world, all of which are in the United States. Furthermore, there are currently NO Tru by Hilton locations in Minnesota. Plans were floated last month for a dual branded Tru by Hilton and Home 2 Suites hotel in Downtown Minneapolis, the company is also planning an additional 20 hotel locations throughout the country. So Duluth, consider yourself special.

The Tru by Hilton brand is aimed at millennials. The hotels are vibrant, affordable, and young-at-heart. In addition, the hotels are billed as energetic, yet relaxing and comfortable. Sounds like a Tru millennial experience, right?

The standard design for a hotel features a 2,200 square foot lobby that has space for working, playing games, eating, or just simply lounging. There's a free breakfast that was ranked in the "Top 30 Breakfasts" for hotels within the United States. While the rooms maybe smaller, each room features a comfortable bed and 55" TV with premium channels. The rest of the building features a fitness center, lobby with 24/7 market, and some hotels feature a pool and hot tub.

 
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At the moment there really aren't a great amount of details available about the hotel planned for Duluth, however when those become available in early February we will be sure to let you know.

The Tru by Hilton planned for Central Entrance will go before the Duluth Planning Commission at their February 13th meeting.