It was a handful of years ago when I got the inside scoop that Radisson was going through a radical rebranding and redesign. I was skeptical, as making the change of an established brand and large entity such as Radisson can take years. Many, many years. And the challenge is that as those years pass, sometimes the new concept is already dated before it actually gets executed.
I had a chance to get a peek at the concept guest rooms a couple of years ago and thought “good for them if they can pull it off.” After seeing some hotel renderings last year, a few words came to mind. Modern. Eclectic. Sleek. Innovative. Inspiring. Oh, yeah, and maybe even a bit Mysterious.
None of these words fit the Radisson I knew.
The Radisson Blu MOA is now like the cool kid that everyone wants to get to know. When I was invited to their Social (Media) Event, I took the opportunity to check it out.
Entering into the hotel at night made me think of what it would be like to explore through ice caves without the chill (maybe because of the heat from the ultra hot sitting area).
And if you want to be the man about town, you can hang out in the art room while the concierge finds the best concert tickets or best stadium seats for you. (I can’t promise the concierge will be as good looking as the one in the photo).
I was ready to move in, as these rooms are right up my alley.
Of course, I would want to spend most of my time in the Executive Lounge!
The bright and light event space is not what I would normally associate with the Radisson brand. Having a modern neutral space gives unlimited potential to transform the space…corporate dinners to fundraising galas to weddings, which Bloomington desperately lacked.
Planning meetings is not interesting to me because they don’t involve “pretty things”. But if the room is pretty….well, maybe its not so bad…
Need to cool off? Just jump into the crisp, blu waters of the pool at Radisson Blu MOA.
The hotel is definitely worth checking out. If you aren’t planning on staying overnight, go for a drink or dinner.
** Note: When I was initially told about the rebranding, I was told that the flagship property downtown would not be turned into a Blu property. However, just last week, the ownership of Radisson Plaza changed hands with plans to turn it into a Blu property with Carlson Companies continuing to manage the hotel. After seeing the MOA property, I cannot wait!
Radisson Blu MOA
2100 Killebrew Dr Bloomington, MN 55425
Photography courtesy of Carlson Companies