ST. CLOUD – For almost a year, the St. Cloud Holiday Inn has undergone a major renovation.
Scott krause is the vice president of Sand Hospitality. He says when the company bought the property in January 2017, it didn’t have a clear plan. He says the Holiday Inn brand would have preferred to tear it down and build a brand new hotel. However, Sand Hospitality decided to renovate it instead and keep the tradition families have of going there since it opened in 1977.
The meeting rooms and event spaces were the first to be renovated. Krause says they’ve also added two large outdoor seating areas on the west side of the building.
The one that is right next to our meeting space, it was very important for us to have this pre-function space so that groups could have an outdoor reception space. Weddings can have a reception there, we have a foyer.
Krause says the outdoor space at the south end has two barbecues for guest use as well as another fire pit.
The remodel is currently in phases four and five, with 101 chambers completed and 35 more to be brought back online in about a week.
They also added four new family combinations that can accommodate up to eight people.
Krause says the final phase of the renovation project will be the Legends Lobby and Bar.
We keep the stage, we will also organize shows there. We are also going to add an area on the outside where we can have fun. It was very important for us to keep the name of Legends as well as to add the outdoor space.
Krause says the Legends outdoor patio will be built on the north side of the building. He says the new Legends will also have a new menu featuring craft beers and wine and craft burgers.
The lobby will become more open with the addition of a new exterior awning.
The last phase of the remodeling is expected to start in mid-October and end in early February.
In the recreation area, two of the swimming pools are completed with two more to go, they keep the basketball and volleyball courts and they have extended the fitness room.
When this is all done, the Holiday Inn will have 250 fully renovated rooms, up from 257 previously, as they have also added a second elevator to the building.
The original building was constructed in 1977 with additions in the 1980s and 1990s.