Radisson Blu, Sheraton in running for Mall of America hotel flag

BLOOMINGTON, MINNESOTA A 501-key hotel to be developed at Mall of America will not be branded as a Renaissance as planners originally announced, with Marriott International dropping out of the project.

The Radisson Blu and Sheraton brands are now the leading contenders to manage the hotel based at the United States’ largest retail shopping destination, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal reports. Construction on the project is expected to begin in December.

Developer M.A. Mortenson Co. is seeking an unspecified capital infusion from whichever hotel company ultimately signs on to the US$127 million project.

The Renaissance brand appeared on architectural renderings that the developer submitted to city officials in June, but a Mortenson executive says Marriott has since quit the project and that talks are ongoing with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and Carlson Hotels Worldwide about attaching one of their brands instead. Both companies already manage hotels in Bloomington; Carlson operates the 403-key Radisson Hotel and Water Park of America, while Starwood has the 564-key Sheraton Bloomington Minneapolis South.