Mille Lacs Corporate Increases its Hospitality Foothold


The business arm of the Mille Lacs Band has made its fourth hotel acquisition in the past three years.

Yesterday Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures announced its purchase of the DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis Park Place Hotel in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. 

The 297-room DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis Park Place is a profitable, turn-key investment for Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures and a strategic expansion of its holdings in the Greater MSP market. Located in St. Louis Park, the hotel is minutes away from the Minneapolis Convention Center, Target Center, Target Field and the Viking’s new U.S. Bank Stadium.

With the hotel acquisition MLCV also is adding another restaurant to its portfolio – the Dover Restaurant Bar & Grill in the hotel – as well as an additional 26,000 square feet of event space.

Joe Nayquonabe Jr., CEO of Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures, said that market demand is out-pacing supply for full service hotels, making this new acquisition an important strategic addition to the Mille Lacs Band’s portfolio.

“When we look at investments, we look for properties that will perform well from day one, and that have a significant long-term upside for our shareholders,” said Nayquonabe in a press release. “We are more than pleased with the financial strength of this hotel – it outperforms its competitive set and is a great addition to our portfolio of exceptional hospitality assets.”

MLCV plans to make some modest property improvements to better reflect the standard expected of the DoubleTree by Hilton flag.

MLCV will be self-managing the property in partnership with Greenwood Hospitality.

The announcement of the acquisition comes on the heels of MLCV’s recent completion of a whole-property overhaul of its former Crowne Plaza in Saint Paul into the luxury InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront Hotel – the first IHG hotel in the state.

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In addition to the tribe's casinos—Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley—Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures ( owns the InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront Hotel and the DoubleTree Hilton in St. Paul, Minn., 2020 Brand Solutions, Embassy Suites Oklahoma City, DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis Park Place and more: including a cinema, a grocery store, gas/convenience stores, a golf course, wastewater treatment plant and a print shop.

It also oversees certain amount of the Band’s investments and considers new business opportunities to provide economic support for the Band’s future. Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures has over 3,500 employees and its board of directors is comprised of five members, who guide the business and investment decisions for the Band.

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