Graves 601 Hotel Minneapolis Chosen One Of The World’s Best Business Hotels For 2005 By The Readers Of Travel + Leisure Magazine

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Graves Hotels Resorts, a Minneapolis-based hotel ownership, development and management company, today announced that its flagship hotel -- the Graves 601 Hotel Minneapolis -- has been named one of the WorldÂ?s Best Business Hotels by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine.

Graves Hotels Resorts, a Minneapolis-based hotel ownership, development and management company, today announced that its flagship hotel -- the Graves 601 Hotel Minneapolis -- has been named one of the World’s Best Business Hotels by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine.

The award is part of the publication’s annual World’s Best Awards, in which T+L readers who travel for business rated top hotels on how well they cater to business travelers. Each of the categories of rooms/facilities, location, service, restaurants/food and value were included in the survey.

"Our hotel’s goal is to deliver sophisticated modern luxury comprised of technology and services that travelers seek," said Benjamin Graves, president of Graves Hotels Resorts and managing director of the Graves 601 Hotel Minneapolis. "Our guests tell us they desire a fashionable hotel with fine dining and a relaxing lounge area. Business clients need high-tech systems and functional space to be both productive in business and connected to those at home. We are very honored by this award, and believe it signifies that the Graves 601 Hotel Minneapolis is an example of what guests look for in a luxury hotel today."

About the Graves 601 Hotel Minneapolis

Conveniently located at 601 First Ave. N. in the heart of downtown Minneapolis’ business, entertainment, shopping and theater districts, the Graves 601 Hotel Minneapolis is the perfect choice for business travel.

The 21-story, 255-room luxury hotel features more than 13,000 square feet of meeting space equipped with wireless, high-speed Internet access, video conferencing and other sophisticated telecommunications technology. The award-winning foodservice staff offers custom menus and service for intimate groups of eight up to functions for 1,500 people.

A business center is available with computers, printers, fax machines, a copier and printing services. All public areas of the hotel offer wireless Internet connectivity.

All guests have access to a wealth of amenities, such as around-the-clock concierge service, 24-hour room service, safe-deposit boxes, laundry service, and spa treatments. High-level security enhances the guest experience through private guest room elevator banks with key-only access.

Each guestroom features exclusive bedding, including a top-of-the-line, pillow-top mattress atop a modern, wooden bed frame; crisp, 350-count 100-percent Egyptian cotton Frette duvets and linens; and a choice of feather or anti-allergic pillows.

In-room technology enhancements include a T1 high-speed Internet connection; a wall-mounted, 42-inch plasma screen TV; a DVD/CD player; and a wireless digital keyboard for accessing a library of movies and music, checking e-mail and viewing hotel information (including online billing).

Guestroom bathrooms feature wall-mounted plasma TVs, contemporary vessel sinks, and an ultimate "power shower" experience featuring rain showers, shower towers incorporating five body jets, or whirlpools with integrated freestanding showers.

Global cuisine is served in the award-winning, 80-seat Cosmos restaurant or through room service at any time of the day or night. The hotel’s wine list has repeatedly earned awards from prestigious magazines such as Wine Spectator. Executive chef Seth Bixby Daugherty, was selected in 2005 by Food & Wine magazine as one of the top 10 new chefs in North America, delights diners' senses with a continually changing seasonal menu, featuring fresh hand picked ingredients.

The Infinity Room is the hotel’s street-level bar and lounge, which is tucked discreetly inside the hotel and offers a special VIP area.

This flagship hotel has earned Graves Hotels Resorts many awards, including Best Roll Out Concept Hotel by Hospitality Design, the Gold List Reserve of Top Hotels in the World by Condé Nast Traveler, and three Gold Key awards from Interior Design and Hospitality Design.

For more information or to make reservations at the Graves 601 Hotel Minneapolis, visit online at http://www.graves601hotel.com, or call toll free at 1-866-523-1100 in the U.S. and Canada. More information on Travel + Leisure’s 2005 World’s Best Awards can be found online at http://www.travelandleisure.com.

About Graves Hotels Resorts

Founded in 1979 as a real estate development and management company, Graves Hotels Resort is focused on cultivating niche markets of development in upscale urban core and leisure destination markets. In 2003, the company opened its flagship, sophisticated modern luxury hotel the Graves 601 Hotel Minneapolis. Development plan call for the addition of five Graves-branded hotels in Chicago, New York City, Coronado, Calif. (2) and Costa Rica. Visit online at http://www.graves601hotel.com for more information.

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