Hyatt Regency Offers $69 “Blizzard Rate”

Now through March 31, the downtown Minneapolis hotel will offer its special "blizzard rate" on weekdays whenever at least three inches of snow are predicted.

Despite the region's harsh weather, Twin Cities travelers can rest easy.

The Hyatt Regency Minneapolis announced Friday that it will offer a “blizzard rate” of $69 now through the end of March. The rate will be offered by the downtown hotel Monday through Friday whenever at least three inches of snow are predicted, if rooms are available.

Hyatt spokeswoman Katharine Hughes told Twin Cities Business that while the rate will be offered to everyone, the hotel expects it to mostly attract local commuters stuck downtown due to the weather. Guests who had been staying at the hotel and paying regular rates can also ask for the blizzard rate if they had to extend their stay due to a snowstorm; the $69 rate will apply to those extra days. The rate, however, can't be applied to lower the cost of a reservation that was previously made.

The Hyatt Regency is undergoing a $25 million renovation that began late last year. The renovation-which will be complete by late spring-will reinvigorate the hotel's 533 guest rooms and suites, public areas, and restaurants, and the architecture and design will incorporate elements that reflect Minnesota's culture and history.

Hughes said that in light of the renovation, about 350 rooms are currently available to guests at any given time.

The Hyatt Regency Minneapolis is the state's fifth-largest hotel based on number of rooms. It offers 74,000 feet of meeting space, a business center, wireless Internet access, various dining options, an indoor pool, and a health club.