New “geek chic” hotel coming to campus

by Bryna Godar

The University Hotel on campus will soon become "industrial schoolhouse chic" as it launches as the Commons Hotel in October, according to a press release from Noble House Hotels & Resorts.

The release claims the new hotel will "embody a sense of inner geek in a chic setting." Guests may partake in Weekly Words with Friends Wine Hour, Retro Bar Bingo, mixology lessons, tech “time out,” or Sudoku sleep-ins.

The hotel will also feature an in-room art gallery, beakers of local beer, Harlequin Happy Hour and a scholarly shopping shuttle for museum shop hopping.

If guests want to extend the geek-chic beyond the hotel, they can embark on destination diversions such as a geek to chic makeover at the Aveda Institute headquarters, a Science Buzz meeting at the Science Museum of Minnesota, personal story and book creation at Loft Literary Center, or a tour of the world’s largest Sherlock Holmes Exhibit at the University of Minnesota.

“The new Commons Hotel is a destination unto itself, fostering a sense of exploration and curiosity among guests by creating an open and inviting environment for travelers to share their passions," said Noble House President Mike Benecke in the press release.