In June 2022, the Twin Cities enters the big leagues of luxury hospitality when Four Seasons opens the region’s first five-star hotel. The man charged with getting all the details right, and there are many, is Florian Riedel, who calls Minneapolis home after a quarter-century with Four Seasons in posts from London to Hawaii. “This is going to be an amazing hotel,” he notes with an air of Germanic moderation. He expects the venture to bring new business to Minneapolis as well as be an employer of choice. “We want to support downtown,” he says. “We are strategizing about how to bring the community in, becoming downtown’s living room.” Riedel says business travel is changing, but he’s nonetheless confident in his hotel’s niche, noting that groups and events that local Fortune 500 companies once hosted in Chicago, New York, or LA will now take place at the top of Nicollet Mall.
“I am honoured to be included in this distinguished group of professionals and look forward to further connecting and collaborating with them in the New Year,” says Riedel. “As we prepare to hire more than 300 team members in the spring and open Four Seasons Hotel Minneapolis in the summer, our goal is to include, engage and highlight the Twin Cities community every step of the way.”
A new resident of Long Lake, Minnesota, Riedel began his Four Seasons career in 1996 as a busser at Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane. In the two decades since, he advanced to the role of General Manager, leading teams at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai and Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley before assuming his current role in July 2021.