Don't be fooled by the "Minneapolis" in the Biltmore Motor Hotel's advertising literature. The Edina motel was actually located on today's Vernon Avenue (now the site of condominiums at 5250 Vernon) Built in 1954, the hotel served many Edina newcomers, who stayed at the Biltmore while they waited for their new ramblers to be built during the village's suburban boom.
After the Vikings and Twins came to town in the 1960s, the Biltmore also advertised its convenient location to Met Stadium, as you can see in the advertising brochure below.
Here's another page of the brochure that shows the interior: rooms, coffee shop and convention facilities.
Harold Adolphsen, who later owned Hopkins House, attributed the success of his motel to consistent advertising with brochures like these. He and his wife Carolyn, who ran the hotel's gift shop, donated this brochure and other artifacts to us several years ago.
The Biltmore closed in 1984, but with 30 years as a Edina mainstay, many generations remember dining, dancing and swimming at the Biltmore.
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