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With a reputation as one of friendliest cities to visit in the United States, Minneapolis welcomes visitors with its charming hospitality, lively arts and entertainment and parks and outdoor recreation. The Mississippi River winds through the city, dividing it into distinct neighborhoods (the North Loop, Downtown, Theater District and University area, to name a few). The city is also home to fabulous hotels, including both brand-name chains and independent, boutique properties. Need some advice on where to stay? Here are the best hotels in Minneapolis.
Best Overall: The Commons Hotel
Whether in town on business, vacation or a romantic getaway, the industrial-chic Commons Hotel has something for everyone and is a solid mid-priced option in the heart of the University District. Standard Rooms have a minimum of 283 square feet of space, featuring hip but tasteful décor with brown leather and blue velvet, plus amenities such as rain shower heads, iHome docking stations and single-cup coffee makers. A casual restaurant and gastropub serves regionally inspired dishes, as well as small plates and crafted cocktails. There’s also a fitness center and self-parking (for an additional charge). TripAdvisor members appreciated the excellent service, convenient hotel shuttle, and noted that the public transportation was easily accessible.
Best Budget: University Inn
If you’re visiting Minneapolis on a budget and are seeking clean, comfortable and convenient accommodations at an affordable price, then the University Inn is a top choice. Located near the University of Minnesota, the charming, 45-room inn has a friendly staff, a small business center, fitness center and free Wi-Fi in public areas. Rooms include a full kitchen equipped with dishes, a stovetop, refrigerator, microwave and dish sink, so guests can save some cash by cooking meals in the room. A grocery store and several restaurants and bars are within walking distance. There’s also free parking and coin-operated laundry, so you can pack light.
Best Family: Hampton Inn and Suites Minneapolis University Area
As a trusted brand of hotels, the Hampton Inn and Suites delivers a pleasant stay, family-friendly amenities and a reasonable price. Located across from the University of Minnesota and within walking distance to the light rail train, the 117-room, pet-friendly hotel offers brand new, spacious accommodations. Modern rooms have microwaves, mini refrigerators, free Wi-Fi and sleeper sofas (in suites). Cribs, children’s activities and high chairs are available on request. Guests can take a dip in the indoor pool or whirlpool or squeeze in a workout at the fitness center. A hot breakfast buffet is included that’s great for families on-the-go.
Best Boutique: Le Meridien Chambers
Art lovers and travelers who prefer a boutique hotel experience should try Le Méridien Chambers, a 60-room hotel located in the Theater District. The Meridien has more than 200 works of contemporary art in the lobby and in guestrooms. Artist-designed room keys also grant guests free access to the Walker Art Center. Rooms have a minimum of 300 square feet, with minimalist designs, leather furnishings, docking stations and views of the courtyard or city. Bathrooms have heated floors and rainfall showers. The hotel also has a restaurant and bar, fitness center and in-room massage services are available. You can use the hotel's bicycle rentals are to pedal around town (there's both a winter and summer fleet of bikes).
Best for Romance: Kimpton Grand Minneapolis
If you’re looking for a romantic hotel experience, opt for the 140-room, Kimpton Grand. It's a four-diamond rated hotel in a historic building that dates back to 1915. Guests can start the evening at the hosted wine reception followed by dinner at the elegant, locally inspired restaurant and lounge. Up the romance factor by booking a couples’ massage at the LifeSpa and salon or relax by the fireplace in the sophisticated, candlelit lobby. Beautifully designed rooms and suites have leather furnishings and lavish marble baths with soaking tubs. The fitness program includes free in-room yoga mats, an athletic center and bike rentals. The hotel is located in the Entertainment District near restaurants, bars and shops.
Best Luxury: Hotel Ivy
For a smart splurge, the 136-room Hotel Ivy is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and blends timeless luxury with modern amenities. Rooms are light and airy and feature 10-foot ceilings, custom armoires, plush robes and slippers, a minimum of 400 square feet of space and limestone bathrooms with soaking tubs and glass-enclosed showers. The Ivy Spa is perfect for a little pampering, with 14 treatment rooms for massages, manicures or pedicures, plus steam rooms, saunas and a fitness center. For dining and unwinding, guests can head to a lounge that shakes up premium cocktails or the gorgeous restaurant that serves Italian fare.
Best for Nightlife: The Hewing Hotel
Want to experience the Minneapolis nightlife? The 124-room, Hewing Hotel is located in the North Loop, steps away from a number of bars and breweries, theaters and comedy clubs. The hotel is built in a century-old warehouse and features a popular rooftop bar and social club with craft cocktails, a sauna and swimming pool, plus great views of the city. The entire hotel has a Nordic, chic outdoor theme, so expect décor items such as throw blankets, deep wood furnishings, leather furniture and taxidermy in the rooms and lobby area. Accommodations feature exposed brick walls, Bluetooth clock radios, down duvets and rainfall showers. An on-site restaurant and bar serves hearty, fresh dishes from a wood-fired oven when you need to nurse that hangover.
Best Business: Embassy Suites by Hilton Downtown Minneapolis
If business is what brings you to Minneapolis, then the 290-room, Embassy Suites is an easy and convenient choice in the downtown area. Housed in the historic Plymouth building, the all-suite hotel has original granite staircases and marble corridors, but accommodations offer all the modern comforts business travelers expect. In-room amenities include free Wi-Fi, an ergonomic workspace, mini refrigerators, microwaves, dining area, premium bedding and oversized showers. Get a workout in at the fitness center or grab breakfast before attending a meeting at one 11 event spaces. During free time, guests can hop on Minneapolis Skyway System attached to the hotel for easy transportation around town or walk to sports arenas, the Warehouse District and Mississippi riverfront.