Renowned for its welcoming nature, lovely laidback vibe, and thriving cultural scene, Minneapolis is certainly a fantastic place to visit. Making up one half of the Twins Cities region, the ‘City of Lakes’ lies on the banks of the Mississippi River, surrounded by beautiful bodies of water. These lend themselves perfectly to all kinds of recreational activities, while fine dining, tax-free shopping, and lively nightlife can be enjoyed in the city.
As it is a major centre of commerce – and Minnesota’s most populous city – Minneapolis also has lots of great hotels for visitors to choose from. These range from historic hotels with sophisticated, chic interiors to trendy and daringly decorated modern properties. All of them, however, boast world-class facilities and exceptional service, making them the best of what the city has to offer.
1. Millennium Minneapolis
One of the most popular hotels in town, the Millennium has clean, comfortable rooms, friendly and welcoming staff, and is connected to the Minneapolis Convention Center by the skyway.
Besides its convenient location, attractive accommodations, and excellent service, it also has an indoor pool and sauna for guests to make use of, as well as a brilliant on-site restaurant and bar.
Location: The four-star hotel is very centrally located just a short walk from Nicollett Mall, Minnesota Orchestra and Orpheum Theatre Minneapolis.
2. Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown
Rated ‘fabulous’ by guests, the Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown is a gorgeous five-star hotel that features very sleek and modern design and decor.
Equipped with a flat-screen TV and coffee maker, its spacious rooms and suites are very tastefully decorated, as are its business centre and extensive meeting and event spaces. On top of this, it also has a sublime grill house and cocktail bar for guests to try out.
Location: Located in the centre of downtown, the Radisson Blu is within walking distance of many great shops and restaurants. It is connected to the Skyway System, so you don’t even need to set foot outside.
3. Hilton Minneapolis
Another popular and highly regarded hotel is the Hilton Minneapolis. This building has a beautiful look to it, as is exemplified by its grand and gleaming lobby, lounge and restaurant.
Its large rooms are clean, comfy, and come with flat-screen TVs and private bathrooms. Guests can also enjoy its indoor pool, state-of-the-art fitness centre, and business centre.
Location: Connected via a skyway to the Minneapolis Convention Center, this Hilton is just a short walk away from many of the city’s main attractions.
4. Graduate Minneapolis
Located within the University of Minnesota, the Graduate Minneapolis is a lovely boutique hotel that is delightfully decorated with fine furnishings and quirky objects and artworks.
While its spacious rooms and public spaces look a treat, the four-star hotel also boasts an on-site restaurant and bar, a fitness centre, and event spaces, as well as friendly and welcoming staff.
Location: Perfectly placed for visiting the university campus, the Graduate is just a 15-minute metro journey from Downtown Minneapolis and all its restaurants, bars and tourist sights.
5. W Minneapolis – The Foshay
Set within the beautiful Foshay Tower built in 1929, this exquisite hotel features a lavish and luxurious interior that looks very trendy and cool.
While its arresting aesthetic draws many plaudits, it is just as highly thought of for its superb spa services and panoramic views from the 27th floor Prohibition bar and observation deck. In addition, it has sleek and modern rooms, a gym, a business centre and gourmet dining establishments.
Location: W Minneapolis – The Foshay is located in downtown, just minutes from shopping malls, theatres and tourist attractions.
6. Hyatt Centric Downtown Minneapolis
With clean and comfortable rooms, a very central location, and friendly and welcoming staff, the Hyatt Centric Downtown has everything you need to guarantee a peaceful and pleasant stay.
Its large rooms and suites each come with a flat-screen TV and private bathroom, while delicious dining can be enjoyed at its restaurant and bar. The four-star hotel also has a fitness centre and meeting facilities for guests to make use of.
Location: Situated in the heart of downtown, the Hyatt Centric Downtown is just a short walk from lots of sights and is connected to the Skyway System.
7. The Marquette Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton
Part of the Curio Collection by Hilton, The Marquette Hotel has a very classy and sophisticated look and feel to it, with extensive banquet and business spaces on offer.
As it is located in the IDS Center (the city’s tallest building), its tastefully decorated rooms and suites all boast incredible views over downtown. Besides this, it has an on-site gym, restaurants, and bar.
Location: The four-star hotel occupies a very central location right next to Foshay Tower and Nicollett Mall, with plenty of restaurants, shops, and bars surrounding it.
8. The Westin Minneapolis
Housed in a beautiful old building that used to be a bank, The Westin has grand and elegant public spaces, with its lavish lobby and resplendent restaurant the pick of the lot.
Equipped with all the latest amenities, the four-star hotel’s rooms and suites are modern and stylish. An indoor swimming pool, hot tub, and fitness centre are also on-site.
Location: Less than five minutes’ walk from the Minneapolis Convention Center, The Westin is ideally located for exploring downtown’s shops, restaurants and attractions.
9. Le Meridien Chambers
Rated ‘fabulous’ by guests, Le Meridien Chambers is a wonderful four-star boutique hotel boasting an on-site art gallery.
As such, there is a very cool and contemporary look and feel to the upscale hotel. More than 200 original artworks are scattered around its lobby and guestrooms. A unique place to stay, Le Meridien Chambers also has a divine on-site restaurant for guests to try out.
Location: The hotel lies in a lively part of downtown, with art galleries, restaurants and bars surrounding it.
10. luMINN Hotel Minneapolis, Ascend Hotel Collection
Part of the Ascend Hotel Collection, this four-star property has clean and comfortable rooms, fantastic facilities, and attentive, accommodating staff.
Tastefully decorated in a modern and sleek style, its large rooms boast a flat-screen TV, coffee maker, and private bathroom. A fitness centre, bar and meeting facilities are also available.
Location: The luMINN Hotel Minneapolis is around a ten-minute walk from sights such as Nicollett Mall, the IDS Building and St. Anthony Falls.
11. Ramada by Wyndham Minneapolis Golden Valley
Very highly thought of by previous guests, Ramada by Wyndham is an excellent four-star hotel that is ideally placed for visiting the city centre, as well as some of Minneapolis’ many lakes.
While its rooms are clean and comfy, the hotel’s friendly and welcoming staff and complimentary daily continental breakfast draw just as much praise. There is also an on-site gym and business centre.
Location: The hotel is situated alongside the Interstate 394, a ten-minute drive from downtown Minneapolis, with lots of lovely lakes in the vicinity.
12. Hewing Hotel
Located in what was once a warehouse, the Hewing Hotel features lots of exposed wood, metal and brickwork, which lends it a very industrial-chic look and feel.
Widely praised for its delightful decor, the four-star hotel has a rooftop pool and lounge for guests to make use of, as well as an exquisite Scandinavian-inspired restaurant, gym, and meeting spaces. In addition, its stylishly decorated rooms all come with their own flat-screen TV and private bathroom.
Location: Appropriately set in the Warehouse District, Hewing Hotel is a 15-minute walk from most of Minneapolis’ main sights, as well as countless restaurants, shops, and bars.
13. Hotel Ivy, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Minneapolis
If you’re looking for a peaceful, relaxing, and indulgent stay, look no further than the gorgeous Hotel Ivy, which has its own state-of-the-art spa and gourmet restaurant.
Considered to be ‘exceptional’, the four-star hotel’s rooms are exceedingly comfy; each features original artworks, a flat-screen TV, and deep soaking bathtub. To top it all off, the Luxury Collection Hotel is located in a lovely historic landmark building.
Location: Lying in a quiet part of downtown, the Hotel Ivy is a ten-minute walk from most of the main tourist attractions and is connected to the city’s Skyway System.
14. Embassy Suites by Hilton Minneapolis Downtown Hotel
While its super central location has attracted rave reviews, Embassy Suites by Hilton also scores highly for its fabulous facilities, excellent service, and stylish, spacious rooms and suites.
Very beautifully put together, its attractive accommodations look sleek and modern, as do its restaurant, gym and meeting spaces. Unlike many of the hotels in downtown Minneapolis, this four-star hotel has an indoor pool.
Location: Very centrally located, Embassy Suites by Hilton is just a five-minute walk from many attractions – from the Foshay Tower and Nicollett Mall to Target Center and Orpheum Theatre.
15. Loews Minneapolis Hotel
A superb four-star hotel, this Loews lies in the heart of downtown, just minutes from many of the city’s main sights. The upscale hotel looks very trendy and has its own fitness centre, as well as extensive spaces for meetings and events.
Delightfully decorated, its large rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV, minibar, and iPod docking station. Fine dining and cocktails can be enjoyed at its innovative and imaginative Cosmos restaurant.
Location: Loews lies right in the centre of the city next to plenty of shops, restaurants, bars, and tourist attractions.