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Minneapolis is a city I’ve had on my bucket list for ages. It’s one of the Twin Cities, it’s right beside the famous Mississippi River, and national parks are at your fingertips. There are so many reasons to visit Minneapolis.
I love reading local websites for cities when I plan on visiting them. I think it gives me a better idea of what the food scene will be like (crucial), what new bars are opening, and what events might be on when I’m going to be there. It’s a great way to get an idea of what people are going to be like, and there might even be mentions of cool new hotels.
The list of hotels in Minneapolis seems endless. There are funky boutique hotels, big chains, and small B&B style places. It makes me want to stay in a different location every night.
These are a few that I have added to my list.
The Snelling Motel is cheap and cheerful. It’s less than $60 a night which is an absolute bargain in any city. It’s right next to the bus line and only a block away from the metro, which can take you all over the city. There’s free wi-fi, free parking, and a kitchenette in the room so that you can self-cater and save even more. This is the best option if you want to save on accommodation and splurge during the rest of your time in Minneapolis.
The Commons Hotel
For just over $100 a night at the right time of year, The Commons Hotel is luxury for less. There are in-room art galleries, plus beds, and a gorgeous on-site bar and restaurant. There are book butlers, mixology lessons, and rain showers for the taking. Once you finally pry yourself away from all the fun in the hotel, you’ll step out into central Minneapolis and be able to explore incredibly easily.
The University Inn is, unsurprisingly, right next to the University of Minnesota. I have this weird obsession with visiting college campuses. I love walking around the grounds, wandering through the library, sitting on the grass and pretending I’m still in my youth. It’s a nice hotel with great amenities and is also located near the highway, making it easy to get in and out of the city. It means it’s much quieter at night than a city center hotel.
Metro Inn Motel
The thing that I like about the Metro Inn Motel is that it’s pet-friendly. It’s so hard to find hotels that are happy for me to bring my pup along, so when I saw that they were open to it, I couldn’t stop reading. With all the amazing parks and lakes around Minneapolis, I think a trip with my dog would make it even more fun to explore. It’s a great price and is close to the public transportation that will take you straight to the city center in minutes.
The W Minneapolis is definitely a splurge. I think if I were to take my boyfriend Luke with me on this trip, we might have to treat ourselves to a night or two at this plush place. The decor is sleek and stylish; the rooms have huge beds with pillow toppers and 350 thread count sheets. There are huge bathtubs just begging me to soak in them and a funky cocktail bar on-site.
Now I just need to pick a date so that the planning can begin!