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The midwest is a black hole to this New Yorker. It’s a place I know little about and yet seems to hold so much interest for me. There is a lot to see and do, so many cities to explore, restaurants to discover, and hotel pillows on which to rest my head.
One place I’ve been researching lately is Minneapolis. A friend visited recently and hasn’t stopped raving about it. There are tons of craft beer, cool distilleries, a fun nightlife, plenty of sporting events, music venues, and boutique shopping experiences to be had, and I want a piece of that action.
While I’ve been looking into visiting, I couldn’t help but notice how many great boutique hotels there were in the city as well. For me, staying in a funky hotel in Minneapolis is just as much a part of the traveling experience as the city sights. Here’s a list of my top five choices.
Holiday Inn Express
The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites is a great mixture of affordability and location. Most rooms are under $100, and it’s right in the downtown area, which is ideal for exploring. There’s an indoor pool and jacuzzi, a gym for keeping fit in the mornings, and it’s near the sports stadiums.
Located right in the Riverside Mill District, Aloft Minneapolis is a gorgeous boutique hotel with an artistic flare. The hotel itself is beautifully decorated, has a pool and 24-hour fitness center, and two on-site bars. I’m really intrigued by the area it’s in. It’s surrounded by tons of art galleries and museums, a side of Minneapolis that I didn’t know existed.
For a taste of luxury, Loews Minneapolis Hotel is where I’d choose. There’s a spa and steam room available, a restaurant and bar, and it’s nearby a few of the local music venues like First Avenue and Target Center. The rooms are fully kitted out with wifi, big plush beds, and a Keurig coffee maker with top-of-the-line coffee. A stay here might make me forget what else I wanted to do in Minneapolis.
The Grand Hotel
I’m in love with The Grand Hotel Minneapolis. The decor is sleek and modern, the rooms are elegant but minimalist, and I cannot wait to dip my toes into one of those jacuzzi baths. The hotel itself has amenities I’ve never heard of but want in my own home: a morning delivery of fresh coffee, a yoga channel so that you can do your down dogs in the privacy of your own room, and mirrors that are designed to make putting on your makeup as easy as possible.
The Commons Hotel
Any hotel with an in-room art gallery is a place I want to stay. The Commons Hotel is a truly unique experience and one I would love to have when I visit Minneapolis. In an old schoolhouse building, they have managed to keep its industrial charm while adding really plush details with oversized chairs and big comfortable beds. The bar looks like something straight of prohibition and the lounge with indoor fire pit is exactly where I want to sit with a cocktail at the end of a day of sightseeing.
I’m really excited about all there is to see and do in Minneapolis, but I might be slightly more excited about all the places there are to stay!