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Where to Stay in Minneapolis: Best Areas & Hotels, 2018

Written by Carri Wilbanks

Whether you are traveling for work or play, with the family, or on a couples getaway, Minneapolis has hotels for all styles and budgets. Most tourists will want to stay in the downtown area, which is bordered by the Mississippi River to its north. The heart of the city center is glass-and-steel skyscraper-focused with hotels like the luxe Kimpton Grand Hotel Minneapolis.

Moving west, but still in downtown, you head into the neon-lit Hennepin Avenue Theater District, where hotels like the upper mid-range AC Hotel Minneapolis Downtown are found. Farther west still is the Warehouse District, home to the stylish and good-value Hewing Hotel. At the southern edge of downtown, you'll find the Minneapolis Convention Center, which hosts a number of mid-range and luxury hotels around it.

Minneapolis is famous for its bitter cold and snowy winters, but the city is well prepared with its Skyway system, a series of enclosed and heated walkways that connect major attractions and hotels in the downtown area, including the Convention Center; Target Center, which hosts the NBA Minnesota Timberwolves basketball team and numerous concerts and events; and Orchestra Hall among others.

Where to Stay for Luxury

Downtown Minneapolis

Downtown Minneapolis

In a central downtown location, the Kimpton Grand Hotel Minneapolis is a luxe boutique choice. Inside an opulent Victorian building dating back to 1912, it features graphic marble floors, wood-paneled walls, and photo murals in the public spaces. The rooms and suites are modern elegant with velvet draperies, comfy beds and giant marble bathrooms. On-site amenities include two restaurants, one doing light, locally sourced fare; the other sushi. There is also a spa, indoor swimming pool, and fitness center. Paid parking is also available.

Hotel Ivy, a Luxury Collection Hotel is another wonderful luxury pick located right in the heart of downtown. If you're visiting in winter, the location is particularly appealing as the hotel connects to the city's Skyway system, which lets you walk between certain attractions without going outside. Inside a landmark building dating back to the 1930s, the hotel features 10-foot-high ceilings in all the rooms and suites. These also come with mahogany furniture, blue velvet armchairs, custom carpets, and high-end linens on comfy beds. There are two on-site restaurants, a spa, workout room, and paid parking is available. The hotel is pet-friendly.

If you're in town to see a game or show at the Target Center, the Loews Minneapolis Hotel is a good high-end pick as it is just across the street. It features modern rooms and suites with a relaxing white-and-grey color scheme and comfy beds draped in fluffy white duvets and quality linens. Large windows let in lots of light, and Wi-Fi is free. Amenities include a restaurant serving American fare, a luxe spa, workout room, and parking for a fee. The hotel is also dog friendly.

Where to Stay: Mid-Range

Minnehaha Falls

Minnehaha Falls

In the Warehouse District, the Hewing Hotel is inside a warehouse dating back to 1897, which has been converted into a good-value, stylish hotel. The rooms and suites come with custom furniture and original timber or brick walls adorned with local art. Beds are comfy, and rooms are spacious. Suites also feature living space and sleeping sofas, which are perfect for families. Away from the rooms, you'll find a trendy restaurant; 24-hour gym; and, best of all, a heated swimming pool and sauna on the rooftop.

In a central downtown locale just a few minutes' walk to the Target Center, with Skyway access, the Hampton Inn & Suites Minneapolis/Downtown is a popular mid-range choice. It offers updated rooms and suites, which are spacious, with comfortable beds and appealing decor. Wi-Fi is free and so is a daily hot breakfast. There is no full-service restaurant on-site, however amenities do include a convenience shop selling snacks and drinks and a workout-out room. Parking is available for a fee.

AC Hotel Minneapolis Downtown is a trendy upper mid-range hotel in a sophisticated building surrounded by theaters, shops, galleries, and restaurants in the Hennepin Theatre District. Rooms here are modern and comfortable with European design elements that utilize wood trims and floors. Many come with excellent city views as well. Wi-Fi is included, and if you're traveling with the kids, book one of the upgraded rooms with a sofa bed. On-site amenities here include a restaurant serving Spanish-style tapas, a fitness center, and parking for a fee.

Where to Stay on a Budget

Fall in downtown Minneapolis

Fall in downtown Minneapolis

Holiday Inn Express Minneapolis Downtown (Convention Center) is a great budget pick in a central location - it's under a five-minute walk from the Minneapolis Convention Center. It offers basic but comfortable rooms, which have enough space to move around and come with work desks, flatscreen TVs with premium cable, and coffee makers. The suites add kitchenettes, separate living areas, and often whirlpool tubs. The included free breakfast is a perk, and there is also an indoor swimming pool, hot tub, and fitness center.

Another popular budget choice is the Snelling Motel, which is located across from the Minneapolis VA medical center. It offers no-frills, motel-style rooms, - accessed from an exterior corridor - which are tidy and good value. They also come with free Wi-Fi, microwaves, and mini-fridges. Parking is free, and this hotel is a better choice for those traveling with a car than someone relying on public or foot transit.

Where to Stay for Families

Loring Park

Loring Park

Hilton Garden Inn Minneapolis Downtown is a good family choice just a five-minute walk from the Minneapolis Convention Center. The rooms and suites are stylish and spacious and come with either a king or two double beds for families. They feature flat-screen TVs with premium cable channels, separate sitting areas, microwaves, mini-fridges, and free Wi-Fi. On-site amenities include an American restaurant, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a fitness center, and paid parking.

Families also like the Hampton Inn and Suites Minneapolis University Area, which is within walking distance of the University of Minnesota and opposite a light rail station. It offers modern rooms and suites, which come with comfy beds, microwaves, mini-fridges, coffee makers, and flat-screen TVs. Suites add sofa beds and living space. Parents will appreciate the complimentary hot breakfast buffet and weekday to-go breakfast bags. There is also free parking, a heated indoor swimming pool, hot tub, gym, and even a coin-operated laundry machine.

Where to Stay for Couples

The Heffelfinger Fountain at Lyndale Park Rose Garden

The Heffelfinger Fountain at Lyndale Park Rose Garden

Le Meridien Chambers Minneapolis is a fabulous couples choice with a romantic, artsy vibe. The property features some 200 pieces of modern art from the owner's private collection and is in a central location, within walking distance of where the Twins play Major League Baseball. This boutique property features 60 rooms with stylish contemporary decor, comfortable beds, and extras like loaner laptops upon request. There is also a rooftop restaurant, free access to the Walker Art Center of Minneapolis, a workout room, and paid parking.

For romance also check out W Minneapolis - The Foshay. This swanky, sophisticated property is inside a historic 1920s tower, just a few minutes' drive from the Target Center. The rooms and suites are stylish, with high-end linens on comfortable beds and impressive bathrooms with black marble floors and, in many cases, standalone tubs and rainfall showers. Most also come with great views. Amenities include a steakhouse, fitness center, and loaner bikes. There is also valet parking for a fee, and the hotel is dog friendly.

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