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Where to Stay in Minneapolis

Minneapolis is made up of a number of districts, with the majority of the city's arts and entertainment options centered around the downtown area. Business travelers and pleasure seekers alike will want to search for hotel rooms within the central business district. This downtown area is home to a number of large international corporations, including Target. It's also the site of Nicollet Mall, a popular pedestrian-friendly strip with many cozy pubs and eclectic restaurants. Visitors planning on seeing a show at the world-renowned Guthrie Theater may want to find boutique accommodations along the Mississippi River in Downtown East where the Guthrie is located. Meanwhile, visitors travelers interested in touring the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and the Walker Art Center will want to compare rates at hotels near Loring Park and Downtown West. If you want to stay in one of the trendiest nightlife neighborhoods in the city, book reservations at a luxurious hotel near the Warehouse District. The revitalized part of town is home to many swank restaurants and lounges. Shoppers might want to search for budget hotels in Bloomington, Minnesota, home to the Mall of America. The gigantic shopping center features more than 500 stores as well as an indoor amusement park. You can also compare hotel rates in nearby St. Paul. The neighboring city boasts many attractions, including a children's museum and the Minnesota State Capitol. Plus, it is a short 15-minute drive from Minneapolis.

Minneapolis Hotel Tips

Minneapolis has a few annual events that attract large crowds. The Minneapolis Fringe Festival is one of the largest performance arts events of its kind in the U.S. The festival takes place every August and showcases more than 150 different acts throughout the city. Another popular event is the Holidazzle, Minneapolis' annual holiday parade. The celebration winds through downtown's Nicollet Mall multiple Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout late November to mid December. If you are planning on visiting during either period, reserve your hotel room far in advance.

Outside of the holiday season, wintertime in Minneapolis is one of the cheapest times to visit. You can frequently find cheap Minneapolis flights and affordable hotel rates during this off-season. Plus, with the downtown Skyway, you can explore the city's center while escaping the frigid temperatures. Spring and summer are the busiest tourist seasons. If you plan on scheduling your trip during this popular period, compare rates throughout the Minneapolis-St. Paul region to find the best deals.

Minneapolis Hotel Recommendations

Stay in the epitome of luxury at the Grand Hotel Minneapolis. Located downtown just a couple blocks from the restaurants and shops of Nicollet Mall, the Grand Hotel provides pleasure seekers and business travelers with an elegant boutique experience. Guests can enjoy unique amenities, including spacious marble bathrooms, a hosted evening wine reception and complimentary yoga accessories for in-room yoga. The 140 guestrooms and suites are lavishly appointed with fine furnishings and state-of-the-art electronics. The hotel also features an in-door pool, a fitness center, workout studios, a running track, racquetball courts, steam rooms and saunas. The pet-friendly hotel also boasts a full-service spa and the award-winning restaurant Zahtar. 

If you're planning on seeing a show at the Guthrie Theater, consider a stay at the adjacent Aloft Hotel. This modern boutique located on the edge of Downtown East features loft-inspired interiors, creating a hotel experience like no other. Rooms and suites are available. With their nine-foot ceilings and extra-large windows, standard guestrooms have an open, airy feel. All rooms come with a high-tech all-in-one office and entertainment center as well as roomy walk-in showers. The hotel also features an in-door pool and a fitness center that offers personal training. If you're looking to relax after a long day, visit Aloft Hotel's re:mix(SM) lounge. This swank social hub features a bar, a pool table and complimentary Internet access.

Or for a more intimate stay, consider booking reservations at the Nicollet Island Inn. Located just east of the Warehouse District on Nicollet Island, the Nicollet Island Inn makes for a perfect romantic getaway or a cozy retreat. The charming hotel claims 24 tastefully appointed guestrooms, each furnished with Egyptian cotton sheets, plasma televisions and other modern amenities. Guests can grab a refreshing cocktail from Nic's Bar, which hosts live music every Saturday night. Or sit down for a gourmet breakfast, lunch or dinner at the hotel's restaurant, which specializes in serving international cuisine prepared with regional and organic ingredients.

Minneapolis Transportation

Minneapolis has a couple public transit options for those that'd rather avoid driving. The city has one light-rail line that connects the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP) and the Mall of America to downtown. Minneapolis also operates a large network of buses. Those visiting downtown can easily get around on their own two feet, even during the wintertime. The Skyway is a series of enclosed pedestrian bridges that cover a total of seven miles of downtown. Visitors can access these walkways from inside commercial buildings and malls. Minneapolis is also incredibly bike friendly. During warm weather, tourists can rent bikes and explore the metro area via the 34 miles of bike lanes and 56 miles of off-street bike paths. Taxis and rental cars are available as well.

 
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