The Hotel Minneapolis
Why We Love This Hotel
- Occupies a 1906 building that originally opened as a bank
- Historic touches speckle the lobby from towering marble columns to the original vault door
- Attached to the Minneapolis Skyway network, for traversing the city in cold weather
- A few blocks from the shops and restaurants that cluster along Nicollet Mall
The bank that erected The Hotel Minneapolis’ building a century ago filled its main floor with towering ceilings propped up by marble Doric columns. It’s an impressive entrance, one that was preserved when the historic structure was reopened as the hotel a few years ago under Marriott's exclusive Autograph Collection.
The hotel's spacious rooms are embellished with upscale fixtures like a pillow-top bed, rainfall shower, granite counters in the bathroom and plush robes. Breakfast is served in Restaurant Max, with potted palms, tall windows, and marble and brass touches. A wine cellar takes up the former bank vault, preserving the hefty vault door with its labyrinth of dials and cogs.
To combat the seasonal chill that moves over the region, the city of Minneapolis built an extensive network of enclosed Skyway bridges. The hotel has a direct connection, meaning guests can take a scenic, slightly elevated stroll through the city toward top spots like the Target Center, to catch Timberwolves games, or Target Field, home of the Twins.
Only two blocks west of the hotel runs Nicollet Mall, a pedestrianized street that heads southwest through downtown past major department stores and other shops and restaurants. For serious spending, walk two blocks southeast to the Government Plaza Light Rail Station, where arriving trains terminate south of the city at the Mall of America. A cluster of performing arts venues also speckle through downtown, less than a mile from the hotel.