The Hotel Minneapolis is a former Doubletree property now owned and run by Marriott as part of their Autograph Collection of unusual hotels.
In this case the HM is a former bank that was built in 1906 and has been repurposed in a stylish mid-century modern format (think Mad Men and Mary Tyler Moore era). The public areas have soaring ceilings and extensive marble, with several bank vault doors on display.
The hotel location is convenient, near the new library and old city hall at the north end of the CBD, a few blocks from the riverfront and from the Nicollet Street pedestrian shopping zone. It is about eight blocks from the Guthrie theater (northeast) and eight blocks from the convention center (southwest).
One way streets and construction in the CBD make cars impractical. The hotel offers valet parking for about $30 overnight, but area garages charge $4 for self-parking any night (in after 4pm, out before 8am), and $4 all day on week-ends.
The closest garage is the grotty but monitored Downtown Autopark on the corner of Marquette and 4th St. just one block west of the hotel. However, the garage entrance is on Marquette, which means a drive of several blocks due to one way streets and the 5th St. light rail.
The hotel rooms are a comfortable size, about 12x20 feet (22 sq. m.) including the bathroom. The rooms have large windows. Mine had a view of the building across the alley, but windows have a privacy screen for daytime and room-darkening drapes for night time.
The bedding and linens are first class. The bed has a pillow-top mattress, good pillows, a pristine white winter-weight duvet (there is a summer-weight blanket in the closet). The towels are over-sized and abundant. A terry bathrobe is included in the standard room.
There is a desk with office chair, work light, and data ports. There is a small dresser and a single cup water heater for coffee and tea.
There is no refrigerator, no armchair or second chair, no luggage rack or bench (you will spend time kneeling on the floor each time you need to access your bag), and no bath towel rack (most people must toss their large towels on the floor rather than re-use them in the morning).
The closet contains numerous regular wooden pants and clothes hangers (hooray), and an iron and ironing board.
For entertainment the room has a large screen LCD TV with dozens of cable channels, and the bedside alarm-radio has an MP3 plug to play your own music.
The breakfast buffet was not included with my room and is about $18 per person. I did not eat at the hotel.
For fresh fruit and snacks, the large Target store in the middle of the Nicollet shopping zone has a supermarket.
Computers and wi-fi are provided free in the lobby, but wi-fi is $12 per day in the rooms.
There is a fitness room on the 10th floor with several treadmills and rotary machines, a single bike, free weights, and a single cable weight station.
There is a concierge club with limited hours on week-days (breakfast and cocktails hours), but it is closed most of the week-end.
The HM staff is friendly and helpful. The front desk provides maps of the CBD and sky-walk system, but transit maps apparently are not available anywhere in the city, not even at the bus stops.
The Minneapolis transit system is geared to commuters who ride the same route every day, but it is not user-friendly for tourists. Make sure you check the transit website before you set out for any destination. Without transit maps, pre-planning a day of sightseeing is a challenge.
The best part about my hotel stay was the very reasonably rate available through an opaque bidding website. The hotel’s rack rate is better than most of its peers in Minneapolis, band when traffic is slow (a week-end in my case) the special rates are unbeatable -- less than the average suburban motel.
I would happily stay here again, especially if I got a rate as low as the one I had this time.
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