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“Young vibe, but oldster enjoyed” 4 of 5 stars
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3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   900 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415 (Downtown)   |  
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Ranked #25 of 48 Hotels in Minneapolis
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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67 reviews 67 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
“Young vibe, but oldster enjoyed”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012 via mobile

I was helping to throw a huge event for a bunch of Italians, with many components coming together at the last minute. I booked a room, knowing that I'd be exhausted and didn't want to worry about the 45-minute drive home that night.
To begin, the staff-- Brian, Chris, Caroline,Troy, and others-- were wonderful. Helpful. Professional. Calm yet upbeat. As far as food events go, they could use one tiny little sink near the event room (c'mon, even a boring conference needs water pitchers refilled), but otherwise, the space and open areas around it worked beautifully. The bar is lovely, vibrant, and very cool. It is worth a visit, even if you are not staying at the hotel.
As for the room, this is a "concept" hotel, which translates to "really open, including the bathroom, and pretty close quarters." I woke up thinking about a huge event piece I couldn't account for (its whereabouts), and wanted to roll over and call the front desk to see if someone tucked it away. The room phone had no standard "front desk" button. It was just a plain Uniden or something handset. Luckily, I had a smartphone, had to look up aloft online, then called the hotel's main number. But sheesh. There was also a familiar but unusual and pervasive smell throughout the halls and in the room -- car air freshener? Glade? It wasn't totally unpleasant, but it felt as if something was being covered up. It got a little cloying. There is no room service, although they have a "refuel" station in the lobby that is a step up from vending machines, but not quite a Brueggers or similar spot. Good coffee.
Having said all that, the bed was one of the most comfortable beds I've slept in, the room was blissfully quiet, the staff were super accommodating, and, if we host the event here again, I will stay overnight! Longer stays may not be as comfortable as other Mpls options.
But definitely stop into the bar for a visit.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Sunbury
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012 via mobile

This was my first Aloft experience and I enjoyed the stay. It is a long walk to the downtown area but the Old Stone Bridge is close as well as the old mill district. Nice rooms and amenities. Lobby staff were cheerful and friendly. Great bookstore and comic book store across the street. Would stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Waukesha, Wisconsin, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

I usually love staying at Aloft Hotels. When i arrived to the hotel, it was around 1am and the parking structure was "full" even though there were multiple cars coming out of it. So we had to park in the back where it was dark and not a good area to be unloading at 1am. Went to check in and the gentlemen at the front desk was very eager to get us out of his way. I asked for any food options since we traveled all day and were very hungry and he said they had no restaurant near by or anything else to recommend. That was satisfying! The staff was unfriendly to say the least. We just wanted to get out of there and go The Hotel Ivy the next night, which made this place seem like an Economy Inn. Sorry, but we will not be staying here again.

Room Tip: Don't come hungry and be prepared for the staff to want to get you in and out.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Johnston, Iowa
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160 reviews 160 reviews
36 hotel reviews
Reviews in 45 cities Reviews in 45 cities
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

My husband and I along with another couple recently spent a night at this hotel for a game at the Metrodome. The location is perfect - just block away. We have stayed at other Aloft properties, and this one was just as we expected. Our room and the common areas were clean. Our only complaint was in terms of the bed and pillows. The mattress was HARD (and this is coming from people who like a firmer bed) and the pillows were way too soft. We were concerned about the noise level as clearly this is a popular hotel for people going to the game, but it was quiet in the rooms.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Homewood, Alabama
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43 reviews 43 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

Everyone at this hotel was super friendly. The hotel is in a very convenient location to the Guthrie Theater. No shuttle from the airport, but the light rail stop is only 2 blocks away. The hotel does have a free shuttle that drove me everywhere I wanted to go (within a 5 mile radius - remember to tip!).

Rooms are "modern" with lots of ways to connect your devices to the tv (bring your own cables, though). The bed was surprisingly comfortable. Great gym area. Fast reliable wifi (for a hotel, at least) - I was attending a conference at the Guthrie where wifi was awful - came back to the hotel to get work done.

Parking tip: If you just need to park your car and don't need in/out, just park in the Guthrie deck. It's $8/day as opposed to the $15/day through the hotel.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012 via mobile

We were there to attend a concert and it was a surprise for our daughter, we were impressed how the whole staff (even the shuttle driver) were able to keep the secret! The staff were fun and very nice, I highly recommend this hotel and will be back.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
32 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

My wife and I had been initially turned off by the Aloft brand when we had stayed next door to a loud party (at the Baltimore Airport). This trip we gave the brand another chance when the le Meridien Chambers was completely sold out. The Aloft really impressed us. It is not in the middle of things in terms of downtown minneapolis, but it is close enough and a ton cheaper than the hotels that are right in the middle of things. Also we were able to park for free on a Saturday night by parking behind the building and not in the garage parking. The rooms are exactly like every other aloft - hip modern and highly functional. Our room faced away from Washington and was quiet and very very clean. We were extremely happy with our stay.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 900 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415
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Location: United States > Minnesota > Minneapolis > Downtown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#21 Romantic Hotel in Minneapolis
#26 Business Hotel in Minneapolis
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — aloft Minneapolis 3*
Number of rooms: 155
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Aloft Minneapolis is a bold new hotel featuring loft-inspired design for an easy Twin Cities stay. Stroll out our door to explore downtowns trendy Mill District, rich in history and culture. ... more   less 
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