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“A More Minimialist Version of W Hotel” 4 of 5 stars
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aloft Minneapolis
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   900 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415 (Downtown)   |  
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Ranked #29 of 49 hotels in Minneapolis
Baltimore, Maryland
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“A More Minimialist Version of W Hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

I stayed at W Hotel in Boston last year and found it quite comfortable, so I decided to try its less expensive cousin Aloft in Minneapolis. While the hotel rooms are quite comfortable and almost identical to the W Hotel in Boston, Aloft has fewer amenities. My main complaint is that while there is a bar serving a few bar treats, there is no restaurant for anyone who wants a real sit-down breakfast. You can get muffins, bagels, yogurt, fruit and wrapped egg meals in the lobby, but my latte (from a machine) was undrinkable. Nevertheless, there is a free hotel shuttle that will take you anywhere within a five mile radius of the hotel. This includes the University of Minnesota and most of the good downtown restaurants. Forewarned about the slim breakfast choices, I would still stay there again if I wanted an inexpensive but comfortable hotel room.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

This was my fourth visit to this property and it is always delightful. This is a small hotel in the Guthrie Theater - Mill part of the city. The hotel is part of the Starwood and W chains. The decor is modernistic, but not obtrusive. It is great for someone that would like to feel 20 again, even if they are old an in no way can feel 20 again! And if you are 20, well you are in the right place. Registration is fast. The lobby is relaxing, very modern, and fun relax, socialize or work. There is music in the background but not so loud as to require anyone to talk above a normal tone of voice. There is a pool table if you are so inclined. There are couches, seating at a bar (that also serves as the restaurant, and another bar-type seating around the pool table. The bar has tiny rectangular LEDs built in that makes it a visually pleasant experience. I have eaten dinner and snacks at the bar (named WXYZ) and although the menu is not extensive, there are enough choices for the weary traveler. The food is very tasty and inexpensive for the quality and quantity. The bartenders have all been very friendly and helpful. There is a lot of attention to detail throughout the hotel, with fun surfaces throughout. The rooms are on the small size but I do not feel crowded. It is large enough for a couple. The bed is very comfortable and the linens are very nice. The work area has plenty of outlets. The desk chair is about the most comfortable one could sit in for hours. There is a large screen TV mounted on the wall facing the bed.... so if you are in bed it is right in front of you. The bath area well laid out.

I get a good feeling when I am here. Enough said.... keep up the great work.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

The hotel concept of small efficient rooms was interesting and comfortable enough. The amenities are nice and the location near the Guthrie and the bike paths was terrific. The staff was very friendly. Parking could have been more convenient (public lot across the street, but considering this was downtown, not too bad. Free shuttle was a nice option, but busy when we wanted to use it to get around downtown.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

Solid Aloft. I wish all Alofts were as good as this one is.

- Excellent Service
- Great location in Minneapolis
- Parking not too terribly much
- Like the other Alofts, not too impressed with all the pre-packaged foods (and they're not cheap)
- The bartender during our three nights was quite an unhappy individual and it showed (she was quite rude and off-putting)
- Great Bliss toiletries
- Be sure to stay on a higher floor so folks in buildings next door can't see you in your birthday suit.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Andrea N, Starwood Hotels & Resorts at aloft Minneapolis, responded to this review, October 31, 2013
We greatly appreciate your feedback, thank you for sharing. It’s wonderful to hear you enjoyed our convenient downtown location and our in room amenities and products. We are dedicated to superior customer service and have shared your comments with our W XYZ Bar team members to ensure each and everyone of our associates are upholding one of our most important core values. We hope you choose to stay with us again so we can treat you to another memorable stay. Thanks again!
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Boston Mass
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

The decor of the hotel is a little too clangy and brutalist-modern for my taste... the lobby is open with too many video screens vying for attention. That said, it is great to have a lobby with a bar that serves hot food till midnight, where you can sit and visit with friends on comfortable seats. Open breakfast area has coffee and an espresso machine (thanks!) in the mornings. My room faced the park... peaceful and quiet. My colleagues with rooms facing the avenue said their rooms were not too noisy either and had cityscape views. It's a little odd to enter through the bathroom (!), but the room was comfortable and spacious with two queen beds, plenty of places to plug in, good internet connection, and enough light (though it took me several tries to figure out all the switches). The staff were helpful and friendly. Warning: if you tell them you don't want the towels or sheets changed, the service people don't enter the room at all, so no re-supply of coffee/tea or emptying of trash.
All in all, I think this place is a good choice, and an excellent value for money.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

First time staying at an Aloft Hotel. It tries to creat a cool, hip vibe...and succeeds. Room was on the smaller side, but clean and minimalist. No restaurant but you can eat at the bar while listening to DJ piped in music. Also has a pool table in the lobby. Didn't try the salt water indoor pool, but looked nice.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Andrea N, Starwood Hotels & Resorts at aloft Minneapolis, responded to this review, October 31, 2013
Thank you for sharing your review with us. We are delighted to hear you found our modern, chic hotel to be welcoming and enjoyed your time with us. We hope that you choose to stay with us again the next time you are in Minneapolis. Thanks again and take care!
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Menomonie, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

Very little "extraneous" bits to this place, which is good. Hot water maker and refrigerator in room. Free coffee, tea, and a bottle of water every day. No tub. Although some aspects of the hotel are a little too hip (like the music they play in the lobby), I like the soothing colors, lighting, and cleanliness of the space. Weekends can be a little noisy in the area but there are always ear plugs. Parking information is confusing but you'll figure it out quickly enough and there is often more space in the ramp across the street. We stayed when I ran the Twin Cities Marathon and the hotel let us check out late, allowing me to rest, shower, and change without rushing.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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
#21 Family Hotel in Minneapolis
#32 Business Hotel in Minneapolis
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — aloft Minneapolis 3*
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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