The Ivy is a smaller boutique hotel located a few blocks from most of everything in Minneapolis. The hotel combines the charm of one of the cities oldest buildings with the modern feel and amenities of the newly built connected building.
The lobby area is has clean lines and is very welcoming and easy to orient oneself. The incredibly friendly and professional staff is efficient and check in is very quick. There is a lounge in the lobby which is large enough to accommodate a few groups, but small enough to feel comfortable and cozy.
The rooms have a unique layout that make even their basic rooms feel suite-ish. The bathrooms are well appointed and decorated with ample marble. The products are excellent, as well. The room is tastefully decorated and has a large LCD TV mounted in front of the bed and a very comfortable couch in the corner of the room for relaxation. As well, the desk is roomy and excellent at which to work with a comfortable chair and easily accessible outlets for your laptop. The real attraction in the room, though, is the unbelievably comfortable bed. I had a King size bed with oodles of pillows and a wonderfully fluffy comforter. Combine that with the vault-like silence of the rooms and it makes for a benchmark night's sleep - even with 10.5 hours time difference!
In the morning, your wake up call is accompanied by your choice of complimentary coffee or tea. Roughly 10 minutes after the wake-up call, there is a gentle knock at your door with a very pleasant individual and a hot beverage. For those of you who would rather not see anyone, they person waits a few seconds and sets the tray down outside for your retrieval at your leisure. Best of both worlds!
Breakfast is served in the lounge and, although the menu is rather limited, what they serve is excellent and reasonably priced. You are, though, surrounded by some of the best breakfast joints in America, so if you do not like the offerings, you can walk a few blocks through the climate controlled skyways and choose from a myriad of places.
The absolute best part, though, of this hotel is the spa. They have a large spa area on the 2nd floor complete with sauna's steam rooms and a huge hot tube. As well, they have a state of the art gym that offers classes and personal trainers. The treatment rooms are very well appointed and the staff is extremely good. I had their signature massage which completely eradicated my jet lag. The only downside is that the spa closes at 8:00pm.
Overall, one of the best hotel experiences in Minneapolis, especially if you can get it for the right price. The big downside to the Ivy is cost. The rack rack is very expensive and that does not include internet which is an additional $14 per day. Call and see if you can get a lower price as it is worth the effort.
- Also Known As:
- Ivy Hotel Minneapolis
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, the skyway-connected Hotel Ivy hotel is conveniently located next to Orchestra Hall, the Nicollet Mall area and the Convention Centre. ... more less
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