This was my first visit to the funky Aloft brand of hotels, a “vision” of the upmarket W Hotel chain. The hotel is said to be “fresh, fun and forward-thinking” – it’s certainly a bit different and mostly it worked.
In Minneapolis, the Aloft is located on the edge of downtown close to the Mill City historic quarter and new Guthrie Theater. There are some attractive restored historic buildings and shops (including grocery) nearby, but also several empty building lots. Access is easy with the Metro Blue Line tram about ten minutes’ walk and good road access. Downtown is a little further but still quite close. The hotel runs a free shuttle bus for rides within five miles.
The lobby has a bright and cheerful design with helpful and pleasant staff. There is an open bar and lounge, pool table, internet access and shop with range of drinks and snacks.
The room was a very good size and comfortable. The bed was great and there was ample desk space, storage for clothes, empty fridge, coffee maker, large safe, huge tv, etc. The bathroom was also spacious with Bliss branded toiletries. I liked how it was possible to forego daily housekeeping in exchange for a $5 voucher or 250 Starpoints.
Free wifi internet access is available, which is welcome for a downtown upmarket hotel, although I found it quite slow at times and my iPhone often had difficulty connecting, so some improvement is needed.
The food offer is slightly odd. There is no restaurant, but snacks can be bought in the Wxyz bar or purchased in the re:fuel shop. There is limited seating for eating a meal. Of course, there are plenty of eat-out options in the evening, but breakfast seemed a rather unsatisfactory affair, eating an egg-and-bacon muffin out of a silver foil wrapper perched on a bar stool amidst multi-coloured lights.
Overall, a great room and good staff, but be aware of the limited food option.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Aloft Minneapolis Hotel Minneapolis