What do Aloha, neon, and concrete have in common? Nothing. That's probably why a stay at this hotel feels so weird. It was strange to be in Minneapolis, in a stark modern hotel, and be greeted with an enthusiastic "Aloha!" It seemed as if a very diverse group of people must have sat in a room somewhere, probably with too much caffeine, and thrown out random ideas for a hotel and kept each idea.
The concept is off with this hotel.
Despite that, the hotel is okay. Rooms are clean -but they are new. But the amenities inside are cheap. The closet, or closet nook, is woefully inadequate. The bed has a strange mattress cover which tends to migrate as you sleep. Very uncomfortable. Also, the acoustics between bathroom and room are loud. I sometimes wondered if there was a wall between. Lighting was a cheap florescent bulb above bed that was reminiscent of hospital lighting. Also, the light switch made it impossible to turn on bathroom light to take an early morning shower without flipping on the light above the bed. Not good if the other person wanted to keep sleeping.
Downstairs is nicer. The gym was nice and spacious. Also very clean. The lobby is interesting, but uncomfortable furniture makes it awkward. The pool area and outdoor fireplace area were nice, but it was too cold to take advantage.
Also, there isn't any room service so forget about a snack in your room.
Basically, it's a hotel that needed more thought to make it comfortable for the business traveller. Next time, I'm staying at the W.
- 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