My husband and I like to stay at the Westin when we travel. We found them to be all booked up for the weekend of the Fourth of July, when we were in town for a family wedding, but they recommended Le Meridien, so we thought we would give it a try. It was an interesting experience.
There is nothing technically wrong with the hotel. In fact it has many things to recommend it. It is clean, with artwork in the foyers, hallways and on every wall. Not all of this artwork was to our taste, but it was certainly interesting. The rooms are large,with comfortable beds and sitting areas. The staff were willing to help when needed. The hotel has a nice location, downtown and close to activities, shopping and dining. Finally, there was a restaurant attached to the hotel, which (while we did not get a chance to sample the menu) both smelled good and had a delectable menu.
However, there were some disappointments as well. They do not warn you that there is no parking at this hotel - you have to pay for valet every day, and the price is relatively steep. Your other option is one of the street parking garages located in the blocks around the hotel - these are expensive as well. On another note, the bathroom had a fancy modern design... which would be fine except that since the wall was made of glass you can see people while they shower (disconcerting if it is anyone other than your significant other, or if someone is showering when people come to your room). Also, this glass wall means that the whole room lights up when one of your party visits the restroom in the middle of the night. I was not pleased to be woken at 3 AM to a bright room just because my husband had to use the restroom and turned on the lights. Also, the sink splashes water everywhere! Finally, someone from an outside line called our room directly in the middle of the night - it was a wrong number - we have never had that happen to us in a hotel before.
If we find ourselves in Minneapolis again, we will certainly try another hotel before booking here again, but I wouldn't altogether say I would never ever stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Le Meridien Chambers Minneapolis is the country's first luxury art hotel. We have 60 guest rooms on 5 floors of 2 historic buildings and offer guests free admission to Walker Art Center. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Meridien Chambers Minneapolis Hotel Minneapolis
- Chambers Hotel Minneapolis