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Minneapolis occupies the perfect spot for a city, right by the Falls of St. Anthony on the Mississippi. And it was water which powered the city’s growth, first powering the lumber mills and then the flour mills. Some of the best places to stay in Minneapolis are around the city’s 22 natural lakes. But if you’re looking for bright lights and nightlife then the best places to stay in Minneapolis for you will be the Downtown area.
Big, friendly and forward thinking, Minneapolis is the largest city on the prairies. It’s also got everything, from great art galleries - both modern and traditional - to all the latest ideas and fashions when it comes to eating and drinking. Plus everyone seems pretty keen on you having a great time.
There’s loads to do here, but if you’re interested in art and museums then the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, the Walker Art Center and the Weisman Art Museum are definite highlights, partly for their collections, but also for the architecture! To find out more about the history of Minneapolis visit the Mill City Museum - and if you have kids they’ll probably love the Water Power Park. Fort Snelling, the state’s oldest building was the frontier outpost and here guides in period dress enact some of the stories of pioneer life.
The Farmer’s Market is another ‘must see’, as is the amazing 11 acres of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, which are dotted with contemporary sculptures - many of them much photographed and well known.
Minneapolis is a great city for biking, they’ve invested heavily in paths and ‘bicycle boulevards’ and it’s fairly easy to get to many of the main attractions on two wheels. In Winter the major bike paths are ploughed just like the main streets. Minneapolis gets mighty cold in Winter and mighty hot in Summer. In Winter you can also rely on the Skyway for getting around, a series of public pedestrian spaces on the 2nd floor of many buildings in the seven by seven blocks of the Downtown area. These are joined by enclosed bridges between buildings, so you don’t actually have to go outside at all to get around in the centre of town!
For a bit of peace and quiet the lakes offer miles and miles of well maintained walking and biking paths. For something a bit different you might like to ride a restored trolley car between Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet.
Whatever your reason to visit, our pick of the best places to stay in Minneapolis is in the perfect location for enjoying all the city has to offer.
- The Grand Hotel has a prime downtown spot just 250metres away from Foshay Tower. Its 141 rooms are elegant but understated and and some the rooms have amazing views of the city. There’s also a hip and happening bar and restaurant.
Best Hotels in Minneapolis
The Grand Hotel, Minneapolis 141 rooms from $199Minneapolis (Minnesota)
This contemporary Kimpton hotel is in prime downtown location with understated elegance, indoor pool, and business and fitness facilities. Rooms provide a restful retreat with city views and 5-star luxuries. From Steak to Sushi and cocktails to Champagne, the choice during this city stay is yours!Sights nearby - Foshay Tower is only 250 metres away.Views - Great views from hotelLively - Hip and happening.Swimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorRecommended by - Tablet
Loews Minneapolis Hotel 251 rooms from $199Minneapolis (Minnesota)
Lively and luxury meets in this downtown hotel where hospitality and comfort fight for the top selling point. The large rooms boast city views, access to business and fitness facilities. A hot spot in town is The Cosmos for breakfast catch-ups and dinner dates. Great find in a buzzy part of town!Local markets - Minneapolis Farmers Market is twice a month, and if you are in town, be sure to pop along and see the local produce.Sights nearby - Minneapolis Institute of Art has a vast and varied range of art and artefacts to be feasting your eyes on.Lively - Hip and happening.Views - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Tablet