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So welcoming and friendly are the people of Minnesota that the rest of the USA gently teases them for it, referring to “Minnesota nice”, the term for that old world courtesy, consideration and folksy charm that has lingered on in this vast mid-Western state from the days of the earliest (mostly German and Scandinavian) settlers. And the owners of the best places to stay in Minnesota would all wish to be considered in this way too!

Modern Minnesota – the name comes from the Dakota word for “clear blue water” – is known for its progressive political outlook, its relaxed pace of life, and also its rich cultural gifts to the USA and the world, not least spawning contemporary musicians as diverse as Bob Dylan and Prince. Numerous great writers have been inspired by the breathtaking prairie and woodland landscape from Laura Inglis Wilder (Little House on the Prairie) and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Hiawatha) to Garrison Keillor (Lake Woebegone Days).

But outside the bustling, culturally-rich twin cities of Minneapolis St Paul most of all the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” is known for its gorgeous natural assets, including fabulous state parks and nature reserves which maintain the heritage of the native American tribes who gave the state its name. This all makes it a great place for families, explorers, ice-fishers, hunters, lovers and loners. The best places to stay in Minnesota reflect the state’s surprising contrasts, and of course, all are imbued with that spirit of hospitality, reflecting both the ancient native American harmony with the land, and the legacy of the days when European settlers first arrived in this harshly beautiful landscape in their covered wagons.

For city chic

  • The Grand Hotel in Minneapolis offers contemporary style in a fabulous downtown location, plus there's an indoor pool, daily hosted wine reception and delicious food. Perfect for business or pleasure!

Nothing here that fits the bill? Browse through our list of the best places to stay in Minnesota, or contact one of our friendly gurus for advice.

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Best Hotels in Minnesota

  • Graduate Minneapolis Minneapolis 304 rooms from £71

    Local exploring  -  Great base from to explore the city's lively astronomy and arts scene; museums, restaurants, music & sport venues are all nearby
    Value chic  -  Amazing value - especially for those associated with the university - for prime real estate with super-happening sociable vibe
    City Style  -  Feel like a student but from a centrally-located luxe boutique base with buckets of style, character and comfort
    Learning  -  Located in the heart of University of Minnesota campus, with special rates for students and alumni
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    Grand historic hotel in the heart of campus reinvented as a cool modern boutique hotel with whimsical style and a laid-back feel. Channelling lake house chic, playful interiors match the vibe. Enjoy the golf suite, lively restaurant and bar plus happening lobby lounge that attracts a local crowd. See More

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  • Celeste of St Paul St Paul 71 rooms from £86

    Weddings  -  Host an intimate wedding in the property's chapel; expect double-height ceilings, stained-glass windows & Old Master replicas
    Suites  -  One of the suites is located within the former chapel. Spread over 550 sq ft, expect 18 foot ceilings and ornate moulding
    Local exploring  -  Located on the Light Rail Central Line, it's super easy to get to Minnesota University, sites, stadiums and malls
    Views  -  Certain rooms over iconic views over the Capitol
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    Iconic Victorian building in St Paul downtown. Within grand soaring spaces eclectic decor references a rich past with oriental carpets, wooden beams & antique furnishings. Breakfast room and bar provide F&B. Formerly a convent, there's an on-site chapel. Handsome boutique hotel in the heart of town. See More

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  • Lora Stillwater 40 rooms from £91

    Local exploring  -  Explore Stillwater easily from this hotel, with many of the city's main attractions within walking distance
    City Style  -  With well-appointed rooms on a heritage site in a great location, this hotel has lots of Minnesota style
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the town's historic courthouse - the oldest in Minnesota - housed in an 1867 Italianate style building
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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    This boutique hideaway is set on the banks of the St Croix in Minnesota. Built on the site of a historic brewery, beautiful architectural details thread throughout the property, with part-exposed stone contrasted against pastel walls and contemporary art. A uniquely stylish base for local exploring. See More

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  • Hotel 340 St Paul 56 rooms from £101

    Gym  -  Home to Saint Paul Athletic Club, impressive two-level 68,000 sq ft facility with fitness classes, Pelatons, pool, sauna & steam
    Short fly break  -  Efficiency Room offers a comfortable base for single travellers or those after an affordable central location for short stays
    Local exploring  -  Well-located base for exploring the city; restaurants, bars, theatres, public transport and riverside are all minutes away
    Groups  -  Several spacious multi-room suites offer stylish home away from home for friends or families travelling together
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    A boutique hotel located within historic St Paul Athletic Club building. European-style decor harks to a bygone era with grand fireplaces, antique beds and glossy wood floors; suites are especially lovely. Access to the health club's pool, welcoming lobby lounge and downtown location are real draws. See More

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  • St James Hotel Red Wing 67 rooms from £119

    Local exploring  -  Well positioned on the river in the historic centre with many of the city's attraction in walking/cycling distance
    Historic  -  A family owned and managed hotel for the last 140 years with only three owners throughout that time!
    Whirlpool Bathtub  -  Choose one of the Whirlpool Queen, Whirlpool Double-Queen or the Whirlpool King rooms
    Great walks  -  Go on day-long hikes in Frontenac State Park
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    A grand & historic hotel set on the Mississippi River. With the unusual claim of being a family-run establishment for the last 140 years, this property is filled with character. Rooms are traditional and each completely unique. There's modern American fare and an atmospheric bar. A charming stay. See More

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  • Elliot Park Hotel Minneapolis (Downtown) 168 rooms from £123

    Business meetings  -  Great location for business with both U.S Bank Stadium and Minneapolis Convention Center within walking distance
    Full of character
    Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
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    Enjoy luxury amenities and a prime location at this modern downtown hotel. Spacious rooms with mid-century interiors prioritise comfort; city view suites work for long stays. High-tech in-room touches, gym, Italian restaurant and Irish pub mean that needs are met for both business or leisure stays. See More

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  • Emery Minneapolis (Downtown) 229 rooms from £124

    City Style  -  Crowd-pleaser that ticks all the boxes for travellers prioritising location, comfort and understated style
    Great walks  -  Admire the impressive 53-foot waterfall while walking in Minnehaha Park
    Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
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    Modern downtown luxury hotel. Rooms and suites channel simplistic elegance with modern interiors and artwork to match. 24-hour gym with the latest equipment, an Italian restaurant and all-day dining options make this the perfect place to rest your head, whether you are staying for work or play. See More

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  • Round Barn Farm Red Wing 5 rooms from £132

    Country Escape  -  A homely rural property set in 25-acres of beautiful fields and woodlands — ideal for a quiet country getaway
    Romantic Break  -  Primed for romance, suites each boast a working fireplace and a whirlpool tub designed for two
    Weddings  -  The property makes a beautiful backdrop for an intimate wedding
    Great walks  -  Take a hike up Barn Bluff and enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding area
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    A historic round barn, turned B&B, set in 35-acres of picturesque woodlands & fields. 5 spacious suites are traditionally dressed with wooden floors, cosy fireplaces, and antiques; each boasts a spa bathtub. With in-room massages, ever welcoming hosts, and generous breakfasts this is a rural idyll. See More

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  • The Saint Paul Hotel St Paul 254 rooms from £133

    Business meetings  -  Just 5 minutes walk to St Paul’s RiverCentre and home to a conference centre, ballrooms, boardrooms and suites for entertaining
    Weddings  -  Classic wedding venue since it opened; expect European-style elegance across range of event spaces
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Cathedral of St Paul, Minnesota State Capitol and James J Hill Mansion
    Views  -  Rooms overlook Landmark Plaza, Rice Park or downtown Saint Paul
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    Set amongst pretty gardens close to the river, the city's grand dame hotel is a bastion of old-world elegance and charm. Doormen in top hats, English Afternoon Tea and a classic Grill restaurant create a wonderful nostalgic feel. Classic rooms offer city and park views. Deluxe downtown institution. See More

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  • The Outing Lodge Stillwater 7 rooms from £138

    Country Escape  -  The place to do very little and enjoy your natural surroundings. Go for country walks and spend afternoons by the roaring fire
    Active Holiday  -  Trails for hiking, biking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, horseback riding and rollerblading surround the property
    Weddings  -  The perfect setting for a romantic wedding. Garden offers limitless guests and in winter say vows in front of the fire
    Whirlpool Bathtub  -  In addition to fireplaces, Amelia Earhardt and Eva Peron rooms come with indulgent two-person jetted tubs
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    200-year old Georgian-style rural manor house surrounded by 300 acres of wooded parkland. Vast indoor spaces boast rustic antique furnishings and candelabras. For a special stay choose a room with a fireplace, jetted tub and four-poster bed. Quiet country B&B ideal for weekends away or weddings. See More

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  • James Mulvey Inn Stillwater 3 rooms from £148

    Local exploring  -  Quaint base from which to explore the charms of small-town Stillwater. Search for antiques and visit historic sites
    Romantic Break  -  Snuggle down for a cosy weekend with two-person tubs, crackling fires and movies in bed
    Local markets  -  Head to Aamodt's Apple Orchard for apple-picking, sweet treats, on-site winery and wine shop
    Swimming Pool  -  Small outdoor swimming pool is situated amongst leafy garden grounds
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    Idyllic Carriage House built in the style of an English country cottage on the grounds of a larger mansion. Individually decorated themed suites come with fireplaces and jetted tubs. Walk to the breakfast cafe & local sites or sunbathe by the shaded outdoor pool. Secluded couple-friendly hideaway. See More

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  • The Grand Hotel, Minneapolis Minneapolis (Minnesota) 141 rooms from £155

    Sights nearby  -  Foshay Tower is only 250 metres away.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
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    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! See More

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  • Loews Minneapolis Hotel Minneapolis (Minnesota) 251 rooms from £155

    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.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
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    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! See More

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  • Hewing Hotel Minneapolis 124 rooms from £158

    Local exploring  -  Bordering downtown, North Loop is well-known for its restaurants, bars, shopping, farmer's market and vibrant theatre scene
    City Style  -  Perfect choice for urban travellers who revel in properties with custom artwork, hand-crafted furnishings and hip dining
    Great walks  -  Walk along the banks of the Mississippi, hike at Minnehaha Falls or stroll through the Walker Art Center's Sculpture Garden
    Swimming Pool  -  Enjoy outdoor spa pool and Nordic sauna on the hotel's rooftop
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    Historic warehouse transformed into a trendy North Loop boutique hotel. Industrial-chic interiors blend exposed brick, timber and metal touches. While Scandinavian influences extend to the restaurant & rooftop sauna. Sleek rooms have an urban haven feel. A luxe option and a local favourite. See More

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  • Habberstad House Lanesboro, Minnesota 6 rooms from £163

    Active Holiday  -  The Root River Trail is one of the biggest draws to Bluff Country, with hiking trails, biking opportunities and water activites
    Whirlpool Bathtub  -  Book the Scandanavian Suite or Heather Suite for a two person whirlpool tub
    Fishing  -  Fly fishing is a favourite activity of many who visit Lanesboro
    Local markets  -  Visit the farmer's market every Saturday in Lanesboro
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    A historic inn set on the outskirts of Lanesboro. Rooms are comfortable and unique with Scandinavian, Amish and contemporary décor reflecting the diversity of the region. Each has a fireplace and a spa bathroom. With homemade breakfasts, a large porch, and pretty gardens, this is a charming stay. See More

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  • The Davidson St Paul St Paul 8 rooms from £172

    Local exploring  -  History and architecture-lovers will adore the Summit Avenue location; it's the longest avenue of Victorian homes in the US
    Total relaxation  -  Quiet sense of calm pervades all spaces; read a book by the fire in the library, enjoy the gardens or soak up the views
    City Style  -  Home-away-from home: feels as if you're staying with well-heeled friends in their leafy central St Paul's residence
    Groups  -  Suites 302 and 303 share a hallway and can be booked out together for up to four people
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    Turn of the century mansion on historic Summit Avenue. Built in the style of a Arts & Crafts English manor house. Well-kept gardens, river valley views and wide-open hallways create the feel of a country home. Suites are huge, all come with kitchenettes and lounges. Elegant St Pauls pied-a-terre. See More

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  • Rivertown Inn Stillwater 10 rooms from £176

    Romantic Break  -  Pick one of the suites with double jetted bathtubs and fireplaces for the perfect setting for a romantic break
    Groups  -  The property makes for a unique choice to rent out in its entirety for a special event
    Whirlpool Bathtub  -  The Agatha Christie and Oscar Wilde suites have double jetted bathtubs
    Cooking classes  -  Book a stay during one of the monthly culinary classes
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    A characterful B&B, dating back to 1884, set in historic downtown Stillwater. Individually styled rooms and suites have bags of charm. Think, rich fabrics, heavy antiques, oriental rugs, and original fireplaces. Breakfasts are gourmet & evenings start with wine and hors d'oeuvres. Ideal for couples. See More

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  • Historic District Bed and Breakfast St Paul 5 rooms from £180

    Groups  -  Cosy Carriage House is ideal for friends travelling together; there are two bedrooms and a shared living space
    Local exploring  -  Homely base to visit the Twin Cities. The sites of both St Paul and Minneapolis are all within reach
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Minnesota State Capitol, Fitzgerald Theater and the Minnesota History Center
    Minimum Stay  -  Carriage House carries a two-night minimum stay
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    Charming owner-run B&B on a quiet leafy street. Lovingly restored Victorian home and Carriage House feature handsome open-plan living areas and rooms with a historic feel but modern creature comforts. Enjoy afternoons on the covered porch or gourmet chef-cooked breakfast. A perfect mix of old & new. See More

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  • Covington Inn St Paul 4 rooms from £181

    Weddings  -  Fun venue for an affordable and unique wedding; book out the boat exclusively and bring your own food and drink
    Local exploring  -  Cross Wabash Bridge and walk to downtown in 15 mins. Explore sites, theatres, shops and restaurants
    Views  -  Whether night or day, views and reflections of downtown St. Paul's skyline are fantastic
    Romantic Break  -  Cosy and novel in equal measure, the boat offers an unexpectedly romantic stay
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    Historic three-story towboat on the Mississippi River across from St Paul downtown. Cleverly designed cabins decorated with mahogany, brass and bronze fixtures feel nautical and homely; all have warming fireplaces. Enjoy breakfast in the river-view salon & a sun-bathing deck. B&B with a difference. See More

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  • Pier B Resort Hotel Duluth 140 rooms from £191

    Total relaxation  -  It's very easy to never leave the property with impressive facilities on-site that can be enjoyed in both summer and winter
    Views  -  It's all about views here. Enjoy pink sunrises, cityscapes, iconic Aerial Lift Bridge and ships in the working harbour
    Active Holiday  -  Outdoor activities include snow-shoeing, boating, hiking, mountain biking, ATV and helicopter tours
    Hot Tub  -  Lake-front hot tub is a massive drawer. Enjoy views over Bayfront Park and the harbour as you soak
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    Contemporary lakefront property situated in Duluth's working harbour. Funky rooms and suites with industrial tones look out onto Lake Superior and iconic local sites. Make the most of the views from the indoor pool, patio, waterfront hot tub and outdoor dining area. A unique and relaxing resort. See More

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  • Hotel Crosby Stillwater 55 rooms from £257

    Suites  -  Five different kind of suite offer indulgent options for weekends away; they offer privacy to families and are super comfortable
    Local exploring  -  Walk to most of this revived rivertown's attractions before returning for relaxing afternoons at the pool and spa
    Roof terrace  -  Enjoy the view year-round from the cool contemporary rooftop deck with hot tub and lounge areas
    Spa  -  Local Luxury MedSpa and salon offers range of massage, cutting-edge cosmetic and beauty treatments
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    Located in the heart of town, this new-build property has lots going for it. Contemporary rooms and suites with a cosy barn feel feature exposed brick and wooden beams. On-trend restaurant and bar, happening rooftop deck with hot tub and an on-site spa offer lots to do. Of-the-moment stylish base. See More

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