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About Minnesota

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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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