The Best Hotels to Book in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Where better to spend a sunny summer afternoon in Minneapolis than at the Hewing Hotel’s rooftop pool?
Where better to spend a sunny summer afternoon in Minneapolis than at the Hewing Hotel’s rooftop pool? | Courtesy of Hewing Hotel
Sarah Russek

Minneapolis is a thriving metropolis in Minnesota, surrounded by three different rivers and made up of two contrasting halves. With museums such as The Walker Art Center and places like the TCF Bank Stadium, it’s a great destination for both art lovers and sports fans. If you’re planning a vacation to this tourist hotspot, read on for a list of the best hotels in Minneapolis.

1. Renaissance Minneapolis The Depot, for an excellent location


Exterior view of Renaissance Minneapolis The Depot – a brick building with a dark green roof – surrounded by skyscrapers
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See the best of the Twin Cities within footsteps of your room when you stay at Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel. Adjacent to The Depot, this hotel in Minneapolis sends you to sleep within walking distance of Mill Ruins Park. The concierge will turn you on to the best that the city has to offer, including the beautiful Minnehaha Falls. As for the speakeasy Hole In The Wall within the hotel itself, you’ll have to keep your ears and eyes open. The literal hole in the wall might give you a clue, though.

2. Elliot Park Hotel, for effortless hygge


Cosy seating area at Elliot Park Hotel with modern decor, including a large black fireplace, leather seating and dark-wood shelving
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Hygge isn’t hard to find at Elliott Park Hotel. You’ll find this Danish style of fun in every corner of the Minneapolis hotel. It’s beneath the eagle feather artwork hanging above your bed. It’s in every bite of handmade gnocchi at Tavola Italian Kitchen & Bar. It’s knowing that your furry friend can share in your appreciation of Scandinavian decor and wag their tail in agreement as you discuss the warm tones during a stroll through Gateway Dog Park.

3. Graduate Minneapolis, for campus exploring


A long communal table in the glamorous lobby at the Graduate Minneapolis
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Gopher fans need not dig a hole on the University of Minnesota campus; just call Graduate home for the night. This Minneapolis hotel is right on the uni grounds, putting your double-double suite across from the Rec and Wellness Center. Woodland toile exudes those lakeside Minnesota vibes that will get you excited to explore the woodsy, riverside campus while the Topgolf Swing Suite gives you a bit of indoor fun when the weather won’t cooperate.

4. Hewing Hotel, for rooftop swimming


Rustic seating area at Hewing Hotel, with leather and fabric armchairs, wooden floors and ceiling, and exposed-brick walls
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We can’t think of a better place to spend a sunny summer afternoon in Minne than at the Hewing Hotel’s rooftop pool. Actually, you’d just as soon find us there in the dead of winter as well. Open 365 days a year, along with the dry sauna and lounge, this all-season sanctuary is one of the only reasons you’ll want to bail from your room. The rustic ceiling and exposed-brick walls of the Hennepin Suite are dreamy, as are the skyline views from the George Henry Suite, but nothing beats getting a little surly in the snow flurries on the roof.

5. W Minneapolis – The Foshay, for Prohibition-era elegance


A yellow-and-blue, art deco-inspired guest room at the W Minneapolis – the Foshay
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Featuring 1920s-style decor on every floor and a Prohibition-inspired bar, The Foshay holds a historic elegance while offering state-of-the-art services. Formerly known as Foshay Tower, the building housed businesses and was the personal residence of Wilbur B. Foshay – an art student who became an entrepreneur. Guests of this landmark hotel can utilize their Whatever/Whenever® service: a patented request system that allows guests a 24-hour service line for whatever they desire.

6. Aloft Minneapolis, for a health-focused stay


Seating area at Aloft Minneapolis with a blue-patterned carpet, wooden tables and gray armchairs
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For the health-conscious guest, Aloft Minneapolis boasts a fresh and healthy aesthetic. To fuel their image, they’ve included a gourmet snack station with a myriad of waist-friendly snacks and DIY cappuccinos that are available at all times. Aloft also incorporates a sleek and modern gym for guests to stretch, lift or run at any time of the day or night. If you plan on traveling with your pet, the hotel’s ARF program aims to make your furry friend’s stay just as pleasant as yours, free of charge.

7. Emery, Autograph Collection, for an excellent location


The plant-filled coffee bar at the Emery, Autograph Collection
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Just minutes from Target Field in the trendy downtown area of Minneapolis stands the Emery. One of the most appealing aspects this hotel has to offer is its location. The Walker Art Center, Hennepin Theater District, Weisman Art Museum, TCF Bank Stadium and much more to keep art and sports fans entertained are all located within a walk or short drive. There is even a ghost tour where you can explore the supernatural aspects of the city.

8. Hotel Ivy, for a Minneapolis landmark


Reception area at Hotel Ivy, with a marble reception desk, tiled flooring, a corner sofa, and a staircase leading to floor above
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In the historic Ivy Tower, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986, exists Minneapolis’ Hotel Ivy, with more than 20 luxury suites, spacious penthouses and a spa. Their legendary wedding spaces include anything and everything a wedding party and their guests could desire: ballrooms, guest rooms, specially curated spa treatments and Hotel Ivy’s own in-house wedding specialist for the perfect organization down to the smallest detail.

9. The Marquette, for five-star facilities


An elegant, modern room at Marquette Hotel, with dark-wood panelled walls, a large bed with white linen, and large windows
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Just a walk away from Minneapolis’ culture district is The Marquette, offering stylish accommodations for a wide range of travelers. Earning five stars for their service provisions, the meeting facilities and exclusive executive lounge are the perfect way to make any business obligations more indulgent. Who says you have to choose between business and pleasure?

10. Loews Minneapolis Hotel, for tailored stays


Seating area in the bar at Loews Minneapolis, with a large black corner sofa and two red armchairs
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The Loews Minneapolis claims to be a hotel for any kind of stay, catering for families, sports fans, people on business trips and sightseers. To accommodate such a wide range of travelers, Loews offers stay packages designed for the specific needs of anyone booking here. From spacious work desks and ergonomic chairs to amenities designed to make a child’s stay more fun, any traveler is guaranteed a comfortable stay.

11. Hyatt Centric Downtown Minneapolis, for award-winning service

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Exterior view of Hyatt Centric – a brick building with large arched windows, and a black-and-gold entrance
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It’s hard to tally all the awards that Hyatt Centric Downtown Minneapolis has won – AAA Four Diamond Hotel, Best Hotels of 2015 by US News & World Reportor 12 Best Hotel Gyms in the US by Outside Magazine,to name but a few. Celebrating their 100th year of business, the hotel has learned what makes the best hotel stay through years of service. With skyway access to downtown Minneapolis, your stay doesn’t have to mean leaving the comforts of the indoors to explore what is beyond the walls of your room; it’s a perfect experience for the exploring traveler.

Nick Dauk contributed additional reporting to this article.

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