Award-winning theaters, celebrated restaurants, shop-‘til-you-drop opportunities and dozens of nature trails and parks are just a few attractions here in Minneapolis – plus there’s the 125-acre amusement park, Valleyfair. Here’s our pick of the best hotels nearby, all bookable on Culture Trip.
Formerly a thriving industrial region due to the Mississippi River’s power, Minneapolis-St Paul was battered by the 1930s Great Depression and post-war malaise. Known as the Twin Cities, Minneapolis and St Paul bounced back thanks to a building boom and today, the metropolitan area still boasts a glittering skyline. From gambler palaces and modern brick-wall blocks to high-end inns, here’s where to stay around Minnesota’s top amusement park, Valleyfair.
Renaissance Minneapolis Bloomington Hotel
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A short drive from the Mall of America, this classy four-star hotel for professionals and newlyweds has a 4,360sqft room – perfect for meetings and weddings. The spacious king rooms and suites feature hardwood floors, Venetian blinds, a flatscreen TV and a desk. You can work at the business center, buy nibbles from machines, or read in the glamorous lobby – featuring a chandelier, jumbled mix of chairs, hurricane lamp, book nooks and other fancy decor. Need some work-health balance? Swim laps in the heated, Junior-Olympic-sized indoor pool, sweat it out in the gym or wine and dine yourself on site.
With popular metro area outlets around the corner, this Burnsville hotel is very centrally located. Premier Nicollet Inn is popular with business people and adrenaline junkies who ski on Buck Hill, gamble in Mystic Lake Casino or scream on rollercoasters at Valleyfair – all nearby. Crimson tones dominate the lobby, and roomy suites and carpeted deluxe rooms all fit into the Best Western brand – as do the facilities, which include meeting spaces, a business center, bar, gym, games room and an indoor pool complete with a hot tub to unwind.
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Less than 2mi from Valleyfair, this Shakopee hotel claims to provide the best amenities in town. Kitted out with black-out shades, triple-sheeted beds, a well-lit desk with high-speed internet, flatscreen TV, ironing boards, cribs and connecting family rooms, Holiday Inn delivers on that promise. Boasting wood and space galore, the rooms are modern rustic. There’s an on-site business center, gym and a heated indoor pool, including a whirlpool for that post-meeting soak. Got a sweet tooth? You’ll love the cinnamon rolls, biscuits and pancakes at breakfast here.
Offering non-stop gaming action, Minnesota’s largest casino is a gambler paradise. It’s no surprise when their motto is, “Follow the lights.” Set in Prior Lake amid 18-hole championship meadows, this fun hotel also caters to golf enthusiasts. The spacious, carpeted smoking and non-smoking rooms overlook the surrounding greenery and come with a bathtub, flatscreen TV and desk. Facilities include a gym and spa, while you can dig into succulent meat at the Steakhouse, sip cocktails at Drinx Bar or use the free shuttle service to the Dakotah Ice Center.
Snuggling up against Lake Minnetonka’s shores – 15mi from downtown Minneapolis – Hotel Landing bristles with urban energy. Spacious modern rooms are fitted out with hardwood and carpeted floors, comfy couches and armchairs. Padded headboards and glass shower doors add elegance – more so the bright suites – along with the human-sized mirrors and chromium four-poster beds. You can choose between Romance on the Lake or All-Inclusive, among other packages, and the Nordic-inspired spa and two-story restaurant featuring brick pillars offer welcome creature comforts. Additional facilities comprise a gym and business center.
Steps from the Galleria shopping center, the Westin is made for business people. The building resembles an apartment block, featuring more than 9,000sqft of meeting spaces for conferences and weddings. Travelers can mingle at the pre-function space with floor-to-ceiling windows or sip coffee in the courtyard, where yellow flowers bloom. Rooms are white, clean and bright, complete with carpeted floors and soft couches offering forest views. Enjoy the cushiony feel of a medium-firm mattress? Simmons makes Heavenly Beds exclusively for Westin Hotels. The hot tub, gym and seafood restaurant complete this luxe experience.
Taking after an old factory with its copper-colored brick wall – while demonstrating with a drawbridge-like porch entrance and floor-to-ceiling windows that this is no run-down building – Hewing Hotel deftly blends history with contemporariness. Situated in the North Loop – close to theaters, parks, malls and the Mississippi River – it fits into the neighborhood where millers ground grain. The industrial design continues at Tullibee Restaurant and in the parquet-floor-brick-wall suites offering views of downtown Minneapolis’s skyline – along with the rooftop lounge with its heated pool, rounding off the rustic-chic atmosphere.
Built in 1908 opposite the Orpheum Theatre, the Chambers is a non-smoking, pet-friendly hotel in the heart of historic Minneapolis. It’s linked to the skyway and offers direct access to the Target Center, Target Field and the Mississippi River. Prefer to chill out? Read your book at the fire pit in the lush courtyard surrounded by neon-lit walls, stretch out on your comfy bed, or jump into the tub – bubbles and all. The art-inspired, hardwood-and-carpet-floor rooms have walk-in rain showers – and the aptly named spotlight suite comes with a balcony. There’s also a 24-hour gym.