The upper Midwestern state of Minnesota has a populace deemed to be so famously courteous and self-deprecating that it has led to the term Minnesota Nice, and it’s not only the people who are nice. The state is home to 10,000 lakes, offering plenty of stunning natural spaces, and its largest city, Minneapolis, with world-class museums and epic parks of waterfalls and rose gardens, is also well worth a trip. Do it in style at these luxury hotels in Minneapolis – bookable on Culture Trip.
You’ll find a range of local craft beers on tap six floors above Washington Avenue at the stylish rooftop lounge at the Hewing Hotel. It’s a great place to sit outside and sip drinks under the spotlights, with the flickering flames of a firepit – and the incredible views – to keep you warm. If that’s not toasty enough, the rooftop also has a Nordic-inspired sauna and spa pool exclusively for guests, and it’s not unknown for bolder residents to dive in – even when a white Minnesotan winter is well underway.
You’ll be forgiven for thinking the Roaring Twenties never left this art deco time capsule with interiors and furnishings that are all angled, curved and glittering gold. But a keen eye will note that it’s not The Great Gatsby (1925) or even F Scott Fitzgerald to whom this hotel is a live-in ode – that would be World War I aviator Rufus Rand Jr. His popularity is reflected in the smattering of airplane memorabilia scattered throughout this 1929 skyscraper, from propellers and floodlights to gold-framed blueprints. In your room, flop onto your big bed in your Turkish-cotton bathrobe, and listen to some soothing sounds on the in-room Bluetooth system.
Sporty guests will thrive at this hotel on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. Head to the TopGolf Swing Suite, and hire one of three private bays for a virtual round on some of the most famous courses in the world, including Pebble Beach and Valderrama. If cycling is more your thing, visit the first-floor gym where you’ll find a range of Peloton bikes with 24-hour availability. When it’s time to satisfy your hunger, head to the Beacon gastropub, serving American favorites such as mac and cheese and fish tacos.