What We Love
- Gratis croissants and scones from the in-house bakery
- All-natural cotton bedding in each of the seven guest rooms
- An award-winning cocktail program by Bittercube, a well-known area café
- Euro-chic interiors by Spring Finn & Co.
What To Know
- The hotel’s restaurant only serves dinner, though the adjacent café is open for breakfast and lunch
- Owner/chef Alex Roberts is the winner of a James Beard Award
- Handmade wood-and-lemon scented toiletries created by Roberts’ wife, Margo
- Guests are within walking distance of the Mississippi River waterfront
- Handicap Accessible
Cozy Nordic-inspired inn with an acclaimed restaurant, an all-day café, and just seven guest rooms
When chef Alex Roberts converted a fire station into one of Minneapolis’s first farm-to-table restaurants in 1999, he knew the makeover wasn’t quite complete. He’d always harbored hopes of turning Alma into an urban lodge, and eventually, in 2016, enlisted Armenian-French designer Talin Spring to bring her bohemian magic to the historic building. Thanks to soaring ceilings, floating stone shelves, and exposed brick walls, each room here is like an airy loft, with international accents like Japanese-style closet doors and culinary sketches from the Middle East. The main attraction is undoubtedly the restaurant, where sophisticated three-course prix-fixe dinner menus are a sustainable showcase for dishes like grass-fed bison tartare or buckwheat crepes with king crab. Before 5 p.m., the light-filled space is a cozy café, serving casual fare like antipasti platters, ricotta tartines, and fresh-pressed juices. It earns bonus points for the all-day cocktail menu, which lets you choose from brunch-time carrot-apple-ginger mimosas and nightcaps like the fennel-flavored Sazerac.
In the Area
As part of Minneapolis’s oldest riverfront neighborhood, the Alma occupies a prime pocket of Twin Cities’ real estate. Take a DIY trek to the locale’s only waterfall, St. Anthony Falls, or explore the trails along the city’s countless parks. Soak in wraparound views at the famed Guthrie Theater, which opens up its storehouse of over 30,000 costumes once a month. For more indoor fun, check out the Mill City Museum to gain insight into Minneapolis’s once prolific flour industry. Further afield, the Walker Art Center in Lowry Hill is known for its contemporary exhibitions and sculpture garden (one of the largest in the world).
How to Get There
We were in the area to visit our daughter and attend a concert. After being referred to this property, I decided to give it a try. It is a small inn, with only around 10 rooms. I loved the whole vibe of the hotel with a restaurant/cafe on the first floor. There i a very hipster vibe about the place, but everyone we encountered we're very friendly and helpful.
The cafe has the most amazing pastries and the barista made the most artful looking espresso beverages!
The only downside would be the noise level from both the street and the cafe. It can be a bit loud on certain nights. Once the midnight hour hits, it got very quiet. The inn does provide earplugs if needed, but we seemed to be fine without them.
I definitely plan on staying here the next time we are in the area!
Resided in Room #7...I Love this Hotel and Café! Located in the city, the neighborhood is quiet. The hotel is nicely appointed with amenities (especially enjoyed the Bespoke Body & Wellness bath products!). Being on the first floor and close to the Cafe, you wake up to the smell of something Wonderful baking in their kitchen. The breakfast (included in the cost of the room) is Divine!!! You can have it sent to your room or eat in the Café. I highly recommend their selected pastries, especially the Blueberry Danish. The décor is modern, and spacious (for one). And the bed and pillows were comfortable.
Enjoyed dining in the Café; the food and servers are great! Similar to the room, the décor is modern, yet comfortable.
The staff is personable; even had a wonderful conversation with Todd, the Innkeeper.
The location is convenient; in walking distance to Father Hennepin Bluff Park and the Stone Arch Bridge, which takes you into Downtown East Minneapolis. The walking bridge provides awesome sights of the Saint Anthony Falls and Mississippi River.
Would definitely stay at Hotel Alma again for its value and numerous amenities!
We arrived at the Alma Hotel on April 4th, two days before the start of the Final Four, 2019. The conversion of 528 University from a fire house to a hotel is inspired. Our room, # 5, is spacious and offers an outdoor deck. Todd and Jen, together with a welcoming and accommodating staff offered great conversation and attention to detail. We walked to Nicolette Island and across the Stone Arch bridge to various functions related to basketball events. However, we had the best of both breakfast and dinner fare at the cafe and restaurant. Michael tended to us for dinner and his service matched the 5 ***** menu. This gem of a hotel might be described as a bit “out of the way”. Take that with a grain of sea salt if you enjoy biking, running or walking. Proximity to UM lends a college vibe to the stay in the most positive way.