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 absolutely loved this secret hotel tucked into a wonderful bar/cafe/restaurant in a cool location near the river. The beautiful and spacious Room 5, which comes with its own private deck (with dining table and chairs, string lights and a hammock), easily accommodated three of us. The huge, light-filled and beautifully-decorated room had very high ceilings and gorgeous large windows and was beautifully decorated. It had a king size bed and a couch that was made up into a comfortable second bed. The bathroom was equally huge with a great rain shower and lots of light from frosted privacy windows. Friendly, helpful staff and a terrific restaurant added to the charm. Best of all, a fantastic breakfast of juices, great coffee and either (wonderful) pastries or (really delicious) fresh bread and butter were delivered each morning on a tray left outside our room, which we enjoyed on the deck. Sometimes we added something extra, like yogurt with nuts and berries and almond cream for a few extra dollars. The room a very good value for the three of us, especially considering the generous breakfast that came with it. We miss our fantastic breakfasts and will return soon (to Room 5 of course).
We loved the look of our room at the Alma. It was beautiful with a gorgeous bathroom as well and lovely bath products. We had some problems though in that our room was extremely noisy (we were in room 7 on the main floor) and our air conditioner was broken on a hot evening. Sadly these things didn't make for a restful night
Hopefully these things can be addressed as otherwise it's a nice place with a great restaurant and a good continental breakfast included.
We stayed here to be close to downtown without actually staying there. We enjoyed easy walking distance to the restaurants along the river and to US Bank stadium. Having a breakfast tray delivered every morning was a nice perk. The bathrooms are lovely as are the products provided. There is some noise from the cafe below, but it didn’t bother us much. Would definitely stay here again.