Kimpton Grand Hotel Minneapolis
What We Love
- Access to the on-site Life Time Athletic Club, including classes, a running track and a six-lane lap pool
- Need extra legroom? Request a “tall” room, featuring extralong King mattresses
- Pets of all sizes stay for free. Dog-sitting and walking services are also available
What To Know
- There are no coffeemakers in the rooms. Get your free caffeine fix in the lobby every morning
- WiFi costs $11.99 a day unless you’re a Kimpton Karma Rewards member (it’s free to join)
- Expect to hear sirens: The Grand is near a Level 1 trauma center
- Parking On Site
Victorian opulence meets modern art–chic in this boutique 1912 hotel. Graphic marble floors and photo murals contrast with rich wood-paneled walls and a grand staircase in the lobby. The seating area mixes oversize purple chandeliers, low-backed leather couches and faux-fur end tables, adding a whimsical, social vibe.
Bed and Bath
The rooms are just as luxurious as the public areas, with thick velvet drapes, dark furniture and marble bathrooms large enough to be extra bedrooms. Punchy touches like deer-head silhouette pillows and textured wallpaper speak to the hotel’s push for modernity, while the C.O. Bigelow bathroom amenities remind guests of the Grand’s centurylong standing as one of Minneapolis’s finest hotels.
Executive chef Kris Koch highlights the best of Minnesota at the SIX15 Room, procuring everything locally, from the walleye for his savory fish tacos to wild rice to turkey. The upstairs Rare Steak and Sushi features a larger menu of mostly Asian-inspired dishes, including 21 sushi rolls and a wide array of beef options, from a cheddar-filled burger to filet mignon. Rare’s happy hour is one of the best in downtown Minneapolis ($5 appetizers and sushi rolls; $3 wine, rails and beers), but the SIX15 Room lounge is the place to go for a killer cocktail; the list of signature and classic concoctions reads like a sexy novel. Spa services cover all the basics, including haircuts.
In the Area
Minneapolis is a city of arts, nature, and adventurous dining — sometimes all in one place, as at the Walker Art Center. Its (free) outdoor sculpture garden is home to the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry. Admission to the center itself is free on Thursday evenings, which is also the night the restaurant, Gather, is open for dinner. James Beard Award–winning chef Tim McKee’s ultra-chic fine dining restaurant La Belle Vie is just down the road. See a show at the internationally renowned Guthrie Theater, where Rainn Wilson and David Hyde Pierce got their stage legs. During intermission, step outside onto the Endless Bridge for an incredible view of the Mississippi River. Head to Marvel Bar for one of Pip Hanson’s handcrafted cocktails, complete with hand-chipped ice.
How to Get There
We were lucky enough to get a room here through Hotwire. The stay was enough to make me seek them out for all future trips to Minneapolis. It was beautiful, the hotel room was classy. It was quiet, private and luxurious. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Highly recommend!
Sometimes TripAdvisor gets it wrong. Not knowing Minneapolis at all, I simply booked this trip based on the slew of reviews and just its pure TripAdvisor ranking. Big mistake!
We were given among the worst rooms I have ever stayed in, in a 4 star hotel. The so called "luxury suite" was a stuffy, dark room with a window the size of a turret window, and an old fashioned air conditioner that blew warm stale air. They moved me to another room, --- this one had a tiny window that literally faced a cement wall. Air conditioner worked, albeit it sounded like a train was constantly running through the room.
But let's say we just had super bad luck, The hotel was oversold, so few rooms were available. The general hotel vibe was kind of creepy. Low ceilings, weird lighting, everything slightly off, a setting for a Coen brothers movie. Stingy not 4 star details. Like they have no soap, just soap containers bolted to the wall. The air conditioner does not allow you to make it colder than 68 even if it's defective and sweltering. They give you no complimentary water bottles, forcing you to raid the mini bar. Details inconsistent with my experience of good hotels.
Finally, and I almost never complain about this type of thing -- the front desk staff, while nice enough, were poor. They charged me for a so called luxury suite although they had moved me for my cement wall room. When I pointed out that this was a regular room, they said they would discount it by 50 bucks although this is not typically the price difference between the 2 rooms. I was so desperate to leave this place, I just let it go.
So many more great hotels in the city -- just stay somewhere else. I moved to The Ivy and LOVED it! Next time, I will just stay there.
I stayed here for just one night on business. but man do I wish I'd had more time. Every aspect of my stay was great.
Checkin/front desk: Midwestern hospitality at its finest. Such lovely people. Helped me sort out my dinner plans and also asked the right number of questions for a backup key when I lost mine.
Gym: AMAZING facility, it's a commercial gym but built within what appears to be an old ballroom. Anyone who's planning a workout on the road should want to stay here. I've never seen a nicer gym at any hotel that wasn't billed as a "wellness retreat".
Room: tastefully decorated and with a COMFORTABLE bed.
Lobby bar: not the sort of thing you usually expect to stand out, yet it did! Friendly and fun!
Spent two nights here to see a St Louis Cardinals/Twins game. Room was very nice with a huge bathroom. Bed very comfortable no noise issues. Bonus for us was that the Cardinals were staying here also, so we had a couple sightings of players in the lobby. Kimpton is our favorite hotel brand, and this on did not disappoint.
A very nice stay at this hotel! Spacious room, with good desk/working space, super-comfy bed, and giant bathroom. On top of that, entrance to nearby (in the same building) full-size gym included. That alone really made my day. The hotel is pet-friendly, but since I am allergic I asked for a pet-free room. They offered an extra deep-cleaning before my arrival, very thoughful - goes to show the attention to the customer!