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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
This hotel used to be a Kimpton and still have Kimpton touch but really it doesn't matter. I checked in at 10:00 am free of charge. Bashir checked me in with very nice attitude and even helped me to find a good spa ( went above and beyond). Room was clean and spotless.Complementary coffee was ready with a good set up at 6:00 in the morning.Great location as well. I think it is a hotel worth staying at.
Former athletic club, built around 1910, converted into a hotel. Comfortable, clean, men's club style - lots of wood trim. Bar good - and so is bar food - good for a meal - limited service hours. Pleasant staff. Would recommend to anyone wanting a downtown Minneapolis location; would return.
The Grand Hotel was clean, quiet, and comfortable. My husband and I stayed for just one night, but we would stay there again without hesitation. The staff was friendly and accommodating, and the drinks and food at the bar were exactly what we were wanting.
I even accidentally left behind a travel pillow and was promised it would be waiting for me at the front desk when I came back through the city three days later. AND IT WAS!!