Le Meridien Chambers, Minneapolis
What We Love
- Decorated with over 200 pieces of modern art from owner Ralph Burnet's private collection
- Located just a few blocks from the Twins stadium
- Bring the pooch: The hotel welcomes pets for a $100 deposit
- In-room massages and beauty treatments (no spa onsite, though)
What To Know
- WiFi is an additional $12.95 per day
- The hotel has partnered with Walker Art Center Minneapolis; guests can gain access to this premier contemporary art museum free of charge
- Rooms have a modern, minimalist look
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
With sleek furnishings and rotating art exhibitions, Le Méridien Chambers seems markedly more Manhattan than Minneapolis. But the friendly service, city views, and proximity to the Twins’ Target Stadium all remind you you’re right in the heart of the Mini Apple. The 60 room-hotel’s contemporary décor is complemented by equally modern amenities like iPod docking stations and laptops (upon request); WiFi will cost you extra, though. Chambers Rooftop restaurant serves up American fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner (or dine in thanks to 24-hour room service). Bonus for art fans: Le Méridien has partnered with Walker Art Center Minneapolis—guests can gain access to this premier contemporary art museum free of charge by showing their hotel key card.
In the Area
You’re just down the street from Target Field, which reason enough to enjoy a hot dog and a brewski over a Twins game. Or spend the afternoon with the greats — Rembrant, Delacroix, and Monet, to name a few — at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, home to a permanent collection of over 83,000 pieces. When hunger begins to strike, head over to neighborhood newbie, Butcher & the Boar, for a lobster grilled cheese and selection of craft bourbons and beer. And if you’re still feeling indulgent, locals swear by the tagliatelle with foie gras meatballs at 112 Eatery, run by James Beard-awarded Executive Chef, Isaac Becker. And while you’re here, there’s no getting around it: The Mall of America, is the 800-pound gorilla of Twin City attractions. It has an amusement park and countless stores, and it occupies nearly 100 acres (seven times the size of Yankee Stadium!). You just have to see it. About 40 million people do every year.
How to Get There
I stayed here to attend a concert at the Orpheum and it was the best decision ever. It's literally across the street. No worry about getting there or parking. There's a lot of construction going on in this area right now so it's tricky navigating the area, but not a show stopper for me.
The hotel is clean and well maintained and my room had all of the amenities that I needed for a comfortable stay. The bathroom is large with a very large shower (no tub in my room). Shades block light when you are trying to sleep during the day. Since my room faced the street, this was welcomed. The bed was comfortable. A complimentary water was available for guests. The television operation was weird and I had a hard time finding the news. Navigating through the channels took a long time and sometimes the channel would freeze and you never got to it. Not sure if this is the case in all of the rooms, or just my experience.
There is a restaurant for your convenience that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sunday night seemed really busy. I am not as impressed with the breakfast as others, but it was sufficient.
Walking distance to restaurants, shops, First Avenue, Target Center, and many other attractions. Location is excellent.
Valet only parking with in and out privileges. There is limited space to park to check in when you arrive so I had to wait for a space, but otherwise, it's convenient.
I would stay here again.
- Room was clean and bed was comfortable.
- Breakfast at Mercy was terrific. Friendly service and delicious food.
- Shampoo smelled of mint.
Things I was not fond of:
- Conditioner smelled of cilantro.
- Construction on the streets in front of the hotel was an inconvenience, no where for uber to pick up had to lug suitcases and walk to get away from construction to be able to get picked up.
- Construction noise was jarring, although only occurred during daylight hours.
- Elevator was poorly lit. I felt unsafe getting into a dark box as a woman travelling alone, a good general rule is to stick to well lit places.
- TV was frustrating, no guide was available and trying to change channel seemed to freeze up the tv. I just wanted to find a sports channel, but after 15 minutes of trying still could not. Guide button on remote did not work. Could not find any on-demand tv options. Please allow for operator error, but having a guide of any kind would have been helpful.
- Window coverings are blinds, typically I prefer drapes. Personal tastes vary though, some may find modern decor more to their liking.
Chef Tyler made me great ceviche after the restaurant closed. Was fantastic and wonderful service. He went out of his way to take care of his guest. I have always stayed at a Le Meridian, love the French influence