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
- 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
Stayed at this hotel for date night. Dinner and a trip to the Orpheum theater. Check-In went smooth and the room was very nice. When I tried to open the mini fridge I could not get it open. I called and 15 minute later maintenance arrived and realized it was stuck on a piece of trim in the cabinet. He moved the fridge and we were able to open it. When I opened to move some items to put some juice i brought into it, I noticed that the orange juice that was in the fridge was expired by over 1 month. The cranberry juice was expired over 18 months. This led to to look at the snack options that were on the counter. The cookies were expired by almost 18 months and the pretzel mix was expired by over 2 months. I called the desk and they said thy would replace the items while we were out enjoying our evening. When we returned the items had been replaced. That evening they offered me a 20% refund on the over $300 (including parking) that I spent there. The next morning when we woke up we wanted to use the cappuccino machine in the room. However, one of the pods for the machine was also expired by 2 months. It is now 5 days later and I just called regarding the refund. The Director of Rooms said that "finance doesn't work on the weekends and the refund will be around $24 when we see it". Mind you, it is Friday today and 6 days after check out.I thought it would be a great idea to have our first real date night at a small boutique type hotel, but I was apparently mistaken.
I was in Room 410, a very large room. It has a queen bed, handy power sockets near the bed, two armchairs, big desk with chair, big TV, large closets, ledge on which you can put a bag, a luggage rack and full-length mirror. There is an in-room safe to store your valuables, and an iron and ironing board. The fridge has a mini bar and there’s coffee-making facilities.
The bathroom is also very large, with a shower, hairdryer, two sinks, large mirrors and makeup mirror.
Despite the hotel being on a main road, the room was very quiet. The location was convenient for tourists. I managed to walk to a lot of places from here.
The picture tells you all you need to know, They took a dingy, old, six story building and tried to infuse an “industrial chic” vibe. Public spaces are minimalist and institutional. The room was not small, but hardly what I was expecting at a rate in the mid $500s! I quickly learned that the windows had been poorly chosen and you could hear EVERY conversation of every passerby, to say nothing of experiencing a night filled with traffic and sirens (I live in Manhattan! There are windows that block this stuff out!). They know they have a noise problem as I discovered they provide a professional grade white noise machine. It was too late and I was too tired to request a move. After a lousy night’s sleep, I ventured to their restaurant, appropriately named “Mercy” (which you will be begging for). The menu is extremely short on choices and descriptions. The food, once ordered, was quite good. But the dining room is dark and the service slow. I moved to another hotel that is twice as nice and half the price. I have stayed in hotels in Minneapolis for 65 nights this year. Tried this for a change. It was not the change I was seeking. Skip this! It’s not near anything but Hamilton (whose audience voices, post theater, will engulf your room). Stick with The Marquette, the Radisson, Loews, Westin, even their sister property, the W is better.
Check in was late. They need to get their guests out in time so that check in is not delayed. Room was supposed to have 2 beds and only had a King. Not sure whose mistake it was. Hotel is nice, but not luxurious. Rooms are modern and well appointed. All the employees were helpful. Location was great if you are going to the theater. Mercy Restaurant is on the premises and excellent. Would stay here again.
I choose this hotel because of the proximity to the theaters. Well after check in, our room was not ready. However, the manager offered us drinks at Mercy which was very gracious. When I finally got to my room, I was upset because it did not have two double beds. Apparently they have NO rooms with double beds. I had to request and pay for a roll away bed for my teenage daughter. Typically there is a $25 fee but they did credit my bill upon check out. So, with all these issues, why am I giving them a 5 star rating? Because, not only was the hotel charming, smelled heavenly and clean, but their customer service was outstanding. They addressed all my concerns and the manager Stephen did nice things to make me happy before and after check out. My experience is an excellent example of a hotel with first class customer service.