The Hotel Minneapolis, Autograph Collection
What We Love
- This former bank headquarters reeks of wealth: marble columns, the elaborate vault door, high ceilings, a huge, welcoming and stylish lobby
- Midwestern hospitality is for real – the staff could not be friendlier
- Minneapolis gets bitterly cold, but thanks to the downtown Skyway system you can stroll from your room as far as eight miles without ever setting foot outside
- Rooms are large and very well appointed, completely updated with great work desks and connectivity, large flat-screens and spacious bathrooms
- First-rate amenities: 24-hour fitness center, room service and business center
What To Know
- Because it is chic and perfectly located, the hotel is popular with wedding parties and family reunions on weekends
- During the work week it hosts a more austere business crowd
- Downtown Minneapolis is a business area and not especially appealing after hours
- If you need a cab, especially to the airport, call ahead, as they’re not often lined up outside; taking the light rail is a cheaper and more convenient option
- Valet parking is $30, but there are several cheaper garages within a couple of blocks
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
With a stay at The Hotel Minneapolis, Autograph Collection, you’ll be centrally located in Minneapolis, steps from Minneapolis City Hall and minutes from Minneapolis Public Library-Central Branch. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Mary Tyler Moore Statue and Hennepin Center for the Arts.
Make yourself at home in one of the 222 air-conditioned rooms featuring LCD televisions. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with showers feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones, as well as laptop-compatible safes and desks.
Take advantage of recreation opportunities such as a fitness center, or other amenities including wireless Internet access (surcharge) and concierge services. Additional features include gift shops/newsstands and a television in the lobby.
Enjoy a satisfying meal at a restaurant serving guests of The Hotel Minneapolis, Autograph Collection. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, express check-out, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. Planning an event in Minneapolis? This hotel has 3000 square feet (279 square meters) of space consisting of conference space and meeting rooms.
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My first time visiting Minneapolis; thus, first time in this hotel. I’d say it’s a solid 4-star hotel where the good points outweigh the bad.
I was first given a corner room, but I switched to a room that overlooked only one city street instead of two (I try to minimize street noise). The front desk staff handled my request without a hitch. All things considered, I would stay here again, and I was happy to meet a business traveler who said that he preferred this Marriott property to other ones in Minneapolis.
For your consideration:
* The hotel location is proximate to the light rail, and also to many bus lines. Excellent location for my needs.
* I think the building used to be a bank; I had fun exploring.
* My room (#734) was spacious, with plenty of room and good couch space on which to spread out some clothing. The furnishings were a little dated, but not to the point where it bugged me.
* The bathroom was big, with good counter space. The shower was excellent.
* The public spaces are very well kept, with a cool contemporary vibe.
* I had access to the concierge level, and liked that very much. The food was quite good, and the room was not crowded during the few times I went up there (compared to Residence Inn, uff!).
* The fitness center was not huge, but did (thankfully) provide a decent balance of cardio machines, weight workout apparatus and dumbbells.
* Street noise was a bit of a bummer. It wasn’t just the traffic: there are buildings that have HVAC machinery (or possibly cooling for computer rooms) that vents out the side of the building a couple stories above street level. This is 24/7 sound that can be annoying to sensitive ears. Bring along earplugs, just in case.
* My room rate had a huge price variation. $371 on Tuesday, declining each day toward $208 on Friday. The Vikings were playing nearby on Sunday, and people were saying that the room rates were sky high for Saturday and Sunday. I departed just in time. Note also, the above prices don’t include room tax or concierge fees. Ouch.
My wife and I had stayed here last year for a romantic weekend and had a wonderful experience - we loved the ambiance, the breakfast was honestly the best we had ever had at a hotel, and we were even greeted with champagne at check in (not sure if that's a usual thing, but it was a pretty nice touch). We booked this room back in July for another romantic weekend, and at that time there was no mention of any renovation taking place. Needless to say it was quite a shock to walk in and see a total construction zone. We asked about it at check-in and were told that it would be going on until early next year (no apology, no champagne). My wife had a look through her e-mails from the hotel and found only a brief mention in an e-mail received the Monday before our stay inviting us to upgrade our room for an additional fee. I'll admit that due to the fact that we didn't want to upgrade our room she didn't scroll all the way down to see that message (we had no idea that type of notice would be there). The next morning we had breakfast in the cramped makeshift restaurant (we had paid extra as part of our reservation). I want to stress that all of the staff were amazing and tried to make the best of the situation, but the food choices were limited and more reminiscent of what you would receive at a Best Western that offers hot options with the free continental breakfast. When asked at check out how our stay was we mentioned that we were disappointed that we didn't have better notification of the construction. The lady at the front desk said that at the time we booked they didn't have the construction dates finalized, but we should have received an e-mail letting us know (she also said that they had received complaints regarding the timing of the e-mail). When we told her that we hadn't received the e-mail, she said that she confirmed that my wife’s e-mail address was on file so we should have received it. Later that week we passed our feedback on to the hotel, and received a response from the Director of Front Office thanking us for our feedback and telling us that he is committed to making this right. My wife responded the next day, and we have heard nothing since. That was over a week ago.
When we booked the room it was on the understanding that we would be staying at a hotel with full amenities. Why were we then charged the same amount for a construction zone? This feels like false advertising. And honestly as frustrating as that is, our biggest pain point was that we weren’t better informed of the renovation and that no one at the hotel seems to care about that fact. We just keep being told to give them another try after the renovation is complete. 100% disappointing experience.
Knowing ahead of time that the hotel is undergoing a major lobby, restaurant and lounge renovation, that did not stop me from staying at the Hotel Minneapolis since I was there on business and would only be spending actual nights in my room. First, major kudos to the staff. From the moment I checked in, the staff could not have been more welcoming and accommodating. The rooms and hallways appeared to have already recently been renovated and were beautiful. I asked for a quiet room and got exactly what I asked for. I loved my room (room 537), its furnishings and the extremely comfy bed and pillows. I can only imagine how much grander this gem will be when completely finished. Highly recommend if you like older hotels with charm. And the hotel food was top notch!
I stayed here for one night. I was not aware that it was under construction so I did not get to observe the beautiful vaulted ceilings that are highly talked about. The front lobby of the hotel is small but clean. Check-in was quick. I had the king room and it was nice and bed was very comfortable. The bathroom has a nice shower. The rooms are nothing fancy, but they are nice and clean! Valet is $45 but there is a parking ramp across the street for the public that is $7 overnight but you have to move your car by 5am. And if you do park there plan on just leaving your car there because you can't come and go. I ended up doing the valet. I was not impressed with valet staff, they were very slow. The location of hotel is great, close to everything like bars and restaurants and also a very short drive to the freeway. I recommend this hotel. It's cheaper than some of the other hotels nearby.
This hotel staff is polite and helpful. The hotel is under construction so it is not at its best but the rooms are comfortable and clean. Love that the lounge stays open late and has good food and good drinks. They will also store your bags if your room is not available in time for a Vikings game. Love this place and a quick jaunt to the stadium.