The Westin Minneapolis
What We Love
- The fully equipped fitness area with state-of-the art machines and an indoor heated pool
- Room service is offered around the clock
- Views of downtown Minneapolis from your room’s private balcony
What To Know
- Pets are welcome for a $100 fee
- Valet parking is an extra $34 per day
- Although room service is offered 24-7, the menu is a bit limited
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Housed in the landmark 1941 Farmers & Mechanics Bank building, this 214-room hotel knows how to make an entrance with 34-foot vaulted ceilings, a grand marble staircase and carved wooden emblems. Contemporary rooms feature seating areas with chaise lounges and 32-inch LCD TVs, and airy balconies offer city views. The Bank restaurant serves comfort fare like rotisserie chicken with Tuscan kale and creamed corn alongside sinful shared plates like fried cheese curds with sriracha bacon dip. Parents can drop off the tots at the Kids Club before grabbing a drink at the lobby lounge’s mammoth-size oval bar, and city slickers will dig the seven-mile skywalk (a handy amenity during Minnesota’s blistering winters) connecting the hotel to downtown’s top shopping and entertainment venues.
In the Area
In the heart of Minneapolis’ bustling downtown, the hotel is a prime jumping-off point for exploring the Twin Cities. A short walk or bike along the pedestrian-only Stone Arch Bridge will land you in the Theater District, where independent companies like the Guthrie stage such classics as Pride and Prejudice. Stroll through the 11-acre Sculpture Garden, where hundreds of candlelit mason jars illuminate more than 40 original works like the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry every Thursday night in honor of the garden’s 25th Anniversary. Hark back to your mall rat days at the 4,200,000-square-foot Mall of America in the South Loop, or visit the boutique-lined Grand Avenue in St. Paul for local handicrafts and jewelry at Bibelot and high-end kitchenware at Cooks of Crocus Hill. Kick back with local hipsters with slow-roasted pork sandwiches and a glass of sangria at the Creole-style Brasa Rotisserie or go haute with foie gras meatballs at James Beard award-winning chef Isaac Becker’s 112 Eatery.
How to Get There
The Westin in Minneapolis has a great lobby space in the heart of downtown, and is a great reuse of an old bank building (Wine Vault, anyone???). The lobby, with the bar and other areas, is huge, and showcases what would be the main public area of the bank. The bank's vault converted to a wine storage and tasting area is fantastic. The rooms were very clean and comfortable (a good night's sleep here!), although they seem to be a bit outdated and could use a remodel. But, like I mentioned, they were clean and comfortable, so ultimately met my needs just fine.
Kelly Phillips (front office manager) really went above and beyond to make sure our room was ready early when we showed up with our 3 year old desperately ready for “nap time”
Awesome Service, great team !
The hotel was close to train station, and more importantly to US Bank Stadium. The room was really nice - large and comfortable. Restaurant and bar downstairs was perfect. I would definitely stay here on my next visit to Minneapolis.