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
- 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
I have stayed at this hotel a number of times and it is a nice experience once inside. The thing I noticed upon each stay in the winter is that the electric doors are always blocked off. You have to go around to the valet's door to get in. It was like this for each of my stays and come to find out they block off that main entrance all winter. Every other hotel downtown leaves their main entrances open for their guests. Apparently this one is too cheap to pay for the heating bill. Not a complaint so much as an observation. Still a nice place once inside.
1st time staying at The Westin, the employees were all so friendly and accomadating.
I told them we will be back on Thanksgiving because our son works downtown on Thanksgiving day and Black Friday.
Your decor was warm and inviting, we loved the suite-Big Bathroom with tub and a separate rainfall shower and a make-up mirror too.
The only negative thing is the price for parking-if you stay there it should be less$$ not more$$
*Thank you so much to Kayla, Andrew L., Thomas, Marco they were Excellent!!!!*
Recently I had some time to kill beforehand meeting downtown and decided to stop into the Westin Hotel. First, I had no idea it also houses the bar/restaurant BANK. And who am I to not belly up to a new bar for a quick drink before I go (I’m always in search of a good Whiskey Sour!).
If I’m correct, “Abraham” the bartender on that afternoon, was extremely friendly, and made one of the BEST whiskey sours I’ve ever had. I would have stayed longer for another time permitting.
After my awesome drink, I went in search of a restroom and went up to the front desk of the WESTIN HOTEL. Not only did “Reid and Alex” direct me to the nearest (and cleanest) bathroom, they also answered an array of questions I had about the hotel, the architecture of the building, help me with bus route questions and direct me to my next destination; I also got a little tour of the lobby and the Vault!
Although I didn’t actually stay at the hotel that night, these three gentlemen ensured that I will be soon and have already recommended it to out of town guests.
If they’re staff went up and above for a curious, one drink, visitor, I can only imagine how the rest of the staff treats actual “guests!”
Definitely check this place out!!!
Comfortable. Classy. Warm. Acccomadating. Excellent breakfast choices. Perfect location. Unique decor. Warm. Inviting. Catered to my business needs. Staff/customer service was wonderful. Will stay again.
We stayed here with our puppy when we went to a concert at 1st Avenue. It was super nice! Very affordable, very accommodating and really walkable to all locations. The only thing that was a negative is that for being a dog friendly hotel, there wasn’t too many places for a dog to use the bathroom... I understand it is in the city but a little grass area would have been nice. But other than that, the hotel was great, bed was super comfy and the entire hotel was very clean! We will definitely be back in the future!!