215 Fourth St. S.
Minneapolis Minnesota 55401United States
Upscale and eye-popping, this hotel balances contemporary and nostalgic touches but struggles at times with service.
The Hotel Minneapolis is a beautiful property in the historic Midland Bank Building. Rooms are spacious, clean and attractive: colors range from honey to bronze in solids and mod patterns. Queen rooms offer two easy chairs and two ottomans; king suites include a sofa and coffee table. Amenities include plush white robes, an MP3 docking station and amazing white-duvet-covered Sweet Dreams beds. The baths have granite counters and glass-enclosed showers have rain showerheads but no fan, so mirrors may stay steamy for awhile. The lobby is stylish and contemporary: black-and-white tiled floors, red easy chairs, daybed couches and an area with huge new Macs for quick browsing (Wi-Fi is free in the lobby, but $10.95 a day in the rooms). Classic Greek marble columns and sky-high ceilings recall the old bank lobby, which dates to 1906. The hotel, recently designated one of Marriott's new Autograph Collection, is lovely. After two visits in the past year, though, we feel it lacks the kind of service that distinguishes a good hotel from a great one. Valet service was slow. No one asked if we needed help with our luggage, either at the valet or at the front desk. In the on-site restaurant and bar, only two servers were on the clock on a busy Saturday night, and the manager watched them struggle without pitching in to help. Still, the location is ideal, linked to the Minneapolis skywalk system and close to a light rail stop. From $139; $30 to valet park overnight.