Boutique Hotels in Minneapolis

by Pamela Wright

Visitors to Minneapolis will find a handful of boutique properties, from an ultra-contemporary hotel with glass and chrome accents to a hotel housed in an historic Art Deco building. Most are located downtown, near major attractions, like the Nicollet Mall, Target Field, and Walker Art Center and Sculpture Garden.

Graves 601

This ultra-modern and sleek, 22-story boutique hotel sits across from Target Center, within walking distance of downtown shops, restaurants and bars. The AAA four-diamond property features a stylish lobby with floor-to-ceiling art installations, etched-glass panels and doors, and chrome accents, with splashes of black and red fabrics. The contemporary decor continues in the rooms, with glass headboards, rainfall showers, glass basins and limestone counters. High tech touches include surround sound systems and 42-inch, wall-mounted plasma TVs. The hotel has a restaurant and bar on the first floor and a 24-hour fitness center.

The Grand

This classically decorated, 140-room boutique-style hotel blends traditional decor, like overstuffed upholstery and cherry wood furnishings, with modern amenities, including marble bathrooms, spa showers and flat-screen TVs. Rooms are decorated in neutral colors of tans, taupes and golds with dark-wood furniture. Guests have access to a top-notch, 58,000-square-foot health club, with an indoor pool, and sauna and steam rooms. The hotel also has an on-site sushi restaurant and lobby lounge.

The Foshay

This swanky boutique hotel is housed in a soaring 447-foot, 1920s Art Deco building modeled after the Washington Monument. The building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has been transformed into a very hip hotel with 229 rooms. The contemporary lobby features glittering LED lights and bright colors. Rooms have custom, light-colored furniture, geometric patterned carpets and mirrored nightstands. Guests can get a bird's-eye views of the Minneapolis skyline on the hotel's observation deck on the 27th floor, adjacent to the hotel Prohibition Bar, or unwind with a massage in one of the spa treatment rooms.

Le Meridien Chambers

This 60-room boutique hotel dubs itself as "the country's first luxury art hotel." Whether it's first in the country or not, it is definitely filled with contemporary museum-quality art. The hotel is the brainchild of owner Ralph Burnet and it's his private collection of more than 200 original artworks that hang in the hotel gallery and throughout the property. Guests can linger to look at the collection and buy whatever they like; all pieces are for sale. The hotel hosts a variety of art exhibitions and openings throughout the year. Contemporary design elements, including crisp white walls and white leather chairs, highlight the lobby and guestrooms.

About the Author

Pamela Wright is a freelance writer, author of more than two dozen guidebooks, and hundreds of articles. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including "National Geographic Traveler," "Family Circle," "Family Fun," "Backpacker," "Hemispheres," "Cooking Light," "Yankee" and more. An active member of the Society of American Travel Writers, she holds a Bachelor's from Michigan State University

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