Minneapolis is known and loved for many things — its bike paths, lakes, theaters, and shopping, for example — but probably not so much for its great weather. The winters are frigid, with subzero temperatures and howling winds, and the summers are often moist and sweltering. Fortunately, the city planners took the climate into account and designed the ambitious Skyway system so visitors explore the city in comfort. If business or pleasure takes you to Minneapolis during extreme temperatures, here are the 4
W Minneapolis — The Foshay
This swanky hotel occupies what was once the tallest skyscraper in the Minneapolis skyline. The Art Deco architecture and luxe interior, which features Italian marble and African Mahogany, give the hotel an exclusive European feel. Designed to resemble the Washington Monument, the Foshay Tower is a distinctive element of the Minneapolis skyline. The W Minneapolis is packed with boutique amenities and features a posh steakhouse and swanky speakeasy-styled bar. The Nicollet Mall is just one block away by Skyway.
The Marquette by Hilton
This quintessential business hotel is located right in the IDS Center, next to the tallest building in the city. The massive 13,000-square-foot 50th floor meeting space, comprehensive business center, 24-hour fitness facility, and complimentary weekday happy hour make the Marquette by Hilton a business traveler’s dream. The Skyway is connected to the major business centers in downtown Minneapolis as well as the Target Center and Target Field, so guests can mix business with pleasure.
The Millennium Hotel Minneapolis
Visitors who come to Minneapolis for the arts and cultural scene will love the Millennium Hotel Minneapolis. Connected to Orchestra Hall and close to the Hennepin Theatre District, the recently renovated Millennium Hotel is the perfect property for exploring the Minne-Apple’s vibrant performance arts venues and fine art galleries. The sleek, modern décor and upscale amenities are a lush backdrop for theater-going visitors. Guests at the Millennium are connected via Skyway to Nicollet Mall and the upscale downtown restaurants and shops.
Graves 601 Hotel
The minimalist luxury of this Loews/Wyndham Grand property will appeal to veteran travelers who appreciate the hotel’s ultra-hip Block E address. This hotel is connected to both the Target Center, home of the Timberwolves, and the IDS Center business complex. The Loews Minneapolis Hotel/Graves 601 is also close to the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, a striking Frank Gehry-designed building. Pamper yourself at the hotel’s Embury Spa, and enjoy a fabulous glass of wine or signature cocktail at Cosmos, the hotel’s sleek, modern restaurant. Indulge yourself with Frette bedding, free Wi-Fi, and access to Lifetime Fitness at the Target Center.
Minneapolis is a delightful destination, and it’s easy to find budget-friendly hotels throughout the city and surrounding suburbs. But if you’re traveling during the the colder months, you’ll appreciate hotels connected to the Skyway. Have you visited Minneapolis lately and stayed in a downtown hotel? What are your recommendations for Skyway-connected lodgings? Share your tips and experiences in the comments below!
Sheila Westin is a freelance travel writer and food blogger who writes about the charms, cuisine, and culture of the places she visits. When she’s not on the road, Sheila enjoys exploring the excellent restaurants and jazz clubs of her native Washington, D.C. Sheila is a writer for the #HipmunkCityLove project.