Review: The Hotel Minneapolis, Autograph Collection

The Hotel Minneapolis is a part of Marriott's Autograph Collection. The hotels in the Autograph Collection are unique to their city and offer that boutique hotel charm you wouldn't normally find at a Marriott.

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I was able to book a Signature King room over President's Day weekend for an average of $130 a night. Rates tend to hover around $150 a night in the winter and increase to roughly $250 in the summer. Minnesota obviously isn't a hot tourist destination in February. No pun intended...

The Hotel Minneapolis was located on the Northeast side of downtown and was just a few blocks from the Target Center, Target Field and the new US Bank Stadium.

The hotel's main entrance was actually located just off of 4th St. The marble floors, marble pillars and tall ceilings gave the lobby a timeless luxury feel. The lobby also had a nice lounge area with plenty of seats and some TV's playing the Olympic Games.

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The check-in desk was located around the corner from the lounge area. I never used to be picky about the check-in process, but after experiencing a great one at the Parky Hyatt Abu Dhabi, my expectations have been raised. The associate did a fine job but he lacked information. There was no mention of breakfast, the concierge's lounge or even basic hotel amenities.

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I was assigned room 824 on the eighth floor. As you entered the room there was a closet and a dresser on the right and the bathroom was on the left.

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The bathroom was really spacious. It had a single sink with a large counter top and a huge walk in shower. The bathroom was appointed with full size Biology amenities. I'm not familiar with the Biology brand, but I thought they were pretty good.

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The king size bed was just around the corner from the bathroom. The bed was perfectly comfortable, but I thought the pillows were a little undersized. There was a TV mounted on the left side that could be pulled away from the wall to watch from the bed.

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Across from the bed was a small chair, mini fridge, a desk with some water bottles (one was free) and the usual coffee maker.

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The other facilities at The Hotel Minneapolis' were located on the 10th floor. There was no pool, but they had a small workout room with weights and cardio machines. I've never seen free headphones in a workout room until I stayed at the Cornhusker Lincoln Marriott, but it must be fairly common because they had them here too.

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The concierge's lounge was across the hall from the workout room. Service hours on the weekends were pretty slim so I wasn't able to make it in. When I went to get pictures the door was locked and my key wouldn't let me in. I wasn't sure if I had access or if no one is allowed in while it's closed? Either way, I apologize for the lack of photos.

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The hotel's restaurant, Restaurant Max, was located back down in the lobby. Since all of my meals were out with friends, I didn't have a chance to try their food. The restaurant itself looked nice and didn't seem very crowded while I was there.

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All-In-All

I think The Hotel Minneapolis is great if you're looking to spend a weekend downtown. It's only a few blocks from all three major sporting venues and a light rail ride away from everything else. The rooms are big, but not the newest or well appointed I've stayed in. If you can find a room for $150 or less I definitely think it's worth it, but I wouldn't pay more.

Who else has stayed at The Hotel Minneapolis? What are your thoughts?