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Stretch your body and mind in Minneapolis

Minneapolis is a place for outdoor-lovers, with myriad biking trails, watersports on the Mississippi River and 170 parks, rightly earning the Minnesota city its moniker of “Fittest City in America.” Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and the Chain of Lakes that break up the city beckon walkers and swimmers respectively. But don't let the greenery fool you, Minneapolis also has a growing artistic community inspired by multiple museums like Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Walker Arts Center, first-rate venues like the Guthrie Theater, and an eclectic line-up of shops and restaurants.

Things to see

Minnehaha Park

Minnehaha Creek, a Mississippi River tributary, has earned lasting fame thanks to Minnehaha Falls, the 53-foot-tall waterfall that Henry Wadsworth Longfellow mentions in his poem “Song of Hiawatha”. You'll find these falls at Minnehaha Park, an urban oasis encompassing picnic grounds, a dog park and the Princess Depot historic train station. Also on the premises is the John Harrington Stevens House, constructed around 1850, and the first government-approved home west of the Mississippi.

Museums of Minneapolis

Take a free look at painting, sculpture and design from across the globe at Minneapolis Institute of Arts, with its roving temporary exhibits, interactive kid-friendly exhibits, and works by the likes of Poussin and Georgia O’Keefe.

Head over to the University of Minnesota campus and you can spy some of architect Frank Gehry's finest work in designing the Weisman Art Museum, also home to modern art from Alfred Maurer and other notables. Minneapolis also has the Bell Museum of Natural History, for imaginative displays of everything from moose to gophers.

Foshay Tower

Opening in 1929, the 447-foot-tall Foshay Tower was Minnesota's first skyscraper, and it remained Minneapolis' tallest building until the early 1970s. Now a hotel, its opulence is a reminder of the 1920s heyday of America and you can see exhibits that tell Wilbur Foshay's life story at the Foshay Museum. Travel up to the observation deck on the 31st floor for citywide views that won't disappoint.

Travel information

By air

Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP) services the two cities in its name. It's among the busiest airports in the country and includes two terminals. You can pick up a rental car, shuttle, taxi, light rail train or bus there and it takes around 20 minutes to drive to downtown Minneapolis. A good smattering of Minneapolis hotels is located close to the airport, including a Hyatt Place and an Embassy Suites property.

By rail

In May 2014, Amtrak stopped using the venerable Midway Station for passenger service; nowadays, if you travel by rail to the Twin Cities, you disembark at Saint Paul Union Depot, which is about a 17-minute car ride from central Minneapolis. A gorgeous station with a neoclassical exterior, you can board a bus or light rail to get around town. Day and longer-lasting Metro Transit passes are available for hopping from one train to other.

Best time to stay

For people who love winter sports, the best time to visit Minneapolis is in December, January or February. Be forewarned, however, that the region's wintertime temperatures are usually below freezing. Even if you're in Minneapolis in November, March or April, you're still likely to see snow on the ground.

Fortunately, it's easy to find cheap room rates during all of the months listed above. Note as well that the city is adept at snow removal, and there are many enclosed bridges downtown to help keep travelers warm.

As far as summer goes, while the city does experience the occasional hot and humid day, June, July and August mostly feature temperatures around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. During this season, a host of festivities take place, the most impressive of which is August's Minnesota State Fair.

Recently booked Minneapolis hotels

Hotel Last booked Stars Price from
The Grand Hotel Minneapolis a Kimpton Hotel
Downtown - Minneapolis
5 hours ago 4 stars $92
The Westin Minneapolis
Downtown - Minneapolis
6 hours ago 4 stars $111
Sheraton Bloomington Hotel
Mall of America
6 hours ago 4 stars $90
Radisson Blu Minneapolis
Downtown - Minneapolis
7 hours ago 4 stars $108
Downtown - Minneapolis
8 hours ago 3 stars $94
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bloomington - Minneapolis South
Mall of America
10 hours ago 4 stars $67
Doubletree Guest Suites Minneapolis
Downtown - Minneapolis
10 hours ago 3 stars $116
Aloft Minneapolis
Downtown - Minneapolis
11 hours ago 3 stars $79
The Hotel Minneapolis, Autograph Collection
Downtown - Minneapolis
11 hours ago 4 stars $98
Hotel Ivy, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Minneapolis
Downtown - Minneapolis
12 hours ago 4 stars $127

Recently Rated Minneapolis Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Minneapolis Marriott City Center
Downtown - Minneapolis
4.2 / 5
114 reviews
4 stars $119
The Commons Hotel
Downtown - Minneapolis
3.9 / 5
43 reviews
4 stars $132
Downtown - Minneapolis
3.9 / 5
97 reviews
3 stars $94
Best Western Normandy Inn & Suites
Downtown - Minneapolis
3.9 / 5
168 reviews
3 stars $109
Residence Inn by Marriott Minneapolis Downtown/City Center
Downtown - Minneapolis
4.4 / 5
15 reviews
3 stars $119
The Grand Hotel Minneapolis a Kimpton Hotel
Downtown - Minneapolis
4.3 / 5
136 reviews
4 stars $92
The Hotel Minneapolis, Autograph Collection
Downtown - Minneapolis
4.1 / 5
205 reviews
4 stars $98
Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown
Downtown - Minneapolis
4.0 / 5
10 reviews
3 stars $93
Hilton Minneapolis
Downtown - Minneapolis
4.0 / 5
146 reviews
4 stars $89
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
Downtown - Minneapolis
4.2 / 5
65 reviews
4 stars $109

Minneapolis hotels

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Featured Minneapolis Hotels

From $111

1 The Westin Minneapolis

4 stars
4.2 / 5 246 reviews

88 South 6th Street Map

Save 25% on your stay

Once-historic bank becomes modern Minneapolis luxuryThe downtown Westin Minneapolis is a faithful blend of historic significance and modern luxury. Transformed from the Farmers & Mechanics... More

It doesn't get any better than this!
There's no other place in the Twin Cities to stay, no matter your plans!
Aug 28, 2014
From $92

2 The Grand Hotel Minneapolis a Kimpton Hotel

4 stars
4.3 / 5 136 reviews

615 2nd Avenue S Map

Save 10% on your stay

The Grand Hotel Minneapolis - a Kimpton Hotel is the top-rated hotel in Minneapolis. Our award winning service style and accommodation are a favorite among leisure and business travelers to the... More

Great place to stay
My daughter spent night an was very satsatisfied for the cleanliness service and ammenities
Oct 12, 2014
From $99

3 The Marquette by Hilton

4 stars
4.2 / 5 108 reviews

710 Marquette Avenue Map

Park and Play

Modern elegance with stunning views of Crystal CourtThe Marquette by Hilton teems with exquisite comfort and style. With a myriad of guest amenities, the four-star Minneapolis hotel draws both... More

perfect downtown MSP location
Modern high-rise hotel with all the amenities, in perfect location, near airport rapid transit station, restaurants, shopping.
Sep 29, 2014
From $108

4 Radisson Blu Minneapolis

4 stars
4.1 / 5 92 reviews

35 South Seventh Street Map

Includes Free Self-Parking

Between vibrant theatre and scenic trails along the Mississippi MileThe AAA Four Diamond rated Radisson Blu Minneapolis, MN is located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. Steps from Nicollet... More

Great Hotel, Great Location
This hotel is situated in a great location downtown within walking distance of Target Field and the Target Center, as well as several parks and Nicollete Mall (which is similar to the Magnificent...
Sep 9, 2014
From $67

5 DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bloomington - Minneapolis South

4 stars
3.8 / 5 106 reviews

7800 Normandale Boulevard Map

Signature chocolate chip cookie at check-in

Enjoy a warm welcome at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bloomington - Minneapolis South, and savor our signature warm DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie on arrival. Conveniently located just off I-494 and... More

Rattly radiator and poor housekeeping-No complimentary breakfast
Stayed for meetings in MPLS. Difficult to see when first entering room as there is no light switch. Had to feel my way to bathroom to turn on a light. There were crumbs on desk/table when I...
Oct 6, 2014
From $89

6 Hilton Minneapolis

4 stars
4.0 / 5 146 reviews

1001 Marquette Avenue South Map

Includes self-parking

Picture-perfect elegance in downtown Minneapolis The upscale Hilton Minneapolis hotel is perfect for guests traveling on business or pleasure. Housed by an elegant twenty-five story... More

Those Fingers in Your Wallet Aren't Yours
I'm a small businessperson so value-for-money matters big to me. The hotel seemed as a bundle with my flight. Asked at check in for the steamer I had called ahead and been told they had (bad...
Oct 9, 2014
From $109

7 Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

4 stars
4.2 / 5 65 reviews

On Nicollet Mall Map

Game Day Package includes beers, internet

Modern property around entertainment and corporate destinations in Twin CitiesHyatt Regency Minneapolis welcomes business travelers and holidaymakers to the newly renovated hotel. Following the... More

Very nice hotel
I stayed there with my family for a weekend. Nice hotel, room was clean, staff was courteous and helpful. We got valet parking included in room price. I would definitely recommend this to friends.
Oct 8, 2014
From $104

8 W Minneapolis - The Foshay

4 stars
4.2 / 5 89 reviews

821 Marquette Avenue Map

Roaring Twenties meets fashionably coolTowering 447 feet over the city, W Minneapolis The Foshay effortlessly melts Art Deco architecture into cutting-edge cool. On the doorstep of cultural gems... More

visit Minneapolis
Hotel was accessible to all museums, ballgames, metro , bus and train. I found it very nice ambience. The room was very nice and comfortable. staff very friendly and informative. I was able to walk...
Oct 3, 2014
From $127

9 Hotel Ivy, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Minneapolis

4 stars
4.2 / 5 13 reviews

201 South Eleventh Street Map

Prime pampering in the heart of Minneapolis    The Hotel Ivy captures a stunning mixture of historic grandeur and modern conveniences. Located near Minneapolis' vibrant downtown, the... More

Aug 25,2014
Very nice hotel in good location. Room was modern and stylish. Saw a couple of earlier reviews talking about staff bothering them in the morning. THEY WON'T DO IT IF YOU PUT THE PRIVACY SIGH ON THE...
Aug 26, 2014
From $119

10 Minneapolis Marriott City Center

4 stars
4.2 / 5 114 reviews

30 Map

Experience style and service at the Minneapolis Marriott City CenterSet in the heart of Minneapolis, about two blocks from Target Center, connected to Macy's via skywalk access, one block from... More

Perfect business hotel
clean, efficient, professional staff, would recommend this hotel
Oct 17, 2014
From $129

11 Loews Minneapolis Hotel

4 stars
4.2 / 5 77 reviews

601 First Ave North Map

Save 10% on your stay

Exotic modern jewel in MinneapolisRising 22 stories above the city, the Loews Minneapolis Hotel is an eclectic beauty in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. Directly across from Target Center and... More

Beautiful hotel!!
Clean, great staff. We will definitely stay here again
Oct 7, 2014
From $125

12 The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel

4 stars
4.0 / 5 54 reviews

225 South 3rd Avenue Map

Rate includes breakfast

Historic elegance meets modern convenienceThe Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel was originally built as a railway station, which dates back to the early 1900s. Now lovingly restored and fitted... More

Not bad, not great
It's a great building in a nice location, but not something I'd would go back to. Geared more at older couples and not very trendy decor. Guess it comes with the city and the area.
Jul 26, 2014
From $90

13 Sheraton Bloomington Hotel

4 stars
4.7 / 5 6 reviews

5601 West 78th Street Map

Save 10% on your stay

The Sheraton Bloomington Hotel is perfectly located for discovering the areas upscale shopping, fine dining, museums, and recreation. Nearby are the Mall of America and other retail destinations,... More

Great comfortable overnight place
I wanted to stay longer, but had to go home. From the second I walked in, super nice welcome. Loved this place and will return.
Sep 10, 2014
From $104

14 Le Méridien Chambers Minneapolis

5 stars
4.5 / 5 29 reviews

901 Hennepin Avenue Map

Save 40% on your stay

In the heart of Minneapolis, steps from the Hennepin Theater District and Nicollet Mall, Le Méridien Chambers Minneapolis is an art-lovers ideal, boasting a chic design and over 200 edgy art... More

Fantastic experience
We only stayed for one evening, but everything was great. Room was very big (we had a room with a king bed), clean and the bed had a feather bed on top of the matress, which was very comfortable....
Sep 7, 2014
From $94


3 stars
3.9 / 5 97 reviews

618 Second Avenue South Map

Beautiful outdoor courtyard and prime downtown connectionOffering superb service and unrivaled amenities, the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis Downtown (Northstar) is a top choice for business and leisure... More

Room ok but bad service
We spent one night in the hotel, wen my daughter asked for some stuff the service person was not corteous. We was to give a 3 stars but for the service we are giving just 2.
Oct 13, 2014
From $98

16 The Hotel Minneapolis, Autograph Collection

4 stars
4.1 / 5 205 reviews

215 4th Street South Map

Boutique chic means modern bliss in downtown MinneapolisThe Hotel Minneapolis, Autograph Collection combines urban energy and sophistication in a comfy modern setting. Once home to the Midland Bank... More

Worth every penny!
Definitely a four star hotel with a very pleasing room, very nice staff and a great Saturday morning buffet.
Oct 12, 2014
From $104

17 Hilton Garden Inn Minneapolis Downtown

3 stars
4.1 / 5 95 reviews

1101 4th Avenue South Map

At the doorstep of downtown Minneapolis hustle and bustle An upscale newcomer hotel in the Twin Cities, the Hilton Garden Inn gets an envious downtown address across from the Minneapolis... More

Good for the price!
Stayed at a horrible co-op and looked for a Downtown hotel for a conference. I regret not stopping here first! Pleasant night for the price with the basics!
Oct 2, 2014
From $93

18 Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown

3 stars
4.0 / 5 10 reviews

1500 Washington Avenue South Map

Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown, a stylish new hotel in Minneapolis, MN, impresses travelers with inviting accommodations and state-of-the-art facilities. Our hotel's location in Minneapolis, MN is... More

Location is great
Staff has been friendly, dry cleaning service was prompt. Hotel overal is nice, clean and the neighborhood is great with a brewery right next door. A little of the beaten path for downtown but...
Oct 11, 2014
From $145

19 Millennium Hotel Minneapolis

4 stars
4.0 / 5 120 reviews

1313 Nicollet Mall Map

Downtown Minneapolis hotel boasts sweeping views of the skyline Nestled in downtown Minneapolis on the tree-lined sidewalks of Nicollet Mall, the Millennium Hotel Minneapolis offers convenient... More

Excellent hotel, close to downtown events. Free bus ride to the Light rail.
Sep 16, 2014
From $109

20 Best Western Normandy Inn & Suites

3 stars
3.9 / 5 168 reviews

405 S. 8th St. Map

10% Sale

Charming European style innkeeper since 1925 The warm chalet-style exterior of the Best Western Normandy Inn & Suites is inviting against the cool Minneapolis skyline. This same style is... More

Fantastic - convenient location
Very good as usual. The Suite is nice as it seems less like a hotel room and worth the extra cost in my opinion
Oct 13, 2014