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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
Hilton Minneapolis
Downtown - Minneapolis
6 hours ago 4 stars $79
The Grand Hotel Minneapolis a Kimpton Hotel
Downtown - Minneapolis
7 hours ago 4 stars $92
Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown
Downtown - Minneapolis
9 hours ago 3 stars $93
The Marquette by Hilton
Downtown - Minneapolis
9 hours ago 4 stars $89
Hyatt Place Minneapolis Downtown
Downtown - Minneapolis
10 hours ago 3 stars $89
W Minneapolis - The Foshay
Downtown - Minneapolis
11 hours ago 4 stars $104
Hotel Ivy, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Minneapolis
Downtown - Minneapolis
11 hours ago 4 stars $127
The Hotel Minneapolis, Autograph Collection
Downtown - Minneapolis
11 hours ago 4 stars $116
Sheraton Minneapolis Midtown Hotel 12 hours ago 3 stars $103
Minneapolis Marriott City Center
Downtown - Minneapolis
15 hours ago 4 stars $119

Recently Rated Minneapolis Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Radisson Blu Minneapolis
Downtown - Minneapolis
4.1 / 5
92 reviews
4 stars $106
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bloomington - Minneapolis South
Mall of America
3.8 / 5
106 reviews
4 stars $67
Doubletree Guest Suites Minneapolis
Downtown - Minneapolis
3.5 / 5
85 reviews
3 stars $75
Millennium Hotel Minneapolis
Downtown - Minneapolis
4.0 / 5
121 reviews
4 stars $130
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 $119
Crowne Plaza MINNEAPOLIS NORTHSTAR DOWNTOWN
Downtown - Minneapolis
3.9 / 5
97 reviews
3 stars $94
Best Western Normandy Inn & Suites
Downtown - Minneapolis
3.9 / 5
168 reviews
3 stars $104
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

Minneapolis hotels

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Featured Minneapolis Hotels

From $107

1 The Westin Minneapolis

4 stars
4.2 / 5 246 reviews

88 South 6th Street Map

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

Debonair Twin Cities hotel retains roots in MinneapolisThe Grand Hotel Minneapolis–A Kimpton Hotel, knows its roots. Once home to the historic Minneapolis Athletic Club, this modernized property... More

Great place to stay
My daughter spent night an was very satsatisfied for the cleanliness service and ammenities
Oct 12, 2014
From $106

3 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

Raddison BLu
it was a nice room, downtown minneapolis was alive.
Oct 21, 2014
From $79

4 Hilton Minneapolis

4 stars
4.0 / 5 146 reviews

1001 Marquette Avenue South Map

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 $89

5 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 $67

6 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

Family vacation
Great hotel stay and staff was amazing. Staff was very nice and felt taken care of. Would recommend this hotel.
Oct 20, 2014
From $99

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

Save 25% on your stay

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 $83

10 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 $119

11 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

Beautiful decor and AMAZING convenient location.
Staff was pleasant. Enjoyed the personable bar staff. Great prices on quality appetizers. Rooms were comfortable with appealing décor. View of skyline from room.
Oct 20, 2014
From $129

12 Loews Minneapolis Hotel

4 stars
4.2 / 5 77 reviews

601 First Ave North Map

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 $94

13 Crowne Plaza MINNEAPOLIS NORTHSTAR DOWNTOWN

3 stars
3.9 / 5 97 reviews

618 Second Avenue South Map

Downtown Minneapolis Hotel's Location is the Best Centered in the vibrant heart of downtown Minneapolis, our hotel's location, superb service and unrivaled amenities make the Crowne Plaza®... 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 $125

14 Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot

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 $109

15 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

16 Le Méridien Chambers Minneapolis

5 stars
4.5 / 5 29 reviews

901 Hennepin Avenue Map

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 $104

17 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
From $93

18 Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown

3 stars
4.0 / 5 10 reviews

1500 Washington Avenue South Map

Rate Includes Breakfast

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 $92

19 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 $89

20 Hyatt Place Minneapolis Downtown

3 stars
3.8 / 5 43 reviews

425 7th Street South Map

Hyatt Place is an exciting and innovative new select service hotel offering more of what is important to today's travelers. Our guests enjoy a spacious guestroom with a 42 inch high-definition flat... More

Perfect Hotel for the TC Marathon
We were in Minneapolis to participate in the Twin Cities Marathon. The Hyatt Place started serving breakfast and hour earlier than usual to accommodate the runners. The start of the race is only a...
Oct 7, 2014