Before traveling to
“Three,” I responded.
He frowned and said, “I prefer four.”
I thought that was hilarious – considering the sort of lodging my family stayed in when I was that age - and started calling him “the hotel snob.” Unfortunately, we had the worst three-star experience we’ve ever had there – bedspreads with grease stains and long pen marks, the television didn’t work and wouldn’t shut off if it was plugged in, and more. So when it was time to make reservations for our stay in
I looked for a good deal on a four star and came up with The Grand Hotel
Minneapolis. My young hotel snob was
The hotel was located in a historic downtown building, and had a kind of old-fashioned, but hipster feel to it. Swanky – that’s the word I’m looking for. Modern furniture in colors like purple, red and white combined with the building’s classic architecture and dark wood paneling to create a striking blend. Our room was handsomely decorated with modern art and fun woodsy details like a deer throw pillow and a tree stump side table.
Each night between 5 and 6 complimentary wine and appetizers were served in the lobby by the front desk (not the bar.) My sister Tina was traveling with us and one night we went down and enjoyed a couple of glasses of watermelon sangria that was quite tasty – I vowed to look up the recipe when I got home.
One night we dined at Rare, the hotel restaurant. The stylish restaurant décor featured warm colors, low lighting and candles. I opted for the spicy tuna sushi and the
roll, and Tina went for the more adventurous crunchy unagi roll. While there
was no kids menu, the waiter was able to recommend a few kid friendly dishes. California
It appeared to me that the Grand Hotel Minneapolis primarily serves business travelers, which I suspect is the reason we found such a good rate over the weekend, but there were other families besides ours with children staying there. There were a few inconveniences, but nothing significant. The hotel shares a building with a health club and guests can use the facilities, but the swimming pool was for lane swimming, where my kids prefer to play and splash about. Even so, they did have kickboards available and when we went down we were the only ones in the pool, so the kids took over a couple of lanes and had a good time. Finally, for popular kids televisions stations like Nickelodeon, guests had to purchase an extra TV package for $30 a night, more than I was willing to spend for the meager time we actually spent in our room. (Fortunately we have a Netflix account and Tina told me about the free Netflix app for my iphone, which I promptly downloaded. The kids happily crowded around the tiny iPhone screen and watched old episodes of The Wizards of Waverly Place and iCarly.)
Overall we were happy with the hotel’s ambiance and convenient downtown location, and would absolutely return.
THE GRAND HOTEL MINNEAPOLIS
615 Second Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: (612) 288-8888
Reservations: (866) 843-4726