What are the best hotels in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and at Saint Paul International Airport, MN? There’s no Four Seasons or Ritz Carlton hotels in Minneapolis. One of the city’s best luxury hotels is the Hotel Ivy, a Luxury Collection Hotel, a Marriott Bonvoy hotel.
Hotel Ivy, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Minneapolis is one of the city’s most enduring landmarks. The newly renovated Hotel Ivy, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Minneapolis, is connected to the city’s Skyway system, allowing unfettered access to popular downtown attractions. 136 rooms and suites, which feature high-speed internet access, original artwork, fine linens, and limestone bathrooms. Unwind at Anda Spa or stop by Ivy Fitness Club. This is undoubtedly one of the best luxury hotels in Minneapolis, Minnesota, but it doesn’t have a club lounge.
There are 156 airports in Minnesota that can be used by the public. Minnesota Airports see huge traffic every year as many people visit this “land of 10,000 lakes”.
If you want club lounge access for free, book a standard room at the InterContinental in New York, Sydney, Paris, or London, which partner with our luxury travel concierge and you will get a room upgrade and free club lounge access. This free lounge access has to be one of the best hotel deals in these cities! We cannot offer free executive club lounge access in Minneapolis, but we can offer complimentary free benefits at many of the hotels featured in this article.
If you want to book a luxury hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota, or elsewhere, use our luxury travel concierge. Our agents offer exclusive free upgrades, free breakfasts, free hotel credit, and VIP gifts at luxury hotels like Four Seasons, Aman, Belmond, Hyatt, Ritz Carlton, InterContinental and more… for the same price as the hotel’s own websites.
I have compiled a list below containing the club lounges available across Minneapolis and Minnesota hotels. Some of the hotels listed below don’t have club lounges but are still worth considering as they still offer a great place to stay in town. I will be reviewing each of these hotel club lounges in detail in turn so that you know what you will get if you book a room with club lounge access or get upgraded to a club lounge for free because of your loyalty status.
1. The Marquette Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton
Residing on Nicollet Mall and connected to Crystal Court in the IDS Center, this elegant Marquette Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton is walkable to US Bank Stadium, the Target Center and Hennepin Theatre District. They’re also linked to the Minneapolis Skyway for easy access to prominent offices, restaurants, shops, and nightlife. Take the Light Rail just 2 blocks away to MSP Airport and the Mall of America.
Their newly renovated guest rooms feel posh and residential with spacious layouts, modern décor, and custom furnishings. What more could you want than an excellent shower, excellent bed, and larger size shampoo, body wash, and soap!
Relax watching the 46-inch HDTV and enjoy the views through floor-to-ceiling windows plus, every room has incredibly effective blackout curtains so that you don’t need to worry about getting to sleep or being woken by light. Suites offer a living area, private bedroom, and two HDTVs, and some have a kitchenette and dining table.
Choose a suite or executive room to enjoy nightly receptions and complimentary breakfast in the excellent executive lounge, one of Minneapolis’s best. Gold Hilton Honors members get free access to this lounge, big and classy, with a great breakfast and light bite food at dinner. The lounge is situated on the 3rd floor, overlooking a mall area of the IDS Center.
Expect a typical lounge breakfast but with hot dishes too, eggs, potatoes, and sausages as well as cold cuts, fruit, pastries, oatmeal, bread, and specialty dishes. It’s a very good breakfast for a Hilton lounge. Much of the lounge is closed off during the day, but you can access one area stocked with snacks, fruit, and juices/sodas.
In the evening, expect cold cuts, salads, cookies, beer, and wine. The food quality is good, plus there’s an espresso machine offering coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and soft drinks in the lounge. While the food isn’t extravagant, it is above average for lounge food and enough to fill you up.
Beyond the concierge lounge, the Jacques Restaurant & Bar is popular for cocktails and small plates. The vibrant lobby lounge is also perfect for after-work drinks. If you want something cheaper, there are numerous food options within a few minutes walk, Macy’s, Walgreens, etc. The hotel’s parking garage is heated and an elevator ride away from the hotel.
2. JW Marriott Mall of America in Bloomington
While the JW Marriott Mall of America in Bloomington is not in the downtown area, it should be considered as it is one of the few luxury hotels in Minneapolis with a club lounge. The light rail also makes the Mall of America easy and convenient for both the Airport and downtown Minneapolis.
JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America is directly connected to the Mall of America and its many renowned shopping, dining, and entertainment attractions. Elegant hotel rooms feature deluxe bedding and a host of premium amenities, while many showcase floor-to-ceiling windows. Ask for an airport view room as the alternate view is over the Mall and Sears.
The executive club lounge is on the 15th floor and is super smart with dark wood floors, mustard brown walls, high chairs and tables, loads of comfortable padded chairs, and tables.
The opening hours of this club lounge are 6am to 10 pm:
- Breakfast: 6:30 am – 10 am
- Mid-Day Bites: 10 am – 5:30 pm
- Honor Bar: 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
- Hors D’oeuvres: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
- Sweet & Treat: 7:30 pm – 10 pm
A grab & go section of the Executive Lounge is accessible 24 hours for the specialty coffee machine, waters, and soda. Night snacks are also good.
There’s an Espresso machine that you can use throughout the day, and the breakfast here is hot and cold with hot scrambled eggs or oatmeal plus bacon, turkey or sausage, plus cold cuts, cheeses, smoked salmon, bagels, bread, pastries, and cereals.
Enjoy locally-inspired cuisine and craft cocktails at the hotel’s signature Cedar+Stone, Urban Table, or take a refreshing dip in the indoor pool. There are 20,000 square feet of sophisticated venue space for business travelers and exceptional planning and catering services. All travelers have hassle-free access to Xcel Energy Center, US Bank Stadium, and Nickelodeon Universe. The valet parking is $25 USD per day, or you can self-park for $15 USD.
3. Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
At the other end of the mall from Grand Hotel Minneapolis by Hyatt, which we review below, is the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis which you will find at the Southern terminus of Nicollet Mall.
The Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis has a very cool open fireplace & a nice bar. The rooms have been recently updated and have walk-in showers, and internet speeds are excellent. Most rooms get lots of light, and at least half have good views. The Grand Hotel Minneapolis rooms (reviewed below), by comparison, seem dark. The gym on the 6th floor is very good, and there is a big pool and a basketball court!
The Regency club level is a small but sufficient lounge and was refurbished around 2012. It is better than your average Regency lounge. Diamond World Of Hyatt Members have access to this lounge for free. This executive lounge has lots of dark walls, mood lighting, and a view of the city. Evening hor d’ouvres are decent but not great, but the breakfast selection is excellent. Bagels, bread, fruits, cold cuts, cereal, hot oatmeal, scrambled eggs. The evening service includes light bites.
When you stay here, you are about eight blocks from the light rail line (which will take you to the airport), which is connected to the skyway system, but it’s a long walk through the convention center.
There is also a Hyatt Place Downtown in Minneapolis. The rooms here are nice and large if a little spartan. The Hyatt Place hotel has a nice gym and a small pool. Food options in Downtown Minneapolis are plentiful, with restaurants open for dinner (some are closed on Sunday and/or Monday night). The bar at Hyatt Place Downtown serves meals until midnight.
The Hyatt Place Downtown in Minneapolis is worth considering as it is likely to be closer to a business destination in the downtown area. It’s also several blocks closer to the light rail line to/from the airport.
4. The Grand Hotel Minneapolis
The Grand Hotel Minneapolis is situated in the heart of Minneapolis’ business center and is connected to the climate-controlled skyway that allows easy access to the prominent Minneapolis Convention Center. It’s a boutique property, not a convention hotel, and only has 100 rooms.
The Grand Hotel Minneapolis celebrates American manufacturing’s proud history, using granite from local mines a mid-century Scandinavian design. Rustic wooden logs frame the expansive stone fireplace. The elegant 360-degree lobby bar allows guests to enjoy drinks by the fireplace overlooking Nicollet Mall through the floor-to-ceiling windows.
A big highlight at The Grand Hotel Minneapolis is the Athletic club and indoor pool, which Hyatt Guests can access, with a full gym, racquetball courts, steam, and sauna.
There’s a free evening wine happy hour in the lobby every day from 5 to 6 pm, with an appetizer of the day (perhaps because this used to be a Kimpton). This is a substitution for the club lounge as there is no lounge here, but if you are a world of Hyatt Globalist, you get a free breakfast, which is room service with a very generous limit (around $39 USD credit) or the small cold buffet in the bar/lobby area.
This is a very good metro convention property and is located at the end of a pedestrian mall, an easy walk to a number of restaurants, bars, and a Target. Minnesota’s thousands of lakes inspire wallcoverings with subtle blue hues set against beige, representing the horizon line where water meets the sky.
Be warned. There are several rooms on the north side of the hotel that look directly into the office tower a few feet away. These rooms are quiet but have next to no natural light and have views onto office workers. There are also rooms facing a tiny atrium. Pick the outside-facing rooms on the front of the hotel on the corner looking south.
5. Le Méridien Chambers Minneapolis
Le Méridien Chambers Minneapolis is a boutique hotel, located near U.S. Bank Stadium, Target Field and Minneapolis’s theatre district.
From the magnificent Brunet Art Gallery on the lobby floor to the original pieces of art that adorn each of the 60 rooms and suites, this hotel is luxurious. Room accommodations include Simmons Beautyrest®, walk-in rain showers, and spa-inspired baths. Enjoy American cuisine at Mercy Bar and Dining Room, sip a craft cocktail at the chic Library Lounge, or enjoy a workout in the 24-hour fitness center.
This hotel is easily one of the best in Minneapolis and is a Marriott Bonvoy hotel for earning rewards and redeeming points, but it doesn’t have a club lounge, so it had to be placed near the bottom of our list.
6. W Minneapolis The Foshay
W Minneapolis – The Foshay offers luxury in a historic downtown location, but like most W hotels, has no club lounge, hence its position near the bottom of our list. However, it is definitely one of the best Marriott Bonvoy hotels in Minneapolis. The Art Deco restoration is very special, and it has two fantastic and lively bars. The rooms have great black marble bathrooms with large showerheads and large windows.
Blending Art Deco decadence with modern urban chic, the hotel offers vibrant décor, high-tech features, and signature amenities. Ignite your senses with 360-degree views of the city from the 30th Floor Observation Deck. Explore the city’s most celebrated attractions, including Target Field, US Bank Stadium, Orchestra Hall, and Minneapolis Convention Center. End your day with inventive cocktails at the 1920s-style Prohibition Bar, or mingle and dance in the popular Living Room.
Get the following free benefits at W Minneapolis The Foshay, by booking via our Luxury Travel Concierge:
- Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
- Daily buffet breakfast, for up to two in room guests
- Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
7. The Westin Minneapolis
The Westin Minneapolis is located in the Farmers & Mechanics Bank building that was built in 1941.The Westin Minneapolis opened in 2007, making it a national historic landmark. The Westin features the original 34-foot vaulted bank lobby, marble staircase, and wood-carved emblems signifying the leading industries of the World War II era.
The 6,400-square-foot walnut-paneled lobby is home to the 200-seat B.A.N.K. restaurant. Seats near the wood-and-granite teller’s counter look into the open kitchen, and the original chandeliers remain. The American cuisine features a wholesome, healthy menu to ensure you leave feeling better than when you arrived.
214 guest rooms boast an intriguing combination of sophistication and rejuvenation. The guest rooms offer different shapes, city views, and unique layouts since the bank offices were not designed as sleeping rooms. All rooms were recently renovated in February 2015.
This property remains a favorite for many travelers because of its great gym, pool, hot tub, great Platinum treatment, and great location downtown and only a couple of blocks from the light rail that runs to the airport and Mall of America. The problem with the Westin is that most rooms have small windows and are very dark and gloomy.
Other Marriott hotels in Minnesota with club lounges are Bloomington Airport Marriott, Marriott Northwest, The Hotel Minneapolis, Autograph Collection, The Depot Renaissance, Marriott City Center. Marriott West, Marriott Southwest, Minnetonka, Marriott Mayo Clinic Area, Rochester, Sheraton Midtown, Minneapolis. There is also a Crowne Plaza Northstar and Radisson Plaza worth considering in Minneapolis.
Note: Benefits offered correct at the time of writing but may be amended at discretion of the vendor.
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