A stay at The Grand Hotel Minneapolis, a Kimpton Hotel places you in the heart of Minneapolis, walking distance from Minneapolis City Hall and Mary Tyler Moore Statue. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Hennepin Center for the Arts and Minneapolis Public Library-Central Branch.
Make yourself at home in one of the 140 air-conditioned rooms featuring iPod docking stations and minibars. Your pillowtop bed comes with down comforters and Egyptian cotton sheets. Relax and take in city views from the privacy of your room. 42-inch flat-screen televisions with premium TV channels provide entertainment, with wired and wireless Internet access available for a surcharge. Private bathrooms have makeup/shaving mirrors and designer toiletries.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. You can take advantage of recreational amenities such as a health club, an indoor pool, and a sauna. Additional features at this Beaux Arts hotel include wireless Internet access (surcharge), a concierge desk, and gift shops/newsstands.
Grab a bite at one of the hotel's 2 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. Mingle with other guests at a complimentary manager's reception, held daily at early evening. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. Cooked-to-order breakfasts are available daily for a fee.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include high-speed (wired) Internet access (surcharge), a business center, and business services. Planning an event in Minneapolis? This hotel has 9600 square feet (892 square meters) of space consisting of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. Parking (subject to charges) is available onsite, and additional parking (subject to charges) can be found nearby.
Sprays of flowers in petite, glass vases perch atop each table, a lush reminder of the local fields where 128 Café culls the seasonal fruits, vegetables, and other ingredients which comprise its rotating menu. Mélanges of veggies mingle with pasta and couscous or provide a crisp counterpoint to tender chops, tenderloins, or barbecued baby back ribs, a house specialty. Chefs whip up each dish to be served in the softly lit dining room or from 128 Café's food truck, which frequently rolls to festivals, boulevards, and photo finishes at pinewood derbies.
Purple Sandpiper dishes up a menu of gourmet, locally sourced fare worthy of the OpenTable 2010 Diners' Choice Award. Thirsty patrons can whet tongues with a Minnesota-brewed Crispin Brut dry hard cider ($4.50) or a pint of Rush River Unforgiven amber ale ($5.50) imported from neighboring Wisconsin. Launch your meal quest with a plate of saffron risotto cakes served with tomato chutney and grilled scallions ($7). The duck confit with cassoulet caters to refined poultry palates with white beans cooked with bacon, vegetables, and duck coated in a layer of herb bread crumbs or sink ravenous canines ($19). Young-hearted adults and veggie-savvy young ones can bite into the roasted cauliflower mac 'n' cheese, artisan pasta in a heated existential debate with peppers, spinach, and a trio of cheeses ($15). End your journey toward gastronomic nirvana with a slab of the apple-cinnamon bread pudding submerged under a Titanic-sized glacier of house-made ice cream drizzled in buoyant, gooey caramel ($5).
The season finale of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra comes to a dramatic Deutschlandic conclusion, with a showcase of classical German music spanning three centuries. Join conductor, ivory tickler, and SPCO artistic partner Christian Zacharias, who has conducted both the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonic orchestras, as he begins the evening with an elegant performance of Piano Concerto in D Minor by C. P. E. Bach. Zacharias will then resume vertical posture to conduct Schumann's Spring Symphony, a piece composed from Schumann's fast-flowing heart and mind during his honeymoon period with pianist wife, Clara Wieck. Enjoy this evening of joyous classical music, and attend the SPCO before the offseason starts.
Amid Icehouse’s old brick walls and exposed ductwork, the energy of the men who wrangled huge blocks of ice there a century ago is almost palpable. Before the days of electric refrigerators, these blocks were plucked from frozen lakes and rivers and brought to the Cedar Fuel and Ice Company for year-round storage and sale. As the years passed and cryogenic chambers replaced most iceboxes, the storied space became Icehouse Studios, a refuge for bands and businesses to conduct video shoots and rehearsals. Today, the walls echo not with ice scraping across the floor or directors shouting, "Action!” but rather with the songs of local musicians. Rachel Hutton of Minnesota Monthly observed how the "reclaimed wood boards and C-shaped leather booths add warmth and polish to the raw, gritty—and acoustically impressive—cavern."
Between sets, guests might hear forks pinging eagerly against the small plates that hold from-scratch creations. Some dishes, though, apparently require no silverware—Hutton admits to "gleefully" licking the duck demi-glace from the plate of a burger topped with foie gras and truffle butter. Listen also for the clinking of glass: local brews and specialty cocktails, a chandelier comprised of empty bottles, or guests trying to smuggle scoops of housemade bacon ice cream home in mason jars.
France, Germany, Italy, Argentina, Chile, New Zealand, and the Philippines all plant flags at Walt's Wine and Spirits. They're not members of the distributor's model UN; rather, they're a sampling of the many countries from which Walt's sources its wine. Among its imported labels, the libation outlet spotlights numerous sulfite-free, organic, and fair-trade varietals and plenty of wines from small wineries. Wine shares Walt's shelf space with imported and locally brewed beers, not to mention a wealth of whiskeys, vodkas, gins, and tequilas.