Hotel at a Glance: Crowne Plaza Minneapolis Northstar Downtown
The Crowne Plaza Minneapolis Northstar Downtown connects you to many of the city’s popular attractions via the Minneapolis Skyway, which runs through most of downtown. This covered walkway leads to Macy’s, the Wells Fargo History Museum, and the Target Center and Field—where the Timberwolves, Lynx, and Twins play—so you don’t have to expose yourself to the cold. You can also just head downstairs to the onsite Krona Lounge to enjoy wine, beer, and spirits before the fireplace.
- Try something new at the onsite Cafe Northstar, a contemporary yet casual Scandinavian restaurant.
- Stay connected with friends and family thanks to the included WiFi and lounge on the plush bed in your spacious room.
- Fit in a workout whenever you want at the 24-hour fitness center, which is equipped with free weights, exercise mats, stair steppers, and treadmills.
- Sustainability: This hotel strives to reduce its carbon footprint and water usage through the Green Engage program.
Downtown Minneapolis: Thriving Performing-Arts Scene near Idyllic Lakes
Downtown Minneapolis is more than just the geographic epicenter of the city—it’s the cultural heart too. Sports venues home to the Timberwolves, Vikings, and Twins neighbor the lively nightclubs of the Warehouse District and the neon-lit marquees of the Hennepin Theater District. In recent years, the city’s arts scene has gotten a lot of attention, and for good reason: Minneapolis has more live theater shows per capita than any other US city except New York. Additionally, dozens of eclectic galleries complement the wide-ranging exhibits at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, which showcases everything from Japanese woodcut prints to turn-of-the-century European advertisements.
To navigate downtown with ease, step into the Skyway, the city’s ingenious solution to harsh Minnesota winters. The Skyway is a network of indoor, aboveground tunnels connecting a slew of buildings downtown. A popular stop along the way is Nicollet Mall, a shopping thoroughfare where cars are not allowed. This is where you’ll find the iconic statue of Mary Tyler Moore tossing her 10-gallon Stetson into the air.
Nicknamed “The City of Lakes,” Minneapolis has 22 natural bodies of water within the city limits. A 10-minute drive from downtown brings you to the picturesque Chain of Lakes, which are surrounded by 12 miles of walking and biking paths. In the summer, the Lake Harriet band shell hosts summer concerts, which frequently include the renowned Minnesota Orchestra.