Upscale Marriott Close to Downtown Minneapolis
Minneapolis is known as the “City of Lakes” and “Mill City”—two nicknames that neatly encapsulate Minneapolis’s personality. The city boasts more than 20 lakes and a multitude of public parks, but it’s also home to the fifth-largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the country. Located in the green suburb of St. Louis Park (about 10 minutes from downtown), the Minneapolis Marriott West is ideally situated to let guests experience the city’s natural beauty as well as its business side. Here you’ll be close to the enormous Lake Minnetonka and the headquarters of General Mills, Target, and Cargill.
Under the hotel lobby’s soaring atrium ceiling, you’ll find polished marble floors and modern decor, such as sleek velvet sofas and minimalist wall displays. This chic theme extends to king and two-queen guest rooms, which are decorated in shades of red and gold. For dinner, head to Kip’s Authentic Irish Pub and Restaurant, where classic Irish favorites, such as bangers and mash, are featured alongside Guinness-braised beef short ribs and Lakeland pan-seared walleye. You can wash it all down with a brew from the extensive Irish beer list. In the morning, recharge at the Caribou Coffee outpost onsite before heading out to explore the city.
Greater Minneapolis, Minnesota: Suburban Shopping and Museums Close to the City
The Minneapolis Marriott West is located in St. Louis Park, a suburb just west of the city. While it only takes a few minutes to drive into Minneapolis, there’s plenty to do in the immediate vicinity. You’ll be close to Ridgedale Center, a major suburban shopping mall, as well as The Shops at West End, a large outdoor retail and dining complex. Nearby, The Museum of Broadcasting holds an extensive collection of antique radio and television equipment.
Heading into the city, you’ll find a thriving arts scene, with more live theater shows per capita than in any other US city except New York. Broadway spectacles grace the stage steps from experimental theaters, and several local coffee shops and bars provide ample opportunities for post-show discussion. Dozens of eclectic galleries complement the wide-ranging exhibits at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, which showcases works such as Japanese woodcut prints and turn-of-the-century European advertisements. Downtown also has Nicollet Mall, a pedestrian-friendly shopping zone that doesn't allow cars. It's home to the iconic statue of Mary Tyler Moore tossing her 10-gallon stetson into the air.