Top Reasons to Visit The Hotel Minneapolis, Autograph Collection
- This 4-star hotel has a prime location in downtown Minneapolis—steps from the city’s theater district and professional-sports venues.
- Before it was The Hotel Minneapolis, the all-brick high-rise was the Midland Bank Building, erected in 1906.
- Stylish Autograph king rooms feature 42-inch flat-screen TVs, MP3 docking stations, and views of the skyline.
- The onsite eatery, restaurant Max, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. You can apply the $10 dining credit included with this getaway toward any dish, ranging from buttermilk pancakes to margherita flatbread and chocolate molten cake.
- The hotel’s restaurant is connected to the indoor Skyway, an aboveground network of tunnels leading to a number of stops in downtown Minneapolis, including the pedestrian-friendly Nicollet Mall.
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 were 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.