Hotel at a Glance: The Westin Minneapolis
The 34-foot vaulted ceilings inside the Westin Minneapolis once soared over a bank lobby—in the 1940s, the building was the Farmers and Mechanics Savings Bank. It still has its elegant marble staircase and original wood-carved emblems symbolizing various industries. The 4-star hotel is connected to the Minneapolis Skyway, allowing you access to shopping and entertainment venues without having to step out into the cold.
- In-room amenities: down comforters, hypoallergenic pillows, fridges, minibars
- Pamper yourself with a relaxing in-room massage, or take a dip in the fitness center’s hot tub.
- Take the Skyway to nearby attractions including the Target Center and Nicollet Mall. Also within walking distance are the Mill City Museum and Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
- Enjoy contemporary American cuisine in the stately hotel restaurant.
- Free WiFi included with this Groupon
Note: From November 20th until February 5th, The Westin Minneapolis be making improvements to guestrooms, B.A.N.K. Restaurant and Bar, and The Vault Lounge. Work is being done to ensure that guests staying during this time are are not negatively affected.
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.