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Reviewed 1 May 2014

I was in Mpls on business (husband accompanying) and we switched there at the last minute on the recommendation of a local friend. Spent 5 days. Beyond thrilled! It's on a little island in the Mississippi, analogous to the Ile de la Cite in Paris (but not as densely developed). Each day we looked out of its deep, ancient windows onto trees and the river, glittering at night in the street lamps, purling during the day. It was like being at a country resort or B&B for pleasure, which was good because the weather was stormy. A perfect retreat after business or sightseeing. It's a historic building, nicely converted from an 1880s window factory built of stone. Attentive staff. Decent restaurant open for all meals. New, very comfortable bed. I love this sort of vintage, quaint, boutique place (like the Tabard in DC etc.) and don't require high-rise soulless style newness. No pool etc. and free internet station for boarding passes is slow. The only drawback is its strength: it's a little removed and it would have been easier if we'd had a car or bike (or the weather had been better.) We did, however, walk to the Stone Arch bridge, view the falls, try out Minneapolis's "Nice Ride" bike rental program, and visit historic sites nearby (the oldest section of Minn., St. Anthony's.) We spent two out of our five days barely leaving the premises. I caught up on sleep - better than at home! There are restaurants (Wilde Roast for breakfast, Asters for bluegrass Sunday brunch) an easy quiet walk over to the Riverplace side, and a Whole Foods a convenient but unpleasantly noisy 4 block walk over the busy Hennepin Bridge in the other direction towards downtown. The Hennepin bridge is a major thoroughfare, so I wouldn't stay at the end of the hotel that faces that way. We had a "river view" queen room -- that's the way to go unless you get the very best room in the house, a corner room facing towards the park. Noise didn't bother us and I am extremely noise sensitive. If we return to Minneapolis we will definitely come back. Great for single women business travelers too.

Room Tip: River view Queen and corners overlooking the park are quietest, with gorgeous views. Avoid looking towards the Hennepin bridge or over the parking lot.
  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled on business
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Thank MillValleyTrueLotus
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

We stayed for a night over Easter weekend - a 10 year anniversary get away from the kids. The hotel employees are fantastic, from a friendly welcome at reception through to great restaurant and bar staff - everyone was great. If you're looking for cookie cutter hotel rooms, then you're not going to find them here, the rooms have charm and are very well appointed. My only (and very small) complaint is that the bed makes noise when you move but to be fair, what else would you expect from a four poster bed?.
There are lots of places within walking distance for food, drinks etc but you will miss out if you don't at least eat dinner in the hotel. A menu with just the right amount of choice and the food was fantastic. Even better was the complimentary glass of champagne each from the hotel to say "Happy Anniversary".
Great hotel, loads of charm and we would stay there again.

Room Tip: The "classic" package allows you to choose any room and receive a voucher for dinner - we chose the deluxe corner room - you should too.
  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank AllyNiemi
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Reviewed 2 April 2014

We enjoy eating at the Inn on special occasions. This year for a birthday celebration we decided to stay. It was a great choice! The service is wonderful and accommodating. Rooms are on the smaller side but have all the amenities and great views.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Flt72
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Reviewed 2 April 2014

We were in town for a long weekend and wedding (at the nearby Nicollet Island Pavilion). Next time we are back in Minneapolis you will find us at this delightful Inn. I would be hard pressed to offer suggestions for improvement. I was particularly struck by the friendliness, helpfulness and knowledge level of the entire Staff -- from the front desk to the waitstaff to the bar staff. Food was described in complete and full terms. We found the food to be outstanding. Be sure to try the beef tartar appetizer (you could easily build a meal around it). The three part cheese plate (there's fancier terms for it - pardon me, I'm just a plain old fellow) was notable as well. Breakfast you ask? Heuvos Rancheros for sure. Wife had the country porridge -- must have been 7 types of fiber and it was really good.

The rooms - try for a corner room - the two sided views of the Mississippi River were cool. Rooms were like being in a grand old hotel. Well appointed. Clean. Mixture of old antiques. Comfortable beds. Bathrooms a little smallish (but consistent with an old grand hotel).

Great place. Great people. Great food. Grand bar. Go.

Room Tip: Corner rooms give additional river views
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Wiggleglass
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Reviewed 7 March 2014

Set along the mississippi and smack dab downtown minneapolis you wouldn't expect to find a hotel that makes you feel like your back in time. There restaurant is also very good. Across the street you can wander the other great bars and restaurants along the mississippi.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Xtremejms
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