My wife and I visited the Nicollet Island Inn recently for an anniversery getaway. The Inn is located on Nicollet Island, in the middle of downtown Minneapolis. It is very easy to access, just off Hennepin Ave. and there was plenty of parking. The building is a very charming former factory with ivy growing up the side. The entire premesis is a historic site which is very evident from the moment you walk inside. The interior is equally as charming with beautiful woodwork. Our room, located on the second floor was also beautiful with antique furnishings (old writing desk, lamps and armoir) and interesting shutters on the windows. The rest of the room, including the bathroom had a nice updated feel with flatscreen TV and an elegant wall covering. The bed was a sleepnumber and very comfortable. Overall I found the property to be a solid 4 out of 5 (with 5 being a very upscale resort...).
We stayed friday to saturday and only paid $200, which also included $30 at the restaurant downstairs (also woderful! Possibly the best eggs benedict I have ever had). I have stayed several places downtown Minneapolis and found this rate to be excellent. On the following morining, we walked around the area and found the neighborhood to be very pedestrian and bicycle friendly. Adjacent to the hotel is a 120 year old iron truss bridge that connects to the East bank. There are abundant walking and biking paths on both the island and the mainland river banks. We were fortunate enough to be there the same time as the Polish-American festival, which was going on about 2 blocks from the hotel. We are not Polish but still had fun listening to music, browsing vendors and eating some authentic Polish cuisine.
I would recommend this hotel for couples and adults staying in the area. It did not have a pool or other child friendly ammenities. Other things to note: the rooms are keyed (as opposed to magnetic cards), there are no ice machines (too noisy so you must ask the front desk staff for ice) and the hotel has a very limited number of rooms (it is a botique hotel and not a large chain).
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