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Nicollet Island Inn
Ranked #34 of 52 Hotels in Minneapolis
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 11 August 2014 via mobile

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).

Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

Stayed here on a business trip. Loved the location and the accommodations. My room was quite large, with 2 big windows and faced the river. Loved the shutters on the windows as opposed to the typical hotel curtains. My room had 2 nice wing chairs and a desk. The bathroom was a little small, but fit with the charming atmosphere. Courteous staff.

Would definitely stay here again.

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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 25 July 2014

My wife and I stayed here on a Saturday night. We are natives of the Twin Cities and came downtown for a night out and away from the kids.

Nicollet Island Inn is an European-style Boutique Inn. There are things about it that will disappoint those who are looking for a Hampton Inn or Marriott experience. The linens are light. The bath towels are small. The bathroom is cramped and the fixtures do not exude luxury. The room we stayed in had a full size bed rather than a queen or king. The room was small. But it still got a "very good" rating. Why?

Because it does what it is trying to do well. It recognizes and embraces the fact that it is historical. Rather than being out on an island, you are really in the middle of it all. You can walk or ride a bike to downtown Minneapolis, stroll along the river front, sip a beverage on their patio, walk up to North East Minneapolis and bar hop. Then, come back to the hotel, take a shower and relax.

This hotel would be quite ideal, I think, for couples, for girls weekends, for solo travels and for business travelers who want to be close to but at the same time a little bit away from the urban core. There is a great restaurant on site, but it is also close to a number of popular places to go get a drink or some of the best meals in Minneapolis. Well done.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 July 2014

While it cannot be disputed that the location of the Nicollet Island Inn is exceptional, the hotel itself is lackluster. Small rooms, worn furnishings and an unimpressive restaurant are just a few of the unfortunate aspects of this hotel. There are few options in this particular location, however one would be better served staying in the less expensive, but far more impressive offerings "across the river." As a Minneapolis native, I expected more from this hotel than tiny rooms with sparse uninteresting furnishings, and only subpar views.

Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

I stayed here on a recent business trip. The hotel is beautiful inside and out. The restoration of this historic landmark is incredible. Staff were courteous and very helpful. The room had a great view of the Mississippi River and the historic district. I loved being handed a real room key and having the ability to open my windows to let in fresh air. I was surprised by how quiet the area around the hotel was, it was hard to believe I was in the downtown Minneapolis. The restaurant has breakfast choices that taste great and are healthy for you!

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 28 June 2014

Fantastic family run boutique hotel, Staff are extremely professional but not above themselves, we had a great laugh with them. The quality of the restaurant and bar are superb and the surroundings are real olde worldy. Room was very clean and charming and the bed even had a firmness control. Will definately book here again if we are the area.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 June 2014 via mobile

Staff extremely friendly with great bar and restaurant. Room was large with comfortable bed. Elevator had seat which made you think of the old days when you had a operator but updated. Hotel had beautiful flower boxes outside of windows. You could envision the power people of the flour industry past having their martini lunches in the restaurant. Free parking and wifi plus easy access from downtown makes this a great place to stay. We used a groupon/living Socail type discount which included room and breakfast for much cheaper than full price cost.

  • Stayed: June 2014
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Additional Information about Nicollet Island Inn

Address: 95 Merriam St, Nicollet Island, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1524
Region: United States > Minnesota > Minneapolis
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#16 Romantic Hotel in Minneapolis
#18 Business Hotel in Minneapolis
Price Range: £142 - £229 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Nicollet Island Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 24
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