Feb212014

Hilton Minneapolis in pictures

Hilton Minneapolis is one of the hotels I visited earlier this week. This post is a hotel review in pictures. The hotel is a large urban hotel with 821 rooms. There are 40 King Junior Suites and floors 24 and 25 are reserved for Executive Lounge level with 77 rooms and suites. Hilton Minneapolis is HHonors category 5 hotel at 35,000 points per reward night and 5th night free for VIP elite members.

Here is Hilton Minneapolis in pictures.

Hilton Minneapolis

Hilton Minneapolis on immediate right foreground and is one of the historic hotels of city.

The Skyway connects many of the major hotels in downtown Minneapolis. The Hilton Minneapolis is a block from Starwood’s The Ivy, Luxury Collection hotel and I traveled between these hotels using the second story Skyway system.

Skyway

Minneapolis Skyway connects 69 blocks of downtown Minneapolis with 8 miles of elevated walkways between buildings.

The Skyway goes directly into the second floor level of the Hilton Minneapolis.

Hilton MN lobby-1

Lobby view from 2nd floor at Hilton Minneapolis.

Hilton Minn entrance

Lobby view from ground floor street entrance.

Orchestra Hall

Minneapolis Orchestra Hall and Hilton on left. The Ivy, Luxury Collection is glass covered skyscraper in center.

The location of Hilton Minneapolis is across the street from the Minneapolis Orchestra Hall and the sculpture in the lobby reflects that close proximity.

Hilton lobby sculpture

The Skywater restaurant and bar is located in the lobby.

Hilton Skywater

The hotel is nearing the end of a $14 million renovation to be completed March 2014.

lobby guest computers

Lobby computer station.

reception art

The second and third floors of the hotel have conference and convention rooms. The second floor is also where the fitness center and pool area are located.

Hilton pool

Hilton Minneapolis indoor pool with fitness center on left offering pool view.

Hilton hot tubl

Hilton hot tub in pool room.

Hilton fitness room

Hilton fitness center.

The fitness center layout reminds me of being in graduate school in Massachusetts where I worked out at Amherst College and the fitness room windows looked out over the pool. The women’s diving team would regularly post notices asking exercisers not to stare at them. Kind of hard not to look straight ahead at someone in the pool when you are on an exercise machine facing the pool.

Hilton King jr suite

Hilton Minneapolis King Junior Suite room.

Minneapolis Convention Center

View of Minneapolis Convention Center from Hilton room. This photo was taken on Monday, four days ago. The biggest snowstorm blizzard of the season dumped 10 inches of snow on Thursday and Friday in the past 24 hours.

Hilton jr suite

Hilton King junior suite.

Hilton Minn bathroom

Hilton Minneapolis bathroom.

Hilton Minn conference area

Hilton Minneapolis 3rd floor conference room floor.

The Hilton Minneapolis looks like a solid hotel offer for the city. Interestingly, the Hilton Garden Inn Minneapolis is ranked #1 hotel out of 49 city hotels on TripAdvisor this week. I saw the HGI hotel from a bus and it is near the interstate. Hilton Minneapolis comes in at #21.

The Marquette, another Hilton property in downtown is rated #3 on TripAdvisor.

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Comments

  1. I’ve stayed at all the hotels mentioned multiple times. I’d likely guess that the HGI is ranked #1 due to price and being a perfectly fine hotel. It’s not as nice as the Hilton Minneapolis or the Marquette, but its cheaper, and its a perfectly fine hotel with nice staff and functional rooms (which is about my expectations for an HGI).

    My personal favorite is the Marquette. Its closer to the downtown area than the Hilton Minneapolis and HGI, though not so much closer than the Hilton Minneapolis that it matters to most tourists (might matter to business travelers). My favorite thing about the Marquette is that the standard room (I think) is a large room, with a chair and ottoman and a large desk. It has the largest standard room that I’ve seen in Minneapolis. My only annoyance with the Marquette is that they are very stingy with giving late checkouts later than 1:30pm or so, which doesn’t fit my schedule very well, but I wouldn’t imagine that would be a huge deal to most.

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