Feb282014

Hotel Ivy Minneapolis, Starwood Luxury Collection in photos

Hotel Ivy Minneapolis opened in 2008 as a hotel and residential building in downtown Minneapolis. A unique feature of the hotel is its incorporation of a historic building into the modern main skyscraper structure.

The Ivy building  Starwood photo

My photo (on left, if you could not tell) was taken from the Minneapolis Skyway on a snowy day. The photo on the Starwood site gives a bigger perspective of the juxtaposition between historic and modern structures.

The historic structure is the Ivy Tower and originally constructed in 1930 from a Ziggurat design by Thomas R. Kimball as The Second Church of Christ Scientist. Kimball was a prominent architect in Omaha, Nebraska.

Hotel Ivy lobby-1

Hotel Ivy lobby.

Hotel Ivy old and new

This photo shows the blending of the new building around the historic Ivy Tower.

The Porter & Fry restaurant is located in the historic Ivy Tower.

Hotel Ivy restaurant

The second floor of the hotel has the Ivy Spa and fitness center. Walking the stairs is a sight in lights.

Hotel Ivy staircase

Ivy Spa Club calls itself the only luxury destination spa in Minneapolis. The fitness center is large and accessed through the second floor Spa. There is no regular swimming pool, although cold plunge pools are part of Ivy Club Spa.

Ivy fitness

Extensive fitness center at Hotel Ivy with yoga room and more.

Hotel Ivy fitness-2

There are several small meeting rooms in the hotel, each named after a composer. Orchestra Hall, one block away, is connected to the hotel through the Skyway system.

Hotel Ivy Rooms

The hotel will soon undergo a remodel for hotel rooms and spaces. The hotel portion of the building is 19 floors. Higher floors are residences.

Superior Two Queens (base level room category)

Hotel Ivy Superior-2

Two Queen Beds in Superior room.

Hotel Ivy-Superior-3

Desk and coffee maker in room.

Hotel Ivy bathroom

Bathroom has marble counter, separate bathtub and shower. The bathroom was fairly standard for the three rooms I saw in the hotel.

Hotel Ivy one bedroom suite

Hotel Ivy suite-1

Cool aspect of this Ivy Suite is the historic wall of the Ivy Tower is incorporated into the room design.

Hotel Ivy suite-2

Seating for 7 persons in the sitting room.

Hotel Ivy Suite Desk area

I like the desk nook space in the full suite.

Hotel Ivy suite bedroom-2

The ceilings are extra high at 10 feet for an added feeling of room space.

The bathroom off the bedroom is similar to one shown in Superior room. There was an extra toilet and sink in sitting room of the suite.

Hotel Ivy suite xtra bathroom

The hotel also offers an 1,173 sq. ft.  Grand Suite and two-floor 1,900 sq.ft. Penthouse Suite.

 

Hotel Ivy Executive Room

The third type of room I saw is sort of a junior suite executive room with a large armoire dividing the room.

Hotel Ivy Executive Room

Armoire with TV facing bed. Bathroom is next to room door.

Hotel Ivy Executive-2

Hotel Ivy Executive armoire

Hotel Ivy Executive room.

Hotel Ivy Minneapolis is SPG category 4 at 10,000 points per night or 40,000 points for 5 nights.

Room rates for the weekend March 28-30 range from $143 for Superior room to $400 to $600 for Ivy Suites.

Hotel Ivy Minneapolis

Hotel Ivy Minneapolis, Starwood Luxury Collection

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Ric Garrido of Monterey, California is writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler.

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  1. I travel to Minneapolis for work and used to stay here. While the “hard product” is definitely nice, the service is pretty poor, especially for a hotel that is part of the luxury collection.

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