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.
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.
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.
The second floor of the hotel has the Ivy Spa and fitness center. Walking the stairs is a sight in lights.
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.
Extensive fitness center at Hotel Ivy with yoga room and more.
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)
Two Queen Beds in Superior room.
Desk and coffee maker in room.
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
Cool aspect of this Ivy Suite is the historic wall of the Ivy Tower is incorporated into the room design.
Seating for 7 persons in the sitting room.
I like the desk nook space in the full suite.
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 Executive Room
The third type of room I saw is sort of a junior suite executive room with a large armoire dividing the room.
Armoire with TV facing bed. Bathroom is next to room door.
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, Starwood Luxury Collection
Ric Garrido of Monterey, California is writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler.
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