This was my first stay at an Aloft Hotel, and it definitely has some hallmarks of the W brand but at a much lower price point. The rooms are chic and a little small, but well laid-out for the size. There wasn’t a dresser so if you want to unpack you have to put your clothes on a shelf. There were only six or seven hangers, which wasn’t enough for two people for three nights. Also, there wasn’t an iron or ironing board. The bed is definitely not one of the Starwood “Heavenly” beds; it was fine though.
The lobby has a trendy-ish bar and a spot to grab (overpriced) snacks. The exercise room was full of natural light and a great size (didn’t feel cramped). The pool is small, but there is a hot tub. There is an outdoor courtyard that can get its share of late-night revelers, so if you’re a light sleeper or early to bed you should request a room that doesn’t face the courtyard.
The immediate neighborhood is definitely lacking for restaurants and bars, but it’s a quick walk to the Metrodome light rail station, as well as the downtown area. Right next door to the Guthrie Theater, it is a close walk to the Stone Arch Bridge and walking paths. If you like walking or jogging, definitely head across the bridge to the other side of the Mississippi where you’ll find an extensive paved path.
If you prefer biking, there is a Nice Ride bike sharing station right outside of the hotel, although they don’t have helmets. What’s best is the hotel has a complimentary shuttle that will take you anywhere in a five-mile radius. You have to reserve it in advance, but it’s a great service and definitely makes up for the location. We used it several times and the shuttle drivers were all quite friendly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aloft Minneapolis is a bold new hotel featuring loft-inspired design for an easy Twin Cities stay. Stroll out our door to explore downtowns trendy Mill District, rich in history and culture. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aloft Minneapolis Hotel Minneapolis