Have you been to Minneapolis lately? On my first visit, that didn’t just begin and end at the airport, I spent two nights in downtown Minneapolis at the Graves 601 Hotel. The swanky boutique hotel, has the reputation for being “the hotel” in Minneapolis where rock stars, NBA players, and the infamous Kia Soul hamsters spend the night. So….maybe not the actual “hamstars” but the Kia Soul was in the house!
What makes the hotel uber cool enough for Travel + Leisure to add it to their 500 world’s best hotels in 2011? Location, I’m sure is a major factor, with the hotel located right across the street from the Target Center. Baseball fans can walk a few blocks to Target field to watch the Twins play, and some rooms even have a view of the stadium. When the snow falls, visitors can walk through a skylight to the shopping and business districts. Surrounded by bars, restaurants, and minutes from the trendy Mill district or numerous running trails along the river, everything is convenient. Of course, I was smitten when I saw the Starbucks next door with an outside patio for people watching.
My room on the tenth floor didn’t have much of a view, but then I didn’t spend a lot of time there anyway! Ultra modern design touches like engraved glass headboards, the in room espresso machine, and the television in the bathroom give it a swanky vibe. Tip: apparently rooms above the 12th floor have full body showers.
There are so many excellent choices near the Graves 601 for dining, as well as two restaurants on site: the Bradstreet and Cosmos. We had breakfast at Cosmos and the eggs and pastries were the perfect start to a packed day!
Bradstreet Craftshouse Restaurant came in at #6 on Food & Wine’s top 50 bars in the U.S. . All cocktails are hand crafted, their bitters are made in house, and the bar uses five different types of ice! Wow, who knew there were different types of ice? I’m totally kicking myself for not stopping by and trying one of their hand crafted fall cocktails, like the “Damn, son.” In my defense, the Kia folks kept us hydrated and entertained in their fully tricked out hospitality suites! Did I mention sumo wrestling, old school Atari games, life sized Jenga, and the piano player that rocked the baby grand, Billy Joel once played?
Several years ago when I lived in Milwaukee, I often found myself in the MSP airport during a layover. As much as I wanted to grab a taxi and visit the Mall of America,my layovers were always too short. There wasn’t really anything else on my list of things to see and do in Minneapolis, but I had absolutely no idea how cool Minneapolis has become. It’s been named the fittest city in the country for the 3rd consecutive year, and is one of the cleanest cities in America. I was in awe at the mix of old and new architecture, and the hip vibe that pulsed throughout the city. While I only had a few free hours to explore, this is definitely a city I’d love to return to explore!
By the way, the social media folks at the Graves 601 Wyndham Grand Hotel are great about tweeting guests that check in on foursquare etc., answering questions, etc., so follow them on Twitter @Graves601 and “Like” Graves 601 on Facebook.
My stay at the Graves 601 Hotel in Minneapolis was paid for by Kia during a press trip for the 2014 Kia Soul. I was under no obligation to write about my hotel experience, and opinions are always my own.