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Best Hotels In Minnesota For The Young And Hip

March 16, 2013 7:00 AM

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The city of Minneapolis features many unique and exciting bars, clubs, lounges and music venues. In addition, young and adventurous travelers can take advantage of the multiple athletic venues and an easy-to-use public transportation system. Visitors to the city who need a place to stay can also easily find modern and hip hotels. Below are just a few of those great options.

Graves 601 Hotel
601 1st Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 677-1100
www.graves601hotel.com

The Graves 601 Hotel sits in downtown Minneapolis and overlooks both Target Center and Target Field. The sophisticated hotel is located near the First Avenue live music venue, and there are several clubs, bars and nightlife hotspots within walking distance. The hotel itself features modern rooms accentuated by lit-glass headboards and rain shower heads. Stop into the Bradstreet Crafthouse Restaurant for a nightcap.

Hotel Ivy
201 S. 11th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 746-4600
www.thehotelivey.com

Hotel Ivy is located conveniently in downtown Minneapolis, near sporting venues and plenty of bars. Loring Park and the Minneapolis Orchestra are also close by. The hotel itself features a spa and fitness center, and the hotel bar serves delicious drinks. The rooms are spacious and provide a modern ambiance. There are numerous room options available, ranging from standard rooms to the penthouse, and the hotel staff is known to be friendly and helpful.

Aloft Minneapolis
900 Washington Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 455-8400
www.alofthotels.com

Located downtown in the historical Minneapolis Mill District, the Aloft Hotel features loft-inspired rooms with nine-foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows. The hotel has several bars and lounges with cocktails and live music, and some of the suite rooms have their own private bars. The entire hotel features edgy and modern decor. It’s less than a mile from the Metrodome. The light rail is also less than a mile away, so visitors can travel throughout the city easily.

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W Minneapolis – The Foshay
821 Marquette Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 215-3700
www.whotels.com

The W Minneapolis – The Foshay is located downtown amid the clubs, lounges and bars of Minneapolis. The hotel itself has two bars, including the Living Room lounge and the Prohibition Bar, inside the building. Each bar is unique and provides a 1920s-meets-2013 feel. With neon lights in the lobby, the hotel frequently has a party atmosphere, and The Foshay Tower is pretty cool in and of itself. The rooms are edgy too, with dark, modern decor, rain showers and a glass mini bar in each room. Some of the rooms are a bit on the small side, however, so if space is an issue, request a corner room.

Westin Minneapolis
88 S. 6th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 333-4006
www.westin.com

Like many of the hotels in Minneapolis, the Westin has a unique history that helps make the building interesting and cool today. Originally the Minneapolis Farmers and Mechanics building, the building that now houses the Westin was built in 1941. Several interesting features have remained, including the vault, which is now a wine cellar. The hotel is near all of the most exciting downtown Minneapolis attractions, and it provides all of the modern amenities one would expect in a hip hotel — including a rooftop patio, a pool and a comprehensive fitness center.

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Kristyn Gansen is a freelance writer covering all things Minneapolis. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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