As mentioned in my review of Starwood’s W Minneapolis – The Foshay, I have been working in Minneapolis quite a bit of late. I have explored a few properties in the area. This is my review of the Aloft Minneapolis. This follows Jamie’s excellent recent review of the Aloft in Dallas.
As at most Aloft properties, there is a relatively standard layout, particularly in guest rooms. Aloft is a relatively new concept. Started by Starwood a few years ago, using the trendy design elements of W hotels, but in the mid-price category. I guess the best comparison I have experienced would be with Hyatt Place. Stylish, multi purpose lobbies, free WiFi throughout. Aloft lobbies often have pool tables or other games, also the Wxyz bar is a standard feature featuring a wide array of drinks, including some local selections. There is also some food available, although nothing special, mostly microwavable items and the like. Mornings there are breakfast burritos and wraps available. The hotel gym “Sweat” is well equipped, rather spacious, and well equipped with weights, and several cardio machines.
The guest rooms themselves have high ceilings, hence the name, Aloft. The sink is near the entry door with a closet behind that. Free water bottles in the room. The bedroom has one king or two queen beds, with the queen rooms slightly larger. Bed linens are very good quality, particuarly for this being a more economical property. Each room has a desk and a table, with a padded bench in between. There is a large flatscreen TV on the wall opposite the bed.
The bathroom is relatively small, but has a nice walk-in shower. Some people don’t like the soap/shampoo dispensers in the Aloft showers, but less plastic is not necessarily a bad thing.
This particular property in Minneapolis has underground parking available for charge, plus lots of metered parking all around, although meters are not active between 10pm and 8am. Other transportation options include easy access to the Light Rail a few blocks away. Also, there are bikes for rent outside the front door. This hotel is kind of on the edge of downtown Minneapolis, about 3 blocks from the Metrodome. There are several restaurants within walking distance. I also enjoyed running along the Mississippi river near the hotel, and across the Stone Arch bridge.
I would definitely return to the Aloft Minneapolis on my next trip to the Twin Cities. The staff there is friendly, the location is easy accessible. Like all Aloft hotels, this is a fresh clean property, I felt I got a good value for the price paid.