On my first trip to Minneapolis, I didn’t quite know what to expect.
I drove through Minnesota on a road trip last summer, but we skipped right from South Dakota to a hotel in Wisconsin. I haven’t really spent much time in the Midwest at all but, for some reason that I couldn’t quite place, I was really excited to visit Minneapolis.
One thing I definitely didn’t expect? To fall so in love with the downtown area. The Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown lies right in the heart of the city, surrounded by unique architecture, vibrant lights and streams of people heading down the street to the Timberwolves game. They even have a skyway system of pedestrian walkways that connects the second floors of many downtown buildings so you’ll be able to avoid the freezing cold should you visit in the off season.
The modern design of the Radisson Blu is what initially caught my eye. Though it’s hard to tell from outside, the hotel’s interior is spectacular—especially the colorful lobby. Bright red chairs are standout pieces complemented by blue lights, patterned tile floors and modern circular tables. Once you look past the flurry of colors and textures, you’ll notice some unique elements—a wall covered in LED screens, a massive white dome-shaped light fixture and an atrium over the dome that offers sky-high views up to the hotel’s eighteenth floor. Even the stairwells are bright with color, using purple hues in the windows that alter the whole atmosphere. Simply gorgeous.
Our suite was on par with the rest of the hotel. The room—which included a living area, a bedroom with a king bed and a bathroom larger than my sister’s studio apartment in Chicago—perfectly blended the Radisson Blu’s upscale atmosphere with a simplicity perfect for any and every guest, from traveling groups and families to businessmen and women. The living area featured a simple couch and two chairs, striped carpeting and several small round tables. A desk with a Nespresso machine lined one wall and a flat screen television was attached to a swiveling portion of the wall dividing the area from the bedroom, allowing you to watch from either space.
In the bedroom, the décor was a little funkier, with some fun pieces of art on the walls and a kelly green chair to add a pop of color. The same striped carpet is found here, but there is also striped wallpaper that adds a chic element to the room. Plus the bed was super comfy! There was also a little radio with an iPhone dock, perfecting for listening to music while you get ready to go out on the town.
Wide windows with thick drapes in both the living area and the bedroom provided a panoramic view of the nearby downtown area, which was especially lovely at night.
The bathroom had the most modern design within the suite, with a black and white design covering one wall. A small quilted bench sat against it. On another wall, a giant backlit mirror sat over the sink and a counter littered with a light-up makeup mirror, rolled towels and some small toiletries. The spacious white-tiled shower had both a standard showerhead and a handheld showerhead, as well as a white stool to sit on while you bathe.
We were in an Executive Suite, but the Luxury Suite is even better for big groups, with the addition of a kitchen and dining room as well as adjoining rooms for extra beds. There are more simple guest rooms without living areas as well, depending on your needs. With free validated parking, complimentary wireless Internet, a 24-hour fitness center, a concierge lounge and a grill house and cocktail bar called Firelake on the property, it’s a great place to stay. You can also order from room service at any hour—wine and chocolate covered strawberries perhaps? (Highly recommended!)
With its perfect location and the kindness I experienced from each and every staff member, I’ll definitely be staying at the Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown when I inevitably I return to Minneapolis.