Hotel Ivy, MinneapolisI had a couple of free night certificates for Marriott expiring in June and then discovered I could add points to them to use at higher category properties. This opened a lot more options, including some really fancy ones, and I found a weekend where the points and my schedule worked for Hotel Ivy in Minneapolis, a 5 star property at the top of the Marriott chain.
ArrivalI drove up I-35W into downtown, taking the 11th street exit which brings you to the front of the hotel. I booked the public ramp the next block over for $30 for the entire weekend. I didn't plan on needing my car at all, and this is much less than $48 a day for valet at the hotel.
The RoomI had used Marriott Suite night awards and acquired a one bedroom suite, and then found I was double upgraded to what is called a grand suite. This, well, is an understatement. 1200 square feet including a foyer, entrance, guest bath and closet, living room, dining room and office, and of course the king bed and master bath. It's based in the old tower of the building and takes up the entire floor of that tower as well as some space in the attached new tower, so that means windows in 3 cardinal directions.
DiningThere are three locations onsite to drink or dine. The Lobby Bar, which is nice and calm. Monello, the high end Italian restaurant, and Constantine the irreverent gothic drinking establishment underground.
AmenitiesThe gym is super large, I believe because they also have a residence wing where people own condos and have access to these facilities.
SummaryOutstanding property. I have never seen anything like this in Minnesota before. It's at the level of a Ritz Carlton and service is exquisite. The cost is not cheap, but they seem on par for the quality of the hotel and comparable to other luxurious places I have stayed before. I kinda loved it here.
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