If you’re planning a weekend trip to Minneapolis, most likely, you have plans to head downtown. It’s home to great museums, pro sports stadiums, and theater venues, as well as popular restaurants. You’ll need a hotel in downtown Minneapolis that makes it convenient to get around. Here’s a review of one luxury hotel in downtown Minneapolis – The Marquette Hotel.
Disclosure: Our stay was hosted by Meet Minneapolis. All thoughts, opinions, and typos are my own.
My thoughts on the Marquette Hotel
The Marquette Hotel is part of the Hilton Curio line, a collection of hotels in historic buildings. It’s an exquisite hotel in the center of the busy city of Minneapolis.
The lobby is impressive, but I think the bigger draw of this hotel is its prime location. Located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, those staying at the hotel can easily walk to great restaurants, entertainment venues, and public transportation.
My family of four stayed at the Marquette Hotel over Labor Day Weekend. Keep reading to see some of the fun Minneapolis places we visited using this hotel as our home base.
The rooms at the Marquette Hotel
One of the big appeals of the Marquette Hotel is the grand windows in rooms. The windows in our room spanned more than one wall.
For a family of four, you’ll want to request a suite or at least a room with two queen beds. Our room had two full beds and it was a pretty tight fit – two adults would not be comfortable on one of those beds.
The rooms had a mini-fridge, which was convenient to chill our water bottles prior to bike rides each day. It’s great for leftovers, too.
Our room had a shower without a tub. It was fine with our kids, but if you prefer a bath before bed, you’ll want to reconsider this hotel.
About the hotel’s restaurants
The hotel has two restaurants: The Marquette Lounge and The Jolliet House (which will soon reopen as Social House). The Marquette Lounge has a children’s menu.
We had breakfast at The Jolliett House but since it’s changing to the Social House, I’m not sure if my review still applies! When we were there, though, we got the breakfast buffet. If you are a Diamond member of Hilton’s rewards club, the buffet is complimentary. For everyone else, it is about $20 per person (including kids).
I would only recommend going here if you can get a free meal for being a rewards member.
Things we liked about the Marquette Hotel
Hands down, the big draw is the hotel’s location. We could easily walk to restaurants and Walgreens to buy forgotten toiletries. The hotel is connected to a shopping center. Where there once was a Macy’s, there will soon be The Dayton’s Project with a food hall.
The closest stores to the hotel are Marshall’s, Saks Off Fifth, Target and smaller stores in IDS Center.
Let’s not forget that if you’re into sports, arena concerts or live theater, the hotel is also within walking distance of US Bank Stadium, the Target Center and Hennepin Theatre District.
One of the best restaurants we dined at in Minneapolis, Hell’s Kitchen, is two blocks away, which to me, is a huge perk.
The light rail and public buses are also a short walk from the hotel.
We wanted to bike on our trip, and we found it was around thanks to being a block away from Nicollet Avenue, where only bikes and buses can use. From there, it was less than a mile to the riverfront trail.
We brought out own bikes for the weekend, but we could’ve rented some from the hotel.
Things we’d change about the Marquette Hotel
A big drawback for a traveling family is that this historic building does not have a pool. We had plans to play at a beach and thought it would not be a big deal to not have a pool, but it turned out to be too cool for beach time. A pool would’ve been nice.
I’d say this hotel is more suited for business travelers, romantic getaways or girlfriends trips. While the front desk loved to hand stickers to my kids, I wouldn’t call it a family hotel. Mine were the only kids we saw there.
Like any big city, paying for parking can be a bit shocking, and you’ll have to you’re your car somewhere if you’re staying in a hotel in downtown Minneapolis. Overnight parking at the Marquette Hotel was $30 a night, which needs to be factored in when looking at costs.
Plan a Minneapolis family trip
We’ve explored Minneapolis and St. Paul in the summer and the winter. Here are some more fun things to do and places to visit in the Twin Cities (and nearby):