Provincial New Yorkers beware: many cities around the country boast farm to table restaurants, local craft beers and thriving downtowns. Minneapolis, Minnesota has almost outgrown its downtown, so midtown, known for its museums and hospitals, is gaining popularity as a destination. It’s also convenient, a bit cheaper, and home to a 5.5 mile greenway for runners and bikers, making it ideal for a Minnesota getaway.
Sheraton Midtown Minneapolis
For a little over a year, my husband and I have had an empty nest. But we still have three young adult children, one a sophomore in college in Minnesota. Our time is not really our own. We have to help with apartment moves, furniture buying and relocations for our older daughters, and go to parents weekends for the youngest. Since she attends Carleton College, in Northfield, MN, we thought the Sheraton Midtown Minneapolis hotel was ideal for a weekend Minnesota getaway.
But I had another challenge. I am training for my first marathon and needed to be able to run a long distance while we were away. Luckily the Sheraton Minneapolis Midtown hotel abuts the Midtown Greenway. This 5.5 mile long paved trail extends from West Lake to the Chain of Lakes, and the hotel is about at the midpoint. We did a short run, to the end and back (note: this is relative term: the run was five miles), where I drank water, and then kept running the other direction. Such a fantastic amenity to have behind the hotel, along with a bike rental shop if you want to ride, and a station for the bike share program NiceRide.
There’s even more green at the hotel; it has the Sheraton program where you can forgo housekeeping and get a $5 food credit or 500 loyalty points; this saves water and, of course, labor costs for the hotel.
The Sheraton Midtown Minneapolis is next to the Midtown Global Market, a public market with international food stands and restaurants, a brewery and a coffee bar.
Although the lobby, gym and rooms at the Sheraton are fine, the carpeting in the halls is stained; the hotel is currently replacing it.
We had a king suite on the club floor, with a large sitting room that closed off from the bedroom. There were three leather club chairs, but if you have a child staying with you, you can get a crib or roll-away bed. There is also a gas fireplace in the room.
We also had a mini fridge, microwave, coffee maker and bar sink in the sitting room. Lighting in the sitting room was too dim for reading.
Unlike the dirty carpeting in the hall, room was perfectly clean and linens were crisp and new.
The bathroom had a high tub that would be difficult for kids to get in and out of, and only one light; the toilet area was dark. The bath products are nothing special, but there were extra goodies: a tube of shaving cream, a bottle of mouthwash and a scrubby bath sponge.
I love being on a club floor, where you can get breakfast easily – and for free – and the family can hang out. The club level here is accessed by the card in the elevator; you have to insert your card to go to the fourth floor, the top. The lounge is right off the elevator and has a simple breakfast of cut fruit, eggs and a breakfast meat, pastries, bread and cereal. There was yogurt only our first morning.
Later in the day, fruit, coffee and juice are available, and in the evening, a couple of hors d’oeuvres are out; drinks are extra.
The Great Room Minneapolis has a large outdoor patio overlooking the greenway and menu with basic comfort food like pizzas, pasta, salads and sandwiches. There was a nice selection of local craft beers.
- Free WiFi
- Free shuttle within five miles of the hotel; we used this to go downtown and out to dinner in the warehouse district
- Dog friendly
- The bright gym has lots of space and new equipment, with many cardio machines, free weights, weight machines, stability balls, foam rollers. But there are no mats.
- There is a large pool with a hot tub. Unlike many indoor pools, the air temperature here was great – not at all steamy or humid. There are large pool towels.
What works for families
- Huge indoor pool
- Mini fridge and microwave in room
What doesn’t work for families
- The tub is hard to use for children (and less limber adults)
Note: I received a complimentary media rate. Opinions expressed are my own.