This is a standard aloft hotel that opened in August 2008. It is located on the edge of downtown, about ten blocks from the nearest skyway connection and about six blocks from the closest light rail line (airport service). It is part of a new and vibrant downtown mixed-use neighborhood with restaurants and trendy loft apartments. Walkable attractions include the Metrodome (at the light rail station), the Mississippi River and a lock (including a small museum), the historic Stone Arch Bridge (pedestrians and bikes only), the (new) Guthrie Theater (walk into the building when the box office is open and give yourself a tour of its award-winning architecture, including the cantilevered "porch" near the upstairs bar), the Mill City Museum (local history with an emphasis on flour mills, fun and different), and the upscale Saturday Mill City Farmers' Market. There is a small surface parking lot behind the hotel, pay public parking ramps (=multilevel parking garage, in this case, not totally enclosed), and street meters for short term parking. The parking lot has a drop off circle, although taxis use the front street. Despite the limited number of parking places, I've never seen every one in use simultaneously. UPDATE: This has unfortunately changed. Expect to pay $15 per night for inconvenient garage parking. See post below for more details. Room service is delivered from a sushi (and more) restaurant across the street. The lobby has the standard aloft market for prepared foods and a bar which is sometimes lively but sometimes empty. UPDATE: There's no longer a room service menu in rooms, from the sushi place or elsewhere, but the lobby has a booklet from a restaurant delivery outfit. I don't think they deliver alcohol. The hotel has a heated indoor pool which IIRC can also be used by residents in a condo building behind the hotel. There's a small health club. The standard outdoor courtyard area is less pleasant than in some alofts and seems to be filled with smokers and overflowing big ashtrays. The first floor has space for retail store(s), but the hotel has apparently had difficulty attracting tenants. There isn't a lot to say. This is a new aloft. It's fine but not exceptional.