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Visit to Minneapolis and stay at the Kimpton Grand Hotel Minneapolis

Discussion in 'Trip Reports' started by iolaire, Jul 11, 2018.

  1. iolaire
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    We had a good visit at the Kimpton Grand Hotel Minneapolis over memorial day. My wife had Flex Perks points that were have not been using so booked four nights at the Kimpton using the US Bank’s Flex Perks points. The value seemed ok points wise.

    The hotel recognized her IHG Platinum (CC) status despite the third party booking and gave us a nice room on the top floor, plus sent up the welcome amenity which was some fruit and a small bowl of chocolate with cherries in it.

    The room was nice with two chairs and a huge bathroom with a big tub in the main bathroom area and both toilet and shower on the side with doors to each. AC worked well in the high heat. The only odd thing is they have moved to large bottles of bathroom amenities fixed to the wall and the large tub had no amenities beyond the soap provided in the sink area. We asked for shampoo and they sent up one of the large bottles of shampoo to add to the tub area.

    We had requested both a microwave and refrigerator via the email form on the website and they had no record of that, but they quickly sent up the microwave (with a small table for it to sit on) when we asked and then emptied out the mini bar for us.

    We love the Kimpton wine hours so we planned our day around that (also it was 95* out so that limited our time exploring). Each night they pour one white and one red wine from 5-6 PM and might have a small snack item as well. Two nights had a desert and the other night had fried pickles and I think the other was fries. Wine flows freely and we usually have about 3-4 glasses, the snack is limited.

    Given the 95* heat our exploration part of the day was short, but we used the hotel bikes twice. The first day when we arrived they were already out so we used the area bike share for $6/day per person (you have to dock the bike every 30 minutes). Our first trip on the hotel bikes were to a Indeed Brewing for sour beers (good), and Sociable Cider Werks for cider (also good), had it been cooler we would have stayed out most of the day to visit other brewers, but given the heat that was enough. The second trip on Monday Memorial day we put the bikes on the train/metro and went over to St Paul to visit Summit Ave to see the old grand houses and then down to some large Green Chair in a park.

    Food wise the highlight was a 10 course chefs tasting menu at Icehouse MPLS and Eastern European foods at Kramarczuk's a deli like restaurant. The IceHouse MPLS tasting menu is only $50 with $5 small drinks (cocktails/wine/beer your choice) to accompany the food whenever you wish. The food was good and it was fairly well timed. You sit at a bar facing the cooks. IceHouse MPLS is also a music venue and the night we were there they had the music area sort of blocked off so they could record a Spotify concert. At Kramarczuk's we bought a combination plate with smoked Ukrainian sausage, pierogi and a cabbage roll, and a bowl of goulascz. That ended up being a lot of food and we nibbled on Kramarczuk's food until our last day.

    One mistake we made was not exploring the Sky Walk system between all the downtown buildings until the last day. Maybe everything was closed over the weekend but it would have been handy to get around downtown in the AC’d Sky Walk system between buildings

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