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Aloft Minneapolis in Minneapolis, MN

Aloft Minneapolis in Minneapolis, MN

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aloft Minneapolis is a bold new hotel featuring loft-inspired design for an easy breezy Twin Cities stay. Stroll out our door to explore downtown's trendy Mill District, rich in history and culture and abuzz with lively urban energy.

Breeze into one of our aloft rooms, featuring our ultra-comfortable signature bed, an oversized showerhead, custom amenities by Bliss® Spa, and more. Our plug & play connectivity station charges all your electronics and links to the 42" LCD TV to maximize work and play.

Meet & mingle with friends at our w xyz(SM) bar, grab a sweet, savory, or healthy snack from re:fuel by aloft(SM), our 24/7 pantry, or play in our re:mix(SM) lobby. Plus, you can always stay connected with complimentary hotel-wide wired and wireless Internet access!

 

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Rating: 3.65

Address: 900 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN, 55415

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    1. V T.
    Great hotel and super value! Short walk to Light Rail and a little out of way from Central Downtown - but great hotel. Clean, modern, cool. Value version of W Hotel. Scored room for only $170...Rooms are good size. Beds good. and modern bathroom. Would definitely stay at again...

    22/10/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    2. Erik J.
    My wife was going to a conference in Minneapolis, and seeing as neither of us had been there before, we both decided to go.  aloft was relatively close to both the conference and light rail and was cheaper than other hotels in the area, so it seemed like a good idea.  In honor of W_XYZ, I proudly present my aloft alphabet:

    A is for aloft - a downtown Minneapolis concept hotel that definitely loves the hipsters.
    B is for bed - as in a king sized bed that felt like sleeping on a couch.
    C is for chique - as in what the hotel probably views itself as.
    E is for electricity - as in what the electricians clearly didn't understand because in our room, when you turn on the bathroom light you also turn on the lights over the bed.  It's like God woke me up everyday.
    F is for friendly - as in the hotel's friendly service.  The hotel folks were genuinely pleasant and helpful.
    H is for hipster - as in, "Oh gee, Henry, I'd hang out around here BUT there's a lot of skinny jean hipsters."
    I is for Ikea - as in either the manufacturer or main inspiration for most of the hotel's furniture and accessories.
    L is for loft - as in what the hotel decided was a good concept to use in every room despite the cramped nature of it with the huge ass bed.
    M is for Metrodome - which is the home base for the Vikings and rabid Brett Favre fans.  Literally, a five minute walk away.  The light rail that goes to Target Field, the airport and Mall of America is also right there.
    P is for parking - who the hell would park for $15 a day when there's a municipal parking garage across the street which is only $7 a day if you go outside of normal business hours?
    R is for re:fuel - as in the little food area they have.  Food's ok (a lot of it is prepackaged like cereal), but $7 for a sandwich and $3 for a 16 oz soda is borderline crazy, even given the setting of downtown.
    S is for Sorella - as in, "FML.  Did I just pay $12 for a rum and coke when I could have gone next door to that liquor store, Sorella, and bought a handle for $25.00?"
    V is for View - as in, "This really is a nice view of the Mississippi."
    W is for W_XYZ - as in WTF is W_XYZ?

    To be entirely fair, aloft has an awesome location and great staff.  It was fun to have a departure from the ordinary hotel experience, but them needed to simmer down a little on the hipster aspects of the place.  Would I go again?  Depends on where I was in the city, but I wouldn't say no.

    24/10/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    3. Jason N.
    As a Starwood preferred member  I was able to score 2 nights at this joint for a ridiculously cheap rate. My first impression was the unique open feel of the lobby, and it just smelled expensive. The staff were very nice and accommodating, especially towards a special request of mine. While taking the better half to the Mall of America for a mind numbing shopping spree, I had Edible Arrangements deliver some chocolate covered strawberries to the hotel, with it being a hallmark holiday weekend and all. After arriving at the hotel following the bank busting extravaganza, they advised me that they had stored the gift in their cooler. And they even had a bellhop in a snazzy suit deliver it to the room, nice touch. The room was a nice and clean with a big bed, bathroom, and complete with a view of the Home of the Minnesota ViQueens. There was parking for $15 a night in an adjacent city lot, but the 2nd night there we strolled in at about 3am or so and the gates were closed. So off to the concierge I went and they said that I could park in the staff lot until the morning for the inconvenience, even better. They were very accommodating even at 3am in the freezing cold. I dunno if it's just the W way, or the pimp rental and generous tipping that made me seem as if I were a high rolling big shot. Who knows? The only bad thing was that a good group of the clientele came off as a bunch of bigoted snooty douchebags. But this isn't the fault of the hotel staff. I guess when opting to stay at a W hotel this just comes with the territory.  Nice modern clean rooms, convenient parking, good location, and a courteous staff make this a great lodging option in the Downtown Minneapolis area.

    13/07/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    4. Laura S.
    The hotel staff are extremely nice and helpful.  The rooms facing Washington Ave. are very noisy from the traffic so you will want to ask for a room facing the river.  There is plenty of space in the room but the decor reminds me of a newer dorm room that was decorated with IKEA products.  I found myself raising the volumn on the TV to hear above the noise from the street, people in the hallways and the heating/air unit.  When the heater turns off, the TV will be too loud.  The room rates are definitely better than other hotels in the area.

    04/05/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    5. David W.
    Aloft is a more affordable (and basic) version of the W hotel but it has a somewhat similar vibe. The rooms are nice enough. The location is not right in the middle of downtown but it is close to the river and the Guthrie. The staff are really cool and the free shuttle service was an unexpected bonus. If you're staying in Minneapolis for a few days I can definitely recommend this hotel.

    02/06/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    6. Scott A.
    Got here late at night and was welcomed warmly - Aloha. This was my first stay at an Aloft property and I like the concept. If you take the design of a W Hotel (or at least the spirit of their design) and the conveniences (like a mini-store/snack area) of a Hampton Inn (but better) and you have an Aloft experience. Even though the room was smaller than some it was OK with me. Would definitely return to this specific property and would choose Aloft in another city I visit.

    06/01/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    7. Jane A.
    I must say, I was more impressed with this place than I expected.  We parked right by the front door, which was great.  The lobby was nice, and had a young, trendy, better than a hostel feel to it.  The room was small, but had everything you needed.  Bliss products, which are always a plus, and a nice view of the city.  In the morning, I went the to "market" to get a yogurt and coffee.  The people working there are very friendly.  It does what it sets out to do, which is to have a lower-end W  vibe.

    06/07/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    8. Megan M.
    Alofts are good concepts and this one isn't located in the boondocks like most of them are. Good value for your money and uber trendy vibe.

    08/02/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    9. Jenny J.
    Friendly staff, comfy beds, Bliss products and free (what?!) bottled water.  Great location and If I was about ten years younger I'd be partying it up with the hott looking crowd in the bar right now.  It's a great spot if you're looking for social activities during your stay. So far tonight I've seen a trunk show (clothing designer), photo shoot and speed dating in the lobby. Only complaints are that the music is thumping beneath my 2nd floor room and there isn't an iPod dock in the room to play music, only an AV jack to a charging pod with no speakers that I can find. I'd still come back.

    03/09/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    10. Mrk P.
    The aloft Minneaplis is a new hotel in a great location and offers really good rates. In the same vein as it's sister properties (W Hotels), it has a similar funky/hip look/feel to it. Good pricing and a fun vibe, I'll definately be back.

    07/08/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    11. Blair C.
    I stayed here over Easter weekend with my fiance.It's trendy, fun, easy to get to and cheap considering its a W hotel.The staff was very friendly and helpful. I also liked how its in close proximity to a lot of restaurants and bars. My only gripes are there is no restaurant in the hotel itself and the beds. There was no mattress pad or fitted mattress sheet on the bed(they just threw a sheet over the mattress and tucked it in). The mattress itself was low quality, cheap and uncomfortable. I felt like I was sleeping on a cot and because of that my back hurt for a few days after we left. I probably would not stay here again because of the bed issue and would rather go with a Hilton brand which is a little more money but at least the beds are always comfortable.

    14/11/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    12. Jillian C.
    A friend of mine had a free nights stay at aloft so a group of us stayed there for her birthday this year. The room was really nice but we were supposed to be in a suite, and to me that means something roomier, possibly with adjacent rooms and a couch or some chairs. Our room had two (extremely comfy and luxurious) beds and a rolling desk chair and it was just one room. If we had planned on staying in the suite all night it would have been a very tight squeeze! That's the only complaint that I can come up with. The staff is friendly and the hotel is impeccably clean. The decor is very cool and I especially loved our faux cowhide wall. I am not sure what our room would have cost, but my guess is that I probably would not spring for it normally so I'm glad I had the chance to enjoy! The free shuttle that took us to the bar was a lovely perk!

    26/11/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    13. Emily M.
    This was our second stay at an aloft and we're hooked! Swanky atmosphere, comfortable beds and free wi-fi (honestly, why doesn't every hotel offer free wi-fi??). But the hidden gem of this place is tucked way in the back down the hallway behind the bar... While a bunch of people hung around waiting for the pool table to open up, we found a shuffleboard table!

    03/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    14. K M.
    The first thing I look for in a hotel is whether or not it's clean and Aloft definitely was- other than that though, I did not have a great experience here. There is a night club in the lobby of the building- I was on the second floor and was awoken at 11:30 pm to LOUD, THROBBING BASS, dance music coming into my room. I called the front desk to inquire and they said they would "see about turning it down". I knew that was never going to happen so I tried to go back to sleep. Impossible. I called again to ask what time the music was going to end, the phone rang about 15 times until someone finally answered, the person I spoke to said it ended at 1 am and then promptly hung up on me. At 1:15 the music was still going strong so I called again- this time I was told it ended at 1:30 am. I asked the person if perhaps they thought it was worth mentioning to customers when they check in that their room will be directly over a night club- his response "well we've only gotten complaints tonight from 2 rooms". Hmmm.... don't you think that's two rooms too many? I was finally able to go to sleep around 2am- great way to start my trip.

    Some other things that weren't a huge deal but I think are worth mentioning: The lights in the rooms were just crazy. Sometimes certain lights- the ones in the bathroom for example- just didn't turn on after a certain time. If you had to get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom you were going to have to do it in the dark. Maybe there was a trick to turning them on, but I never found it. Also- the parking spot they assigned me was a handicapped spot. I mentioned it to them and they said it was fine for me to park there, but I just felt like a jerk everytime I did.

    17/04/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    15. Matthew H.
    Three friends and I went to Minneapolis for the NCAA basketball tourney. We are all 22 and still in college and we stayed here.

    Location:
    Perfect for us, the Metrodome is a two second walk and you can see it from the lobby. Also right next to the Metrodome is a little "train" which was a half hour ride to Mall of America, $1.75 ticket. The hotel is about a $ 12. with tip, taxi ride to First ave. Which has bars like; brother, anxe (sp?), bootleggers, drink...probably others.

    Setting:
    Pretty nice little hotel, room is very different from most hotels I've stayed in. Has a bar in the lobby and a pretty large open area with several different seating areas. Drinks are kind of expensive but no different then anywhere else. Lots of different liquors, not much variety of beer. The service was great; Nick and Emily are great. The hotel also has lots of different little games like bags...etc. at the end of the lobby. Has food service that runs till midnight and cook for the morning and a little lunch area.

    24/03/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    16. M B.
    Ok people, The first thing I've learned about the Starwood brand after this experience is it is no longer the brand I look to for excellence. In my opinion, this is a huge scar on their reputation. This stay has turned me elsewhere, namely XXXXXX. I've X'ed it out so it doesn't look biased. As far as I'm concerned, this hotel has, in my mind, seriously blemished the brand. I'd have stayed at the Westin for my scheduled 2nd night but this directed me away. I'd chosen this hotel due to the recommendation of personnel of Guthrie Theater (within a two block location). Their reputation is blemished as well now. Modern looking is all I can say for Aloft. Nothing is comfortable here. The beds are rock hard (mattress on wood). The floor in front of the toilet was less than clean (pic to prove it). The TV had audio but no video. The noise from Washington Ave is atrocious. Choose the other side of the hall if you must. I'm feeling gracious giving a two star rating as, for some reason, two days later, I'm feeling a bit less PO'd. Spend two fifty and sleep tight elsewhere. The C-note spent here is not worth it.

    02/04/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    17. Ann G.
    I like! Great model-laid back and hassle free. My room had a view of the skyline, but I agree-street side is noisy at night. Loved the lounge and bar area, plus the set up for self-serve food-rooms were nice with Bliss spa products and bed linens are good quality. Hallways a little dark and seedy, and the pool isn't impressive. Nice staff.

    26/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    18. sarah p.
    Ok, I didn't sleep in the bed, but I finally got a peek into the rooms and I've got to say, I was impressed -- especially for the price. It reminded me alot of the the Hotel Helix in DC. Candy colors, a good use of space, PLENTY of outlets and Bliss products  made this room very comfortable. I also sat on the bed and have to say, I could have easily taken a nap on it. The only thing I didn't like was the lighting in the vanity area. Found it a little harsh, and I am preferring to blame the lighting than my face. Gotta keep that self-esteem up, ya know?

    I really like the hotel's concept, boutique and budget yet for the business traveller. There's a nice size pool and a great outdoor area as well. Check out the wxyz bar for a great drink and relaxing time.

    If I were a business traveller in MSP, I would definitely stay here.

    05/12/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    19. Darina H.
    Affordable, accepted my Triple A rate. Great interior decor in the lounge, bar and room. Our room had a King sized bed and a large flat screen TV.  The employees were super nice and friendly.  There were even computers in the front lobby that allowed us to print our boarding passes (SWEET). The only vice was that part of the wall in the corner of our room was attached to the wall of the bathroom shower so you could see the person showering in the bathroom. Granted; the wall is clouded and you can barely see AND it's the person you're staying with but even then...that may be too close for comfort.

    15/06/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    20. Sam K.
    I am fan of Aloft and this is one of them. Parking is not free and but you can pay together with the hotel bill. I like no frills hotel with basic amenities as long as the bed is comfortable, clean and cosy.

    26/12/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    21. Joanna E.
    PROS:
    1. free shuttle will take you anywhere within 5 miles (except Sundays)
    2. free internet access on computers in lobby (and free wi-fi throughout, I think?)
    3. good quality Bliss brand toiletries
    4. lobby bar has shuffleboard, pool, giant Connect Four, corn hole, Scrabble, Clue and other games
    5. walking distance to light rail (will take you to Mall of America and airport, among other stops), Megabus station, Guthrile, Mill Museum, great running/biking trails
    6. in general, great customer service

    CONS:
    1. confusing light switches in the room
    2. not enough places to hang towels

    CONS don't really matter given how cheap, comfortable and convenient the whole experience is.

    11/09/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    22. Andrew H.
    traveling on a business trip, aloft was the perfect choice of stay due to its proximity to our office.  beyond that, i enjoyed the decor...modern and spacious, built for the young professional.  it had plenty of couches to relax, enjoy a few drinks from the bar, shoot some pool, or play some shuffleboard.  the lobby was also equipped with two computers set up for early flight check-in, which is always a convenient addition for a business traveler.  

    the room definitely had the loft-feel to it, which higher ceilings and large windows. the sleeping area was small, and the bed filled up most of the space.  but there was free wireless internet and a nice flat screen tv to enjoy, though did anyone else notice that the tv was wall mounted inappropriately high?

    with a downstairs garage ($15 a day), a small indoor pool and hot tub, a gym, and even a little outdoor nook to enjoy the nice weather, i found the aloft to be rather comforting yet professional.  however, it can be quite expensive. even with a government rate, the daily charge went well over $100.  if i was paying for the stay out of my own pocket on normal rates, i probably would've looked elsewhere.

    26/08/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    23. Mindy Y.
    I loved this hotel enough to write a Yelp review of it.  Hotels are generally "whatever" and tend to all meld together over time.  As long as the bed is comfy and the room is clean, I'm cool.  I can honestly say though that this one really stuck out.

    It's cute, trendy, fun, easy to get to and CHEAP.  Not cheap in a bad way, but very reasonably priced especially considering it's part of the W family.  My company's preferred hotel chain is Starwood, so maybe that was a factor, but I don't remember the last time I stayed somewhere for $135/night that wasn't a borderline roach motel.

    My only complaint was the heater in my room.. the thermostat said it was 77 degrees in my room, but I was still chilly with my coat on.  The front desk came up and fixed it and all was well.  The free wifi and fruity smell in the lobby made up for it.

    19/02/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    24. Katie W.
    I stayed here on a recent trip to Minneapolis. I originally picked it because I was in town to see the Yankees play the Twins and it is near the Metrodome and I also got a good rate through Starwood.

    It is a newer, hip, no frills hotel and I was impressed with it for what it was. The room was nice with a big flat screen and wireless internet is free which I factor into price. Overall it was a good, uneventful hotel stay (which is good when traveling).  And definitely a good rate for what you get.

    I would say that if I were going to visit for something that wasn't in the area I would probably stay more downtown if I could get a comparable rate - it gets cold here and it is a bit of a walk.

    21/10/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    25. sparkle w.
    Stayed at the Aloft as a "staycation" for my husband's birthday. Had spent some time in the lobby / bar at a party, so i was already a fan of the contemporary style. The standard king room, was a little small but properly styled. Amenities were well thought out. We went to the Vikes game which was a 5 minute walk, the shuttle (courtesy) took us the W for drinks.

    Couple things:
    More shuttle hours
    Labeling for lighting in the room
    Tinted windows in rooms

    14/11/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    26. Tina L.
    Pretty much the same thing as any other aloft. All of the rooms are regular rooms. I like the rooms with double beds more than the ones with just one king bed, because the rooms are a teeny bit larger, and you get a teeny bit more closet space, and the sink counter is a teeny bit roomier.

    No free parking, though metered street parking is cheap enough (for this downtown-ish area) and very convenient right in front of the hotel - they always have coins at the front desk.

    Good staff.

    Good location next to the Guthrie and a nice park - I always see people jogging/biking/segway-ing.

    No lounge/free food, but most corporate rates include a $10 breakfast voucher, and SPG plats get one hot beverage (though at most alofts, I've exchanged these vouchers for bottled juices/sodas/water with no problems).

    It's a little expensive for how basic the rooms/services are.

    11/05/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    27. Scott O.
    Snagged my room for 90.00 on priceline but you can also get that deal directly by paying ahead.  Good service, clean rooms with a modern design.  Didn't care for the sliding closet door on the bathroom, takes away from the privacy/room seperation.  Not too spacious, but the room was comfortable.  The shades sucked and allowed way too much light in the room.  Beds were average at best with regards to comfort.  Mounted flat screen which was nice and free bottles of water and dang good coffee in the lobby.  Lounge (cocktails) there, but it was dead at 1:00am on a Saturday night...but I can't remember if that was at bar close already.

    18/06/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    28. Michelle M.
    Good location, cute room, ok bed, crappy pillow, cool lobby. This has the style of the "real" W without the luxurious touches (there's no room service, etc.). It's not cheap enough for me to justify staying here instead of The Foshay, which was only about $20 more per night. Basically- I'd stay here if I was passing through, but not as a "destination" hotel.

    16/01/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    29. Jim H.
    A really cool, somewhat different place to stay. The rooms are small, but the loft style makes excellent use of the space. Parking is across the street in a garage, but it takes an advanced degree to figure out how to get out of the garage! Very pet friendly, with a grassy field outside, and a park right across the street. The pizzas at the bar are excellent, and they even let our dog sit at the bar with us. The staff was knowledgeable and friendly, and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Would definitely recommend this place.

    22/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    30. Nancee N.
    This is one of the coolest hotels I've every stayed at in Minneapolis. Booked a room here with a bunch of friends for a little college reunion and pre-concert meeting spot for all of my out of town guests. Lets just say I impressed everyone by finding this place and we had a fabulous time! Between the wxyz bar and shuffle board in the lobby we were all engaged and back to feeling like kids again. The rooms were clean, beautiful and inexpensive. This is a very sexy hotel to have a romantic weekend with someone you love a bachelorette party or just to get away and have some fun. Bonus points for the free shuttle that drove me and my party of 10 downtown to our concert at the State Theater. Thannkkkkk you!

    27/02/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    31. Moni L.
    I really enjoyed staying at this hotel.  It's pretty hip, boutique like and fairly affordable.  There is a lot of good stuff around the hotel as well which I really enjoyed.   Cupcakes, sushi bar, park area, bike trails.. lots of stuff!

    I enjoyed the products they offered too!  BLISS!  I was really happy with them compared to most boutique hotels.  

    The low platform bed was excellent, the outdoor hanging area, and the lobby was pretty nice too!  Don't buy stuff in that little store though because all of it is insanely expensive.  

    One thing I didn't like was the parking.  There was a ton of metered parking which blows, but that is a big deal for me when you're staying more than a few days.  

    Overall, the experience was nice and I would go back.  The traffic can get pretty intense around there and it can get loud, but it's good in my book.

    Stay on the top floor.  It's awesome!

    09/09/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    32. Jafey A.
    The bar area and little breakfast area are very cute and trendy, and a nice place to sit and relax for a bit.  The rooms on the other hand are a little too dirty for my liking.  We stayed in two different rooms and you would have no idea you were staying at a place that doesn't have a "$59 rooms available" sign on the front.  We paid a lot for the room for our Vikings/Broncos weekend in town and it was worth a quarter of it.  Its a trendy, cool place but the hotel room falls short.

    31/07/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    33. Eric K.
    Extremely overpriced for what you get.  They think they are trendy and have missed the mark by a mile.  NO ROOM SERVICE...among many other things.  

    The rooms are abysmal.  Once again, they think they are trendy by offering something small and quaint, but the layout of the rooms is shockingly bad.  We got the rooms that were the upgrade from regular rooms.  It's a bed in a room, with a little space to walk around.  Behind the bed is the bathroom, for which the wall does not reach the ceiling.  This means that if you turn on the bathroom light (which will take a while to figure out as one light switch merely enables the other light switches to function) then you illuminate the entire room.  Also, the toilet is separated from the rest of the room by a sliding door that is designed to not shut all the way.  So you're gonna stink up the entire room at some point.  

    If you still are going to go to this place for some crazy reason, know that they will charge $15 for parking, and then tell you to go park your car (no valet) in the lot across the street.  WHICH COSTS $5 A NIGHT HAD YOU NOT ALREADY PAID $15.  

    This place is so incredibly bad.  Go to the Guthrie Theater for food and Sanctuary across the street for cocktails though.

    16/10/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    34. Sandy K.
    My first stay at the Aloft by W Hotels. This hotel is targeting the younger, hip, business traveler. Smells like aromatherapy when you walk in. The lobby area is open, including the WXYZ bar, comfy seating, pool table, a giant connect four game around the corner. Friday night there was a band playing and they were great! I enjoyed a pomegranate martini while listening to some cool music before I turned in.

    The other particapants for the meeting I was in MSP for were kept awake until 2am from the noise of the band and the people living it up, as well as hallway noise. I got lucky and had a room on the 5th floor so I didn't hear a bit of it. The reviews about the noise are def true at this hotel so ask for a room higher up.

    Bliss products in the bathroom is a PLUS, but its the shampoo conditioner combo which always sucks no matter how good the brand.

    Cool design, GREAT pillows, mattress.. eh.. not that great.

    Grab n go food was convienient but pricey.

    They have a "kids camp" which consists of a blow up mattress, charachter sheets, coloring book, and some kind of snacks according to the website. I mentioned at my 4pm check in that I was traveling with  my 6yo and they said theyd send it right up. at 10pm I called down and they said it would be right up. The "kids camp bag" arrived with the mattress two sheets, one coloring book, and a couple of crayons, that was it so don't get your kids hyped up about it.

    I'd stay again, it wasn't the best but it was all I'd usually need for business travel.

    19/10/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    35. Linda T.
    This hotel is a bit confusing - it tries to give an high-end appeal yet in actuality just an average hotel.

    Pros:
    Public areas and lounge decor are beautiful and modern.
    Friendly staff.
    Shower/bathroom/bedroom are all very clean and new. (hopefully they keep it up as the hotel ages)

    Cons:
    Thin walls- I could hear people watching TV next door and people laughing,etc... I would imagine such new hotel would come with a better sound proof walls.
    Heater - It was extremely loud, especially at nighttime when it keeps on turning on and off while you're trying to fall asleep. I seriously thought about turning the heater off completely, but it was 26F outside...so I opted insomnia rather than freeze to death~

    One interesting thing I noticed ... the "standard" rate by the door listed "$799/person; $999 for 3 people, etc.."  Who would stay here for $799 per night? or they want to think we're getting a good deal and saved us $600 bucks? funny...

    I don't think I'll stay in any Aloft, unless they offer another quadruple bonus starwood points + cheap rates.

    21/11/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    36. Dina H.
    Stayed here over Labor Day weekend and had an enjoyable experience and would stay here again.  I've listed the pros and cons below.  

    Pros:
    - Bliss products
    - Comfortable bedding
    - Nice shower with good water pressure
    - Wxyz bar with happy hour specials
    - Pool table, shuffle board, corn hole, huge connect four games downstairs
    - Friendly staff
    - Big bedroom windows that let in a lot of natural light
    - Two complimentary bottles of water
    - Empty mini-fridge available in room

    Cons:
    - Rooms aren't very big
    - Closet was strange and small.  It was hard to hang your clothes.
    - multi-colored stripes EVERYWHERE I looked ... I don't like stripes
    - The lights in the room were slightly annoying ... couldn't turn on the bathroom lights without the main lights being on
    - $15 bucks a day for in and out parking at the  lot across the street.  it's only cost efficient if you plan on leaving the garage at least twice in a day.  Otherwise, you may just consider paying by hour from the lot.  There's also plenty of metered parking, which might make more sense if you don't plan on parking it at the hotel for hours at a time during the day.

    05/09/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    37. Anastasia B.
    I loved the front desk staff at this hotel they were so kind and helpful.  Sean at the front desk gave great dinner suggestions and helpful tips about the city.  I found the room to be comfortable and clean. The View from the room was pleasant and I was happy about the Bliss bath products.  I will stay at the Aloft instead of the expensive W from now on.

    24/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    38. Gabi M.
    Aloha!  Andrea R was not kidding when she warned me about all of the Aloha greetings I would get when I entered Aloft... It took me a second to process this when I came in, and I couldn't decide if I should reply with an "aloha" as well, or if "hello" would be ok.  I think I went with "hello."  But I digress...

    My two night stay at Aloft was wonderful.  The employees were friendly, the room was clean, the bed was comfortable, my Verizon card worked in my room so I could work at the desk without any problem, the 'Fuel' café had plenty of breakfast and snack options, the 'Recharge' gym  met my workout needs, the location seemed fine, and the price was right!  Extra bonus is that I get Starwood points - yay!

    I hope that Aloft will expand as it's a perfect option for those that have the taste of a 'W' and the budget of something a little less.  I know that if I return to MSP or any other city with Aloft, I will not hesitate to stay there again... aloha and all!

    31/10/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    39. Colleen C.
    Aloha, yourself!

    Yes, they say "Aloha." Interesting, I don't quite get the connection there, but whatever. They are really nice :)

    Room was smallish, but well-appointed and very new & clean. Just what you want when you have to sleep all up in some digs that aren't your own. Right? Yes. Everything I needed, in a compact space. My only complaint? WHOA, that bathroom light is HARSH. I do not want to see myself in that much detail the morning after I've been drinking cocktails at the wxyz bar, seriously. I'm all for honesty, but that's just cruel!

    Bed was super comfy. View of the Metrodome, nice...though I do have to agree with Sarah P, it looks like a large zit. Thanks for that mental pic SP ;)

    Service was nothing short of stellar, and I was only in for one night so I didn't get to try out all the cool stuff. Like games in the bar! And...snack shop! And gym! And patio (kidding, it was like 2 degrees), and Pool! And. ya know...everything else. But, the bed was nice and they have Bliss products...so yes, this is an all-approved by Colleen type of hotel.

    Aloha! (does that mean bu-bye, too?)

    11/12/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    40. Peter K.
    I'm a big fan of these cheap chic hotels. I don't need people waiting on me hand and foot (which is I guess what characterizes a true luxury hotel) but I do appreciate hotels that try something different.

    Wireless internet is free. The TV has this super multimedia input box plugged into it which lets you plug in any device you can think of to output to the TV. I'm not sure what I'd use that for in a hotel but in any case, I guess it's nice.

    Parking is available in a garage right across the street for $15 every 24 hours.

    I stayed here because I knew I wanted to catch a Twins game while I was in town. The Metrodome is a short five minute walk from the hotel.

    The only negative thing about my experience was that the wait for being helped at the front desk can be long at time because it seemed like they were also responsible for selling snacks and drinks. So in addition to waiting for people who were checking in/out, you also had to wait for folks who wanted to buy snacks. Not a big deal.

    Don't stay here thinking you'll meet a lot of interesting young hip people at the bar. This is not a W Hotel. Most of the people staying here seemed to be old and/or overweight who were simply taking advantage of it being one of the cheaper hotels in downtown Minneapolis, irrespective of its decor.

    06/09/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    41. Sally M.
    For my first stay in Minneapolis, my fiance and I decided to stay at aloft because it was inexpensive ($74/night on the weekend), in a good location, and appeared to have nice styling.

    Rachel greeted us very warmly and got us situated with underground parking at $15 a night. The lobby is spacious and clean, with the wxyz bar, pool table, snack area, etc. all visible. We spent an hour or two sipping drinks @ wxyz and played checkers, later there was a DJ spinning on Friday.

    We got a standard king room. The bathroom was clean and had blissspa products! The sleeping area was small, but I reminded myself that the hotel is going for the loft-like feel. Bed was clean, comfy, and two large windows gave great light. Complimentary bottled water, coffee, and tea were a nice touch.

    My only gripes: the hairdryer did not work, the housekeeper did not replace toiletries that were used, nor did he/she change the sheets when I requested them to do so.

    I would certainly stay there again, but housekeeping could step it up a bit.

    01/03/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    42. Adam R.
    Double Queen room is a little small, but very well appointed and very well maintained. Modern styling and friendly staff make this an excellent choice. I will certainly be suggesting Aloft to anyone looking for a place to stay in Minneapolis.

    12/04/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    43. Rachel W.
    very welcoming when you arrive,  helpful and informative when you check in.  offers free shuttle service Monday-Saturday.  Bar has great food, fun bartenders. located downtown, always has something going on or near the hotel.  pet friendly!!!

    04/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    44. Emmy L.
    I have stayed here twice, and overall I was very happy with my stay.  the place is clean, bright, and the staff was happy and helpful.  the rooms are small but nice, the beds are actually really comfortable, and the bliss bath products are a plus!  as far as price, you will not find a better option at this price in downtown.  we stayed on New Years eve and our room was only $125!

    there are a few not so great things worth mentioning:

    parking.  there is a parking ramp next door where we were told to park at check-in, and then charged $15 or $20 for one night by the hotel.  then found out our friends also parked there, but just paid the regular rate (not through the hotel) and was much cheaper.  really?  shouldnt the parking for hotel guests be the same, or cheaper, then the regular rates?  

    noise.  while both times we stayed here was for weddings, so we were out late drinking, the walls are quite thin and i can imagine that if i wasnt the one coming in at 230 am, it could be kinda annoying.  

    overall i was happy with out stays and would definaltey come back.

    24/05/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    45. Herman G.
    I suggest a room on the river side - the street side rooms can get a little noisy with all the bus, truck and car action.

    The staff here is awesome - always willing to do something to make your stay better.

    27/04/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    46. Ann P.
    Honesty and her staff are amazing. Lovely rooms, views of Gold Medal Park are lovely....funky trendy cool and hip..we loved our entire experience. Despite two weddings, the rooms were quiet and we slept well..the staff went ALL out to assist me in many ways including the provision of boxes of tissues (I was sick as a dog), extra pillows, a goodie box to feel better, extra chamomile tea and oh, the free shuttle was SO appreciated. LOVE Aloft!!

    13/02/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    47. Stephanie S.
    When I travel I always go with Starwood, but I am not a fan of the Aloft. Let's start with the rooms: I don't like the mixed shampoo/conditioner or the bodywash attached to the shower wall. It gives the place a cheap vibe. The hairdryers and plug outlets - can you please upgrade to a slightly nicer hairdryer? The ones offered in the room are the cheapest you can possibly find, have no power, which means it takes me twice as long to dry my hair (and not have a good hair day). The power to the hairdryer is weak, and it always falling out of the socket if you move the hairdryer. Seriously, what's up with that? I am simply going to have to pack my own hairdryer, and shampoo/conditioner next time I stay here. What is offered is cheap, cheap, cheap. Bathroom amenities offered at a Travelodge are better than what you will find here. The rooms themselves are perfectly fine. The lobby/lounge area is nice - I would describe it as an IKEA version of a W.

    The lack of room service is something I am not a fan of, but that's my preference. The gym is sub-par compared to other local Starwood hotels, and even other comparable hotels. Please don't have the heat on in the gym - this isn't a Bikram yoga studio.

    I'll stay here if I can't get a decent rate at the Hyatt or Marriot. Unfortunately, I'd rather trade some points for a little more comfort at the same price.

    19/05/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    48. Ryan W.
    Like IKEA, it looks and functions well, but is made cheaply.

    CONS:
    - They nickel and dime you where most other places include these basic items.
    - The walls are shallow, could hear people closing doors and talking till 10:30.
    - The xyz bar has food, that food is horrible and microwaved.
    - Lobby furniture is all upright seating, no relaxed seating.
    - The lighting in the bathroom was WAY low.
    - Everything about this place is modern except for this crappy alarm clock.

    PROS:
    - Quick checking in
    - Staff was nice
    - Free newspaper to read and coffee was decent to good.
    - Bed was comfortable

    Safe travels all!

    23/03/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    49. Lia P.
    Great experience at the Alfot. Friendly people work there, free coffee at all times, a snack bar open 24 hours, clean rooms... everything you need in a hotel. All at an affordable price and pretty good location. No it's not right downtown, that's why it's cheaper. But the area it is in seems fun and it's only a $6 cab ride from the fun stuff downtown.

    27/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    50. Mark M.
    Solid Aloft.  My third stay at this brand.  

    - Excellent Service
    - Great location in Minneapolis
    - Parking not too terribly much
    - Like the other Alofts, not too impressed with all the pre-packaged foods (and they're not cheap)
    - The bartender during our three nights was quite an unhappy individual and it showed (she was quite rude and off-putting)
    - Great Bliss toiletries
    - Be sure to stay on a higher floor so folks in buildings next door can't see you in your birthday suit.

    11/06/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    51. Johnny T.
    Much like my colleague, I didn't know that Aloft Hotels were part of the W line. Imagine Alofts as the Skipper to the W's Barbie. I don't mean this in a derogatory way in the least. You know, Barbie's grown, sexy, chic. She's got mansions, convertibles and hotels. The chick is rolling in the dough. She goes out on a night on the town. Kicks it with her girls. Wonders why Ken can't commit and why her posse all looks like her. Skipper is younger, a little louder, drives a smaller (but still nice) car, has a city condo instead of the manion, beach condo & hotel (D@mn, Barbie! We're in a recession; downsize)... but you know they're sisters. One day, Skipper will be the HBIC just like her older sis. Until then, she's content to be the younger, cuter one with nary a sign of wrinkles. This is the W/Aloft relationship.

    If you like W's, I think you'll enjoy Alofts. They may make you feel a wee bit old but they'll play along and let you catch up. You'll enjoy the same cool music, vibe and smell (love Bliss products) of the W but you won't feel the need to be as cool and put together. Maybe it's just me. At W's, I feel the need to model walk and throw cell phones. Here, at the Aloft, I could imagine making peace with high school enemies and realizing that we're all just people. I mean this to say, you won't feel as though you have to try as hard. This is a good thing. My room overlooked Gold Medal Park and I loved waking up in the morning to stare at the beautiful green. But, don't get it twisted. You're downtown so restaurants, bars and trouble are just a few steps away. I had a queen double bed room and enjoyed all the space. The bathroom was well laid out, the shower had good pressure and I could easily divide my work space with my relaxation space. The blue-green motif did a number on me when it came to relaxation. Kudos on the color scheme. Another plus of the Skipper? Not as expensive. W, I love ya, but my high-class hookin' days are coming to an end and it's getting harder to make the rent. You're expensive! Alofts (at least this one) are much more affordable. I'd stay again.

    10/01/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    52. Mark L.
    I stayed at Aloft for about two months straight during the summer of 2012 trying to complete the SPG platinum challenge. I worked in downtown Minneapolis at City Center (about a mile away), and found the morning walk to be nice, if I wasn't hungover and it wasn't raining.

    The best parts of the Aloft are:

    Super-friendly staff. These guys really go the extra mile. For example, I am a forgetful traveler, and they have gone up to my room a jillion times to grab stuff I forgot.

    FREE shuttle service from 7 am - 10 pm, to pretty much anywhere in Minneapolis. You'd pay about $7 for a taxi to downtown, but they're super cool about driving you around. The light rail is about 2 or so blocks away if you want that option.

    WXYZ bar and outdoor lounge. Whether you want to go big on a Wednesday night or just grab an after-work drink (see my review for this place), it's nice and close.

    Free wi-fi. In 2012, this is expected, I get it. And I'm not going to lie, it's not that fast, but that's the case pretty much everywhere.

    Inexpensive rates. Granted, I stay here on a corporate rate, but I've checked out the normal rates, and I would totally stay here if it was just for pleasure. Compared to the high prices of downtown, the trade-off of only being a mile away for half the price is unbeatable.

    The Aloft is guilty of having kitschy, modern decor. Just like other W hotels, they try to be hip and modern in pretty much every aspect. But sometimes, you just want a normal desk chair, not some weird Ikea-esque back-breaker.

    Overall, it's a solid choice for a Minneapolis hotel.

    18/10/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    53. Andrea R.
    If there's one thing that's necessary in Minneapolis it's heat! Soooo not so happy when the heat in my room at the Aloft just decides to stop working.  The smart thing to do would probably have been to call downstairs and ask them to come up and fix my heat. But I decide to bundle up (nothing like sleeping in a jacket) because it's already 3AM, I don't want a hotel employee in my room in the middle of the night, and i have to wake up in 4 hours to catch an early flight. I just want sleep...even if it feels like I'm sleeping outside in negative degree weather.

    4 hours later I check out of the hotel and am a bit worried I may get pneumonia from my night in the arctic.  The nice man at the check-out desk notices the icicles in my hair and blue skin...and says he isn't going to charge me for my night sans heat.  I'm still cold, but the nice customer service warms my heart.

    Sticking with my 4 stars since the employees at this hotel could not be nicer. And I'm a big fan of the gym, spacious rooms, the bliss products, and the price is right. But I'm never returning to the Aloft Minneapolis in the winter unless they promise me some heat!

    PS: Valet parking would be nice too! Parking in the attached garage late at night was a bit freaky...

    01/02/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    54. Corey D.
    Aloft is ok, but I just didn't get the warm and friendly feeling that's typical of W counterparts.

    18/09/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    55. Jessica A.
    My second stay at aloft Mpls, everything was all good.

    There is only 1 suite at this aloft (few aloft properties actually have suites); and like my other visit, it was already booked -- so no Platinum upgrade for me. (But with a midnight flight arrival and 100% full occupancy, i wasn't expecting a suite.)

    But... this location is great for me, as it's only a couple blocks walk from the Metrodome light rail stop. (So no need to rent a car the first night in Mpls.)

    I didn't hear too many of the "Aloha" greetings... and actually, i think those have now died down at most of the other aloft properties.

    But... the breakfast items lately, while a la carte, have been pretty lame or non-existent. It would definitely be nice if they had more breakfast options in the morning.

    I'm alright with the aloft brand, but my husband isn't a fan. He isn't a fan because there are relatively zero upgrades and no club lounges like other Starwood properties.

    01/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    56. Scott F.
    I've just started staying at this hotel each week and really like it.  It's in a great location in downtown MSP right off the Mississippi river.  There are local bars and restaurants nearby.

    The rooms are nice - typical fare for Starwood - good beds, clean, and with nice toiletries.  My only small complaint is that the closets are not long enough to hang a pair of pants.

    Staff is friendly and I really enjoy the fact that they have good grab and go food and a bar which serves food, which is convenient when I'm returning from the office late.

    It's a keeper.

    05/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    57. David S.
    I have to say that while I do enjoy the minimalist design/architecture at Aloft, minimalism = uncomfortable.

    The beds are rock solid.
    There's no free continental breakfast.
    The parking sucks.

    As a person who travels regularly for business, I've grown accustomed to Marriott properties (which are at the same exact price range that Starwood properties like Aloft are, btw) that across all their brands, they have comfortable beds and complimentary continental breakfasts, so when the gf and I decided to stay here for a night, even though we live right down the street in the North Loop, we figured it would be a nice getaway and that the beds would be comfortable. Not the case.

    That said, I liked the pool and the WXYZ bar was pretty cool, even though I don't drink.

    Also, the staff is very friendly, it's a pet-friendly hotel, and the shuttle they have will take you anywhere in a 5 mile radius which is great if you want to dine somewhere in downtown Mpls.

    02/12/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    58. Annie D.
    Why yes, I AM reviewing a hotel in my own city.

    I had the opportunity to stay here with my co-workers for a conference last week and there were some highlights and lowlights. Mostly a great stay though!

    Highlights:
    -The outdoor courtyard area, complete with little fireplace and loungey chairs.
    -The staff was rather great during our stay.
    -As a local, I like this location since it is walking distance from NE and downtown and the riverfront is so beautiful. It has easy access to the light rail (two blocks away). You do miss out on the bustle of downtown a little bit, but I don't mind.
    -Free shuttle service within 5 miles!
    -Free bottled water, coffee and mini fridges in the room
    -Fun magazines stocked in the bathroom
    -Nice conference rooms that even have a bunch of games sitting outside the rooms. We played Hungry Hungry Hippos.
    -There's a lot of varied spaces in the lobby area for working, getting a drink, playing pool, meeting colleagues, etc.
    -Refuel center downstairs offers more than the usual convenience store would, including local Joia Sodas and made-to-order breakfast sandwiches in the morning.
    -Free Internet
    -The bartender Rachel saved our team mascot from certain death. #growhorse

    Lowlights:
    -My room was in a terrible location directly above the courtyard and adjacent to the elevator waiting area. People could legitimately see into my room if they were waiting for elevators... and that's more than just annoying when I wander out of the bathroom while still buckling my belt.
    -2-in-1 shampoo-conditioner... ugh. I actually thought about running home to get conditioner.
    -The Internet cut out the first evening we were there and also a good chunk of the day Wednesday, but the staff really worked hard to get it back up. Seeing as we are an Internet company... I just kinda had to laugh. :)

    If you've ever stayed in a W Hotel, you have to manage your expectations with Aloft. It's cheaper and therefore doesn't come with the same amenities (no mini bar or room service, fewer bottles of stealable Bliss products, the bed is not as absurdly comfortable as with a Westin or W, etc.). So while there are a few things that I think could be improved, it's a solid hotel for the price and I'd recommend it to anyone that doesn't want to sacrifice budget for cool-factor.

    17/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    59. Annette J.
    I rolled into Aloft a little tipsy and A LOT exhausted. I had only had a maybe 20 cumulative hours of sleep the week before and I was really ready to pass out. Luckily my king sized bed was extremely comfortable and I was out like a light. I entered my cone of silence (eye mask and ear plugs) and I slept like a baby for 10 full hours. AHHHHH. For that alone, I am grateful for Aloft!

    The room isn't anything incredibly fancy but it's cute and modern. I really wanted to take the alarm clock with me (and actually looked it up online to try and fine one of my own). The bathroom was a little dim (would have liked a brighter light over the toilet and in the shower) and the shower was strong and hot, although I'm with everyone who wishes there were a bit of a platform to work on the shaving situation! Also each room comes with a mini fridge and mine unfortunately was DOA. I was given a 12oz bag of cheese curds (!!!!) as a welcome gift from my team upon check-in so I needed that running. Let's face it, we can't all be Candice G who can down nearly one pound of cheese in one sitting! So, I gave the front desk a ring and they came quickly. Unfortunately it seemed to be an issue with the outlet but they brought in a new fridge and plugged it into another space in the room and I was back in delightful dairy action.

    I like the building a lot. The mini convenience store in the lobby saved me on many occasions (starvation and a hangover), the bar in the lobby was a great place to congregate and have a drink, and every staff person I encountered was a dream. They seemed to really enjoy working there. The first day I arrived I took a swim in the pool and a soak in the hot tub and both were delightful (and clean!). I also really liked the seating area outside. I spent a few hours there one afternoon working and it was great.

    As a few of my colleagues have mentioned the internet did go out on us a few times during our stay which can be frustrating when you work for a website but they were incredibly apologetic, had it repaired ASAP, and gave us some delicious snacks and drink tickets for our inconvenience. I'll gladly take a free glass of wine and Joyia soda for my troubles!

    Best of all? It was totally affordable! I can definitely see myself returning to Minneapolis and when I do I'd surely stay at Aloft again!

    28/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    60. Farrah A.
    I never knew that Aloft hotels were part of the W, but as soon as I walked in, smelt the Bliss bath products in the air and noticed the XYZ Bar, it all made sense.

    I booked my two-night rezzie online (using my Starwood Preferred Guests membership) just days before and paid $127 per night (a modest rate for a boutique hotel in town).

    The room size was perfect, I had my big plush king bed, free Wi-Fi, free bottled waters in the room, complimentary morning coffee in the AM, HD TV, friendly check-in and staff. So why the average star rating? My first night I fell fast asleep, but Friday night (technically 3:30am on Saturday), there was an all-night dance party on the patio. And the walls are paper thin. I could hear all the crazy drunk fools running through the halls. And the elevator sound.

    The bathroom offers Bliss bath products which I absolutely LOVE. Except I'm not a fan of shampoo-conditioner combo. Dries out the hair. And since I packed super light for this trip, I didn't bring any of my own (which I always do). I also always am sure to bring my blow-dryer, but again, left it at home. The hotel blow-dryer was great at first - blowing hot, fast air, but it kept going out, as well as burning out multiple sockets. I had to go to the airport with sopping wet hair.

    This hotel also has a great gym, a pool, printing and flight check-in station, a bumpin' lounge scene (music is a few decibels too loud), and airport town car service for $40. I'd certainly stay at Aloft again, but I'd be sure to request a room away from the elevators and possibly with views of the park.

    10/10/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    61. Tiffany N.
    Just had another good stay at Aloft in MSP and thought I'd update my previous review with a couple of key points.

    1. There is no room service in the hotel. You can get food to go from the XYZ bar or you can eat it there.

    2. The breakfast is really quick, almost like a convenient store of grab and go options, but they do have the ability to make omelets and egg sandwiches.

    3. The shampoo is a shampoo/conditioner mix so if you like have separate condition you'll have to bring some. The shampoo and the soap for the shower are also in big containers mounted to the wall so you just squirt some out rather than having small bottles for personal use.

    All in all it's a nice place to stay for the rates they charge, everyone is friendly, and the Bliss bathroom products smell pretty heavenly.

    11/10/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    62. Tony J.
    Pet Friendly - They even bring the dog a pet bed and a bowl and treats and a toy.
    Staff - Very Professional and can be fun.
    Decor - A bit modern, a bit retro. Not high styling, just simple and clean.
    Cleaning - Don't know we put up the do not clean we are green tag.
    Swimming pool. A small pool, you are not going to be doing laps here, but you can have some fun.
    Free Shuttle, it is first come first serve.
    This was a great place for my wife and I to get away "to the city" from the burbs.
    Great walking to lots and lots of places.

    We had fun.

    18/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    63. Joe E.
    Cool place.  Much cooler than me.  

    I love the architecture, and the interior design, but...it is all relatively small. (not that that's a bad thing)

    A couple of complimentary bottles of water were very appreciated, as was the issue of Dwell Magazine (very fitting).  The staff was incredibly nice, the price was right, and they had one of the oh-so-handy Nice Ride Bike Sharing bike racks right outside.  Perfect for someone in town without a vehicle, and great for a quick ride around the very cool neighborhood that Aloft is in.  I strongly suggest taking a quick ride out to the  Stone Arch Bridge and check out the Mill Ruins at night.  Beautiful.

    This neighborhood made me want to go home and pack up the house and become a full time Minnesotan.

    30/04/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    64. Tracy K.
    Not sure why there are so many low reviews of this place!  

    At $119/night, Aloft MN totally hit the mark:
    1. Clean and new
    2. Provides a free shuttle anywhere within a 5 mile radius (tip: you must book in advance!)
    3. Free WiFi with no annoying password
    4. Complimentary coffee/tea in the morning
    5. Plenty of lobby socializing space with a pool table!
    6. Outlets all over the place
    7. Bliss spa products built into the wall of the shower (no annoying little bottles rolling around!)

    It's everything I need to get by!

    23/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    65. Lauren T.
    It was my first trip from Dallas to Minneapolis for business, and my director and I decided on reservations for The Aloft. I REALLY like this hotel. It is at a great price point, in a great location and the beds are sooooo comfortable. The Aloft is very trendy (which is a given, being the little sister of The W Hotel), so expect bright-colored interior design, mod furniture (IKEA-ish) and a sleek, boutique-on-a-budget flair about it. They also have a fun little bar downstairs in the lobby and a roomy area adorned with plush pillows and modern couches to lounge around, play pool, do work on your laptop or chat with colleagues.

    This Aloft has a 24-hour fitness center and a pool. But my FAVORITE, FAVORITE, FAVORITE thing about this hotel is that it's literally right next to the amaaaazing biking/running trails that go through parks, across the Mississippi River (fabulous scenery) and all around downtown Minneapolis. This hotel is perfect for the working traveler who wants to stay somewhere downtown that is not only comfortable, affordable and stylish, but also offers a runner's paradise when you step out of the building! I will most certainly stay here again!

    07/06/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    66. Jenna C.
    We had a great experience at this hotel.  We stayed here for two nights for a wedding.  The staff was VERY friendly.  Even when we were being slightly noisy at 2 in the morning in the lobby, they were nice (we weren't bothering anybody or anything).  

    The rooms were very clean.  Be sure to ask for one facing away from the street.  We had a lovely park view.  The only problem with noise was that we were near the staircase, so we'd hear that door shut a lot.

    The bed was very comfortable, and the mounted flat screen TV was nice.  They had complimentary bottled water, coffee, and tea in the room.  There were bliss products for the shower and sink.  

    They offer lots of different "packages" for toiletries and games and other knick-knacks.  I forgot deodorant, so I bought a pack with deodorant, a razor, and a mini shaving cream for $7.  Definitely over-priced, but convenient.

    There is also a great bar with a great happy hour downstairs, and pool, board games, and a Giant Connect 4!  There is free wi-fi and two computers you can use downstairs.

    I think two nights on Expedia was about $240.  Parking was $15 which was lame.  I'd probably return to aloft locations.

    09/09/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    67. Kylie J.
    Pretty decent hotel. Had my friends 21st there and rooms are pretty sound proof! Only thing was no hours were posted for the pool and there was no 'hotel' book in the room with general hotel info. Channel guide would've been nice too. They beds weren't the nicest but okay. Great shower/bathroom area! Would prefer a better parking system.

    27/04/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    68. Mary R.
    We have an office by here that requires occasional visits.  This is the go to hotel for those visits.  Nice hotel and super friendly and accommodating staff.  Great atmosphere. The only drawback is the parking, which is not Aloft parking, but rather a parking garage behind the Aloft for all of downtown.  Parking can be pricey.

    25/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    69. Rachel F.
    Aloft = the W's smaller, littler, and more approachable sibling. I am completely and perfectly fine with this fact.

    See... I don't need fancy-pants. I need a clean room, nice folks, and a few select amenities that make the stay easy, convenient, and enjoyable.

    And that's about it, really.

    I mean, upscale is fun. Classy is sassy. But honestly? When I'm traveling, I'm generally not spending too much time in the hotel room/hotel itself.

    That said, Aloft was my home for three days earlier this month, and I thoroughly enjoyed their perfect blend of laid-back/economical + attention to detail/kind of W-ish.

    The staff? So so nice and completely accommodating. The rooms? Just fine, with a stand-up shower, Bliss products, free water, a coffeemaker, iron/hairdryer, all the requisites...

    The bed? Comfy enough! (I really like making pillow nests in hotels, btw.)

    Four stars because I don't need anything more. Perfectly apt, and should I return to MPLS and be in need of a hotel, chances are I'll hit Aloft up once more.

    26/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    70. Danny W.
    The "vision" is really only a slight glimpse of how good a W is. There is no whatever/whenever department so if you call down for something it's more of a can-you-come-get-it-from-the-front-desk department.

    I haven't had a towel replaced 3 days and the Wifi has gone out twice (which they we're very apologetic of), but I guess the breakfast area and bar are bright spots.

    I get that it's a bargain brand of the W chain,($109) but thus far aloft hasn't exactly been on their A-game.

    12/09/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    71. Brittany S.
    I dig the fancy-dancy chic style of W hotels. Aloft was no exception. The rooms were sassy with crisp lines and a welcoming stash of local magazines (is it okay that I took one for the road? a little late to ask now...)

    Pros of Aloft:
    -close proximity to tram from airport
    -sassy interior
    -fair price
    -free wifi
    -lotion that'll leave your legs uh shining!
    -free shuttle around the city within 5 miles

    I refrained from going full out 5 stars for two reasons:
    -internet difficulties - fabulous that it was free but I suppose that only counts if it is working (please note that management was very apologetic and tried very hard to fix the problem for our group)
    -loud air conditioners in rooms (I am a crazy-light sleeper, so every hour or so this beast of a unit would crank back on waking moi up)

    Dear Indy, Where's our W hotel? hmmm... tick tock. tick tock.

    13/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    72. Rachel C.
    I love me some W hotels. It's like the Apple of hotels. It's cool, it's hip, it plays weird/trance music in the lobby. But the W can cost you a pretty penny. Good think they created the nano, er, I mean, ALoft!

    It may not offer you those ultra comfy beds, but it still has most of the offerings a W has. A room big enough to move in, a refrigerator and the most important, free Bliss products! It's only shrunken down now. The closet's way smaller, they give you one tiny Bliss lotion (which I happily stowed away each night) and the shower is much smaller.

    Speaking of the shower... It deserves its own paragraph. While I'm all for the green movement, I do enjoy being fully rinsed off. I felt like the water pressure was super low. I can only assume it's to conserve, but I could have used a little more pressure to get the suds off. The shower is stand-up only, which is totally fine, as long as there's a ledge. A ledge you ask? Well, I felt like I was doing yoga in the shower every morning as I tried to find the best way to prop my leg up to shave. Let's just say, it was not an easy task!

    Other than that, I have no other complaints! The staff was all super friendly and I love the lobby offerings! A tiny market to grab breakfast, snacks and drinks, a decent size bar area and a good amount of places to park it if you need to work. I wish I  had only had more time to swim in the pool or soak in the jacuzzi! Oh well, perhaps next time.

    For now I'll start the campaign for one in Pittsburgh! I'd hang in the lobby and listen to trance. Or put in headphones and enjoy the atmosphere at least!

    02/10/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    73. Nicole W.
    I like the W's little sister, Aloft. She's cute, she's modern and she's easy-going. This Aloft is no exception. After spending 2.5 days here for a Yelpy conference, I feel like I've given this abode a fair shake in all departments. Let's discuss, shall we?

    Conference services: The staff is greT to work with. They're quick, helpful and more than willing to make things right if and when something goes awry. I really appreciate such fast turnaround and attentiveness! Plus, the wxyz bartender, Rachel, saved #growhorse. That's really saying something.

    Food/drink options: The refuel bar is quiet convenient and provided many a nom at all hours of the day. My breakfast sandwich was pretty solid and pricing was fair all the way around. Props for keeping some vendors local by stocking the delicious Joia soda.

    Location: I really enjoyed the Warehouse District. From the mill ruins to the infinite parks and bridges, this area is super cool. The major downside is that you're a fairly substantial walk from downtown proper.

    Amenities: Request/schedule te complimentary shuttle when needed! This was clutch for our group. I enjoyed the gym (all working equipment) and if I would
    have had more time I would have taken a dip in the pool/hot tub or tried the Nice Ride shared bikes just one block away.

    Rooms: Spacious, modern and nicely appointed - especially for the nightly rate. I found the room more than adequate with a number of outlets (always seems like I'm searching for them!) and dug the desk layout. I wasn't crazy about the sliding door to the bathroom, but it worked out fine for me as a single room occupant. It would have been nice to have actual Bliss shampoo and conditioner instead of the 2-1 dispensers in the shower. It's also worth noting that bottled water is provided at no charge and each room comes with its own Mr. Coffee. Sweet!

    Staff: Friendly and helpful. Zero complaints here - our conference room was well taken care of as was my room.

    If I'm looking for a nice, modern hotel in the area that won't break the bank too many times over, Aloft is a great choice.

    14/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    74. Candice G.
    I am but a simple man with a simple stipend to allot to travel.

    Traveling on my own has given me the opportunity to become accustomed to such less-than-luxury experiences as holes in hotel walls covered by chicken wire, 'mystery' stains-a-plenty and even an on arrival pube in the hotel's soap dish. At this point in my life, NBD and totally par for the course.

    Now, it's by great fortune that I had the opportunity to stay at Minneapolis' Aloft Hotel, a luxury hotel, by my standards, yet a steal at $109 a night.

    Sure, it has it's downfalls, but I have to say that compared to it's big sister, W, this is like an 8 to their 4.

    I'll break it down by + and -'s, and start with the minuses because I'm on the verge of ovulation and it's the little rants that really help keep crabby Candi at bay.

    - 2 elevators... for the most part, no wait. EXCEPT when housekeeping's coming down and holds both elevators on every floor so you just stand in the lobby and wait and wait and wait.

    - I was here on work and the internet went out twice for a fairly long period of time. In fact, it was out so long that they had to bring someone in to replace their busted ass router. No bueno losing technology when you work for an internet company... but they really went above and beyond to make up for it and in the end, I was happier with free breakfast and Joia  than a few more hours of interwebbing.

    - stand-up shower... it's not what I'm used to (I've pioneered a nearly 2-decade old showering system called a shower-bath-shower that doesn't work here... bummer) and it's really f*ckin' maddening that there is neither a short ledge to put your leg up on to shave, nor a hand rail to try and balance on as you do Cirque du Soleil-style one-legged balance act to shave your shit.

    - No digital clock in the room. Look, I may have been born in the 80's but I specifically made it a point to live into the 2010's so I could totally toss out my knowledge of analog and read only digital specific clocks.

    - I forgot everything a regular human needs to conduct personal hygiene and I was told I should call down and have them bring me a comb, deodorant, razor, toothpaste to my room. So I call, after midnight and I've had a few drinks and I have no make up on and I'm wearing jogging shorts that pretty much bag like a diaper, a sports bra that's waaay too tight for my ribcage and a tee shirt with the sleeves cut off and picture of a chihuahua and kitten that are tough looking, but still friends and the girl at the fron desk tells me I need to come down and get them from the lobby. Ermmm... okayyyy, but remember, you asked for it. So I slip on my TJ Maxx knock-off studded not-quite-cowboy ankle boots just to perfect the Grade-A Goober Garb I've already got on.

    - Seriously sub zero temps in both the hallways and rooms. I tried to blast my room temp up to 79 (the max) to make up for the -15 degree hall outside, but it maxed out at 68. Forget Tahiti and get used to Tundra.

    - Soak up the Bliss brand product smell in the lobby bc the rooms don't have all the mini thief-able bottles. You get a mini soap and an ultra mini lotion bottle. That's it beyond the dorm room style pump shower gel and shampoo+conditioner combo that no one ever likes.

    - They 'toucked' our #GrowHorse despite the 'NO toucking' sign placed on #GrowHorse.

    + The pillows and mattress are made of magic. 100% ground unicorn horn, to be exact. Sweet dreams await you.

    + They have respectable music level and hours in the lobby unlike W hotels.

    + FREE WIFI!

    + The staff are down to Earth, regular people just like you and sometimes me.

    + Car service and cab service... always available and mighty prompt.

    + They didn't actually 'touck' our #GrowHorse. In fact, they 'touck' care of him and returned him after a proper incubation period behind the scenes.

    If I'm in MinnieApple again, I hope I have the good fortune to be able to stay here again.

    20/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    75. Linda C.
    When I arrived at the Aloft, my stay seemed so promising!  With it's modern decor, friendly staff, and seemingly solid "bang for your buck" rates, I was looking forward to a weekend here with my girlfriends.  To make a long story short, I booked three rooms here for twelve of my girlfriends who were in town for another friend's beautiful wedding at the Mill City Museum (two blocks away).

    The Good: The location, just steps away from the Vikings Stadium, the train, the Mill City Museum, and the Mississippi River.  It was a beautiful area with bikes you can rent by the hour, a great running trail, and beautiful scenery set against the river.  Decor was modern and minimalist.  There were complimentary water bottles in the rooms each day when they reset the rooms.  They provided Bliss products.  The staff was helpful for the most part.

    The Bad: All the spaces were generally small and compact.  The Bliss products were not travel bottles, but were dispensers attached to the shower.  The staff was unfriendly to a handful of my friends.  And, WORST of all, both the shower AND the toilet were nonfunctional.  

    The toilet would NOT flush properly and would just threaten to overflow, then slowly retreat, the ENTIRE time we stayed at the Aloft.  This continued even after we requested maintenance and someone "fixed" the toilet.  With four of us staying in the room and no resolution, you can imagine this was not pleasant.

    Additionally, the shower leaked and soaked the entire bathroom floor no matter how quickly we tried to shower.  This could not even be remedied by the piles of towels we had on the floor.

    Overall, this place needs some work.  But really, they need to provide functional plumbing to all paying patrons.

    10/10/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    76. Marie C.
    The Aloft is a fun concept from W/Starwood. It really is an attractive place, and reasonably priced. I love the way the rooms are set up - sort of more apartment like and cubic.

    Pluses:
    Since I am a noise needing person to sleep - I prefer hotel rooms where your television is right in front of your bed and you don't have to crane your neck or move to watch it - which the Aloft has
    Bliss products
    Free wifi - Starwood typically will charge for internet so its a nice perk
    Parking in the ramp next door is super cheap! 7 bucks for 24 hours
    The little market (reFuel I believe is its name)
    Wxyz, the bar is accommodating and has good drinks
    Outlets everywhere!

    Minuses:
    It was probably just my room, but the phone kept making random noises throughout the night. I actually ended up unplugging it
    The beds are pretty hard. Not at all comparable to the Heavenly bed from Westin
    I got placed right by the elevator, so I got to wake up to clowns screaming/laughing several times during the night

    Otherwise, definitely worth checking out - the rates alone are enough of a reason.

    24/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    77. Sarah S.
    What a great hotel! Staying with our dog and not charging us extra always gets high marks.
    Room was spacious, modern, clean, and had just the right amount of amenities. Location was great- and the shuttle driving you within 5 miles of the hotel was another bonus.
    Would absolutely recommend and return to next time in MPLS.

    18/11/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    78. Cliff O.
    My wife and I stayed three nights recently at the Aloft. Overall, we were disappointed. The room was very small which I had read about in other reviews so we were not taht suprised.

    There was no dresser. Only a couple small shelves to lay out folded clothes. There were a total of 5 coat hangers. We were attending a wedding and 5 hangers was not enough. The bed was on the hard side and not very comfortable. The ONLY ice machine in the 5 story hotel is on the first floor. I guess the assumption is that guests do not use ice or they enjoy walking and elevator rides.

    The sliding mirror door diving the sink and the toilet/shower area did not slide into the channel properly. Housekeeping did not leave us a bathmat one day. We called in the morning taht we needed one and waited--and waited--and waited. We called again and they said one would be "right up". We waited and waited--no bath mat. This hotel does not give you "extra" towels" so my wife had to run across a wet tile floor to get to dry carpet. The bathmat FINALLY arrived--45 minutes after the first call.

    The worst problem was a safety issue regarding the three way switch just inside the door. This switch worked sporatically during our visit. Sometines it worked, sometimes not at all and sometimes you would get a flickering problem in the entire room. The wiring to this wall swtich is defective and constitutes a major fire hazard.

    All in all, we were happy to leave.

    Cliff

    20/08/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    79. Nicha K.
    I walked in to this modern hotel and caught a whiff of some citrus-y air freshener. There was a cute bar to the right, concierges to the left and a few ipads in the middle. To the way left there was a little convenience store (sort of) with breakfast goodies for the early morning.

    Staff was very friendly. They even offered free shuttle service to the surrounding area (I definitely used this service a few times to get to dinner and back and for my office meetings). Free wi-fi everywhere.

    The rooms were clean and spacious. Fabulous amenities (bliss products!).

    Happy as a clam!

    25/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    80. Bob B.
    Stayed here while playing a show in St Paul. This hotel makes me happy. Very comfortable beds, good food for sale in the lobby, a pool table, bar stays open past 9(!), free wifi, brilliant indoor pool, gym, and euro style rooms. And the staff was cool. The only set back for us was they have no parking for a van & trailer. But the reasonable rates more than made up for it.

    23/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    81. Sarah H.
    Very small room. The heater only worked half the time, and blew out cold air for the remainder of the time. Room key stopped working multiple times. Have to pay for parking. Housekeeper didn't change the sheets when she came in to clean the room.

    Overall, very disappointed and would not recommend this place to anyone.

    24/11/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    82. Stephanie R.
    We were semi-regulars at Aloft Milwaukee a couple years ago, and seeing that there was an Aloft in Minneapolis while on vacation, I booked a room.
    Same good deal on the room, same pet-friendly policy, same good entertainment options on site, same stylin' lodging. Much cheaper parking.
    Aloft Minneapolis was quite friendly, and we even spent some time hanging on the patio on a beautiful night.
    There aren't a ton of options as far as restaurants/shopping within walking distance, but there is a bar with good burgers (Grumpy's) and another spot I would have liked to try for dining, which made a great drink stop (Maxwell's American Pub).

    10/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    83. james b.
    This is the second ALoft I've experienced, and I'm a fan. I like the modern vibe. Nice service , a (small( room that's not the kind of cookie cutter room you find at the other chains. Interesting neighborhood. Only down side is very limited (and not free) parking in the building. But we'll definitely use it again when visiting the Twin Cities. Oh yeah, a good rate if you pre-pay.

    28/02/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    84. Ruta Z.
    It was a fun girls weekend super cheap.

    04/11/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    85. Kelly S.
    Booked a last minute Valentines weekend at the Aloft in hopes of pampering ourselves a little. Unfortunately this is more of a bare bones hotel seriously lacking in the service department.

    The pros: The styling of the building & rooms is well done & the right on Washington downtown location is great (we had a nice view of the skyline & halfway demolished metrodome from the 5th floor windows). The king bed was clean & comfortable with quality linens & extra pillows brought up to our room upon request. The wi-fi was fast & easy to access, as stated. The gym was small but the equiptment was state of the art, which a nice bicycle, free weights, ellipticals & treadmills. The Bliss products in pumps in the shower were also a nice touch.

    The cons: Where do I begin... The parking situation is not as was described on the website or over the phone when I called to ask about it a few hours before we checked in. They stated that for a $15 flat fee you can park in covered parking with unlimited entries and exits per 24 period. This sounded reasonable. However upon our arrival the back uncovered lot where you're supposed to be able to temporarily park to unload your luggage was jam packed. When we went inside they told us to park in the Guthrie parking ramp, which was more expensive & didn't offer ins/outs. When we pressed for the $15 parking deal they informed us that was sold out. We were forced to park on the street at a meter & wake up early to move our car in the morning (NOT what we had in mind for a relaxing getaway). The second night we scored one of the FOUR spots that they sell for $15, no wonder it's typically sold out. False advertising.

    As another yelp'er stated, the heater was disfunctional, blowing out cold air a lot of the time & continuously turning itself off & back on again. We had to unplug it.

    The staff at the front desk was not welcoming, at all. or professional. I was told I was "not allowed" to check in because the reservation was under my husband's name. He couldn't come to the desk because he had no where to pull over our vehicle! I couldn't trade places with him because, being that I am 5 months pregnant, I couldn't carry our luggage in. This was extremely frustrating & the hotel offered no suggestions or assistance. I was forced to guard our luggage outside in the cold while my husband found his own parking, trekked back to the hotel & checked us in.

    My husband decided to treat me to an in-room massage for Valentines Day. He asked the hotel to set this up. They sent a massage therapist up to our room. Unfortunately the massage table she brought did not really fit in the room (they are very small). She was barely able to walk between the bed & the table, which may have contributed to the very sub-par massage I received from her. She did not bring music & the lotion she used smelled like someone's grandma's stale rose scented perfume. Her hands were ice cold the majority of the hour long session & though I insisted that I was not cold she draped me with a wool blanket that she brought & then laid her own winter coat over me towards the end of the massage!!! The last 5-10 minutes involved her pressing on my legs through these layers. WHAT?!? I found this unsanitary, creepy & generally just extremely odd. I can't help but think that Aloft does not screen the massage therapists that they utilize, as this was by far the weirdest, most inadequate massage I have received among the many dozens I have had in my life.

    Lastly we stopped by the desk on our way to dinner our second night to request that our room be serviced. The cleaning staff had stopped earlier that day JUST as my massage was beginning & I asked them to come back in an hour. When we spoke to the desk we were told that the cleaning staff was gone for the day, but "what did we want?" Again, unprofessional. They always seemed annoyed with us when we approached them. What we wanted was for someone to come take the stale rose-smelling sheets out of our room, empty our full trash cans, make our bed & maybe give 2 clean towels. We decided it wasn't worth trying to spell that out for them & walked away defeated. After dinner we tossed our dirty laundry into the hallway, made our own bed & cleaned our own room.

    Wait, why did we pay several hundred dollars to stay here again? The main things we hoped to receive were not provided, thus the failing grade for Aloft. I don't feel our expectations were too high - we were just hoping to be able to pull up to a hotel, feel welcomed, park securely for a reasonable fee, receive a professional massage & have someone come make up our bed for us. Needless to say, we will NOT be frequenting this hotel in the future & would recommend you look elsewhere as well if your expectations are similar.

    24/02/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    86. Brian D.
    I have been staying here the past 5 Holiday seasons. Super close to my parents place. Almost a 4 star but not quite. Small things need attention but overall I am happy to stay here.

    23/12/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    87. R P.
    Was in town for business and I'm a Starwood guy so I chose the Aloft to spend a couple of days at while working in town.

    Checked in like 1am on a frigging -20 below night.  When I walked in the door the person behind the desk knew my name and welcomed me (I was the last last guy checking in for the night)

    I've stayed at one other Aloft in Phoenix and both of these properties are EXACTLY the same.  Floor plan, pillows, showers, sinks, etc. etc.

    If you've never experienced a Aloft they are funky cool places to check out.  I would say their like a mini-W but have their own vibe.  

    Negatives -(and these are very small)

    A lot of these are the consistent with the other Alofts I've stayed at BTW

    - Uncomfortable pillows -

    - No full service restaurant

    - Only a few walk-able restaurants from the hotel but at -10/-20 below I wasn't walking anywhere

    - its a few blocks from the hamster trails that connect the buildings - and where I was working so I had to cab it over and back every day vs walking to work.  Not a big deal at all but worth noting.  

    Pluses -

    - Funky cool furnishings

    - All local beers on tap!  Awesome!

    - HDMI connector box on desk so you can plug your computer into it and it will show up on the big screen TV - great for netflix, etc.

    - A Starwood property so you know exactly what to expect.

    18/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    88. Sid B.
    Clean. Safe. Great places to eat around. Good size gym and close to everything. Compared to other Alofts/SPG properties the shower pressure was very low. The bar service is great.

    11/12/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    89. Sara S.
    Pros: Nice bedding (a little firm), great lobby and central amenities including a bar, and shuffleboard and a indoor pool.  Walking distance from stuff and things.  Very on point staff.

    Cons:  Not nearly enough internet bandwidth to support a full hotel of techie types.  Towels scratchy and no robe.  Weird light setup means you can't have lights on over bed without bathroom light on, and there's a glass pane that lets bathroom light to the rest of the room.  No tub only shower, and yes the sliding door is not preferred if sharing a room.  TVs (mine and co workers) don't consistently turn on with video, sometimes just audio.  Road noise on 2nd floor facing Washington is terrible at night.  Oh and you're an anti scent person, don't set foot in the door.  The air freshener/soaps etc are STRONG.

    Happy work paid the 200$/night.  Might try an aloft somewhere else, but not this one again if I had the choice.

    21/10/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    90. Jennifer S.
    This is my second time staying at the aloft Minneapolis and the second time was just as good as the first.  The hotel is in a convenient location, providing a consistent experience of comfortable rooms and friendly staff.  No complaints about this great hotel!

    13/10/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    91. Gabriel D.
    I enjoyed this hotel. Much better then the others I have stayed in past years in this area. Stones throw away from major spots or event centers and nice rooms with products in them catering to people that want more natural feel in their hotel stay. I will most def seek out this location again in coming years

    28/10/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    92. Austin T.
    My stay here was affordable and pleasant. This hotel featured the best customer service I've ever observed in this industry, and I've traveled quite a bit. The staff always went above and beyond to make sure we were enjoying our stay. I've grown accustomed to AirBnB stays while traveling. It was really refreshing to see a hotel chain that's still doing it right.

    12/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    93. Holly R.
    Loved my stay at Aloft! It's trendy without being pretentious.

    My boyfriend and I stayed here for one night and I wished we could have stayed longer. Check in was crazy fast - it was like "what's your name? Here's your room key." Boom. Awesome.

    The room was small but well designed for the space. The large windows help to make the room feel bigger. I was a little surprised to see a wall air conditioner/heater since it's not an old hotel but maybe since it's an old building that's what they could do? Whatever. The bed was super comfy and the hotel was quiet. We never heard a peep outside our room and slept really well.

    I liked the Bliss products in the bathroom too.

    We walked by the pool and it's tiny, but this is Minneapolis so I wasn't expecting a big pool scene.

    You do have to pay for parking. We parked across the street and it was only $8 for the night. Considering hotels in other parts of downtown can charge over $30 I'd say that's a steal.

    I would definitely stay at Aloft again.

    15/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    94. John C.
    Great Hotel, modern, friendly people. I forgot the HDMI cable but with a $20 deposit they were able to provide one. Media box in room for hook up of HDMI to TV, play music as well as to recharge most anything. Awesome assortment of beers to choose from but with my poor eye site they were too high to read, I asked the bartender for a list but she didn't have one so I bought one from the tap. Robes in the room would be nice. A later checkout and free breakfast also would be nice but over all great hotel with Car2Go's available all around. Book'd through priceline's mystery special and got a great deal...

    12/05/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    95. Ka Ying V.
    I am ALWAYS having trouble with incorrect reservations, billing that is done without notifying us (we have to scramble to reconcile our CCs after this happens), billing that is unclear, or in the most recent case: sending emails to the wrong address (she added whole other word to my email address and so I never received it).  Emails don't get answered immediately AND when they do, sometimes there's no subject line which is unprofessional and potentially confusing.  

    We use this place because it's nice enough and very close to our company... and that's the only reason we keep using it, the lack of competitors in the neighborhood.  

    Not sure what is going on.  Understaffed and undertrained? All the quirky "fun" language they force the staff to employ doesn't make up for the quality of employees in the first place.

    19/12/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    96. Catherine H.
    This is more of a 4.5 star rating.

    I really had a great experience at this hotel. It's in a great area in Minneapolis and the people that work here are WONDERFUL. We stayed for a wedding weekend and the staff were friendly, accomodated our early check in, and made a great place for the party.

    The reason I took off a star, is because the bed was more or less comfortable, and I hate the box frame (mainly because I ran into it and it bruised me). The food downstairs (premade sandwiches) aren't very good and are relatively expensive.

    That being said, I really enjoyed the staff and the experience in general.

    16/02/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0