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Where to stay in Minneapolis/St. Paul

Aloft Aloft sits in the shadow of a mutant IKEA, er, the Guthrie Theater, along the quiet and stunning riverfront Mill District. The loft hotel’s...

Graves 601

Aloft
Aloft sits in the shadow of a mutant IKEA, er, the Guthrie Theater, along the quiet and stunning riverfront Mill District. The loft hotel’s tenaciously cheery staff and chic furnishings answer the question of what it would be like if Dwell magazine ran a cruise ship. The rooms are minimalist Euro-chic—basin sinks, sliding bathroom doors, flat-screen TVs. Play the shuffleboard table while listening to laptop electro in the rainbow-bright lounge. Bonus: The front desk offers free shuttle service and pickup within a five-mile radius. 900 Washington Ave South (612-455-8400, alofthotels.com). $99 and up [2010].—Brent DiCrescenzo

Le Méridien Chambers Minneapolis
After a long day exploring the Walker, the Weisman or the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, art addicts can continue getting their fix at this boutique hotel where rooms are outfitted with original works by Julie Mehretu, Alec Soth and Alois Kronschlaeger, among others. In common areas, pieces by art stars such as Damien Hirst pop up. Other artful touches include the on-site Burnet Gallery and an Art-o-mat that dispenses tiny original works for $5. 901 Hennepin Ave (612-767-6900, chambersminneapolis.com). $189 and up [2010].—Martina Sheehan

Graves 601
No, boils and ghouls, the Crypt Keeper will not be your bellboy. Once you’re past that misleadingly macabre moniker (FYI, Graves is the last name of father-son owners Jim and Ben), this übermodern, minimalist downtown hotel is all sushi-house beats and Jamiroquai in the dimly lit lobby; blonde wood, etched-glass headboards and five-headed showers in the rooms; and killer old-school cocktails at Bradstreet Craftshouse Restaurant. Baseball buffs looking to catch the Twins at Target Field two blocks away should ask about packages. 601 First Ave North (612-677-1100, graves601hotel.com). $149–$350 [2010].—Jake Malooley

W Minneapolis—The Foshay
The oldest skyscraper in the city, the Foshay Tower was built in 1929 by a utilities fat cat and early pyramid schemer. Behind the concrete obelisk’s modest entry, the lobby is shadowy, mauve and a touch smarmy. A hot pink, and white-and-black-lacquer motif lends the suites a ’60s Vogue vibe. A small museum dedicated to Wilbur Foshay hides up on the 30th floor, free for guests, and another flight of stairs takes you up to the gusty, open rooftop observation deck. 821 Marquette Ave South (612-215-3700, whotels.com). $149 and up [2010].—Brent DiCrescenzo

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