Minneapolis is a vibrant North American city where heritage and the modern-day meet in perfect unison. On the one hand, you have its riveting milling history, on the other, you have contemporary art and a buzzing nightlife scene. Minneapolis also has a rich abundance of green, open spaces and lakes for those seeking a retreat from urban life.
But accommodation in Minneapolis can be a little on the pricey side, so it’s good to know where to stay in Minneapolis to ensure you’re getting the best vacation for you.
Our expert travel writers have compiled this neighborhood guide on where to stay in Minneapolis, and we’re thrilled to share our 5 favorite parts of the city! Whether you want museums, nightlife or nature – our guide has the answers.
Let’s get started with the best areas to stay in Minneapolis.
Quick Tips – Where to Stay in Minneapolis
- Where to stay in Minneapolis first time – Downtown East
- Where to stay in Minneapolis on a budget – Lowry Hill
- Best area to stay in Minneapolis for nightlife – Downtown West
- Coolest place to stay in Minneapolis – The Warehouse District
- Best neighborhood in Minneapolis for families – St Louis Park
- Check out the cool sculptures in the Gold Medal Park
- Give your tastebuds a surprise with one of the creative flavors available at Izzy’s Ice Cream
- Cheer on the NFL league team Minnesota Vikings at the U.S. Bank Stadium
Looking for a specific place to stay? These are the best places to stay in Minneapolis.
Best Airbnb in Minneapolis – Charming Urban Sanctuary – 1 Queen Bed
Make your trip to Minneapolis a little quirky by staying on the only inhabited island on the Mississippi River! You get a private bathroom and are free to enjoy the rest of the house, and previous guests have applauded the awesome host. There’s lots to see and do on this island, and it’s close to Downtown.View on Airbnb
Best Affordable Hotel in Minneapolis – Best Western Plus The Normandy Inn & Suites
This is our top pick for where to stay in Minneapolis if you want to be right in the center without splashing out. There is a fabulous pool and a sauna to unwind after a busy day of exploring, as well as an on-site bar and restaurant. You can’t fault this hotel!View on Booking.com
Best Mid-range Hotel in Minneapolis – Hotel Alma Minneapolis
The Hotel Alma is a small, stylishly crafted hotel on the eastern banks of the Mississippi River which is one of our top recommendations for where to stay in Minneapolis. A delicious breakfast is included and can either be eaten in your room or in their cafe. Wi-Fi is free of charge.View on Booking.com
Quick Summary: The Best Places to Stay in Minneapolis
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Minneapolis is a huge city in Minnesota, which together with St Paul’s forms what we know as the ‘Twin Cities’. The city rests on the Mississippi River and is known for its beautiful parks and lakes as well as it’s contemporary art museums, landmark skyscrapers and heritage mill buildings.
Minneapolis is split into 11 communities which are further divided into 81 unique neighborhoods. Our Minneapolis neighborhood guide explores 5 of these, to help you decide where to stay in Minneapolis.
Downtown East is our tip for where to stay in Minneapolis for your first time. The neighborhood is full of interesting sights and where you can find plenty of hotels.
If you’re after cheaper digs, we recommend Lowry Hill for where to stay in Minneapolis on a budget. As well as lower accommodation costs, this is one of the best places to stay in Minneapolis for checking out contemporary art!
For those looking to party, choose a hotel in Downtown West. Here is where you will find an expanse of late-night dining, bars and night clubs.
The Warehouse District is the coolest place to stay in Minneapolis. You can find some great AirBnBs here whilst you soak up the vibes of this innovative neighborhood.
Minneapolis has plenty of appeal for children, and we recommend St Louis Park for where to stay in Minneapolis for families.
Minneapolis’s 5 Best Neighborhoods to Stay in
Let’s take a look at the 5 best neighborhoods to stay in Minneapolis. They’re each a little different, so make sure you choose depending on the type of experience you’re after.
Downtown East, also known as the Mill District, takes visitors back in time to the industrial era of the late 19th century, when Minneapolis was blossoming under its milling business. You can learn about its legacy and check out some really fascinating museums and ruins to learn about this.
With its location on the banks of the Mississippi River, Downtown East is a prime spot for scoring some sensational river views. There are a number of green parks to relax in, and you can find more or less any cuisine along these streets. If you’re deciding where to stay in Minneapolis for your first time, Downtown East has everything you will need!
Things to See and Do in Downtown East
– Explore the historic ruins of an old mill in the urban park, Mill Ruins Park. Don’t miss the famous ‘Gold Medal Flour’ sign
– Learn about the city’s history in the flour industry through interactive exhibits at the Mill City Museum
– Find out what’s on at the Guthrie Theatre. Even if you don’t fancy the theatre, everyone should come and check out this fascinating building!
– Give your tastebuds a surprise with one of the creative flavors available at Izzy’s Ice Cream
– Check out the cool sculptures in the Gold Medal Park
– Visit the St Anthony Falls, a former natural waterfall that has since been turned into a dam since its partial collapse in 1869
– Take a walk along the Stone Arch Bridge for views across the Mississippi River and St Anthony’s Falls
– Cheer on the NFL league team Minnesota Vikings at the U.S. Bank Stadium
Best Airbnb in Downtown East – Sophisticated 1BR Apt in Downtown East
Right in the heart of the Mill District, this stylish apartment has all the amenities of your perfect Airbnb and is a short walk to the nearby attractions and the Mississippi River. It’s light and airy, and can fit 4 guests by taking advantage of the sofa bed and mattress.View on Airbnb
Best Affordable Hotel in Downtown East – Radisson Red Minneapolis Downtown
This is our top pick for where to stay in Downtown East Minneapolis. It’s walking distance to all the top sights, nearby nightlife and has cool amenities to keep you entertained such as ping pong tables and other games. We also love the bright, fresh design style of the hotel!View on Booking.com
Best Hotel in Downtown East – Aloft Minneapolis
This contemporary, centrally located hotel has all the amenities you will need during your stay. There is a kids club for those travelling as a family, an express check-in service and funky rooms are equipped with a fridge and hot drink making facilities. There is a pool table and a swimming pool.View on Booking.com
Lowry Hills an extremely appealing neighborhood which sits within the boundaries of Calhoun-Isles and is found to the west of Downtown. It’s central enough to appease most first-time visitors as well as those looking for where to stay in Minneapolis on a budget as you can find some cheaper accommodation here.
Many of the top-rated attractions in Minneapolis are in fact found in Lowry Hill. You’ll find art galleries, casual coffee shops and plenty of green spaces to unwind in.
Things to See and Do in Lowry Hill
– Check out the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden which is home to over 50 quirky and fascinating works of modern art which have become icons of the city. Track down the Spoonbridge and Cherry, Hanh/Cock and LOVE
– Tap on a visit to the highly acclaimed Walker Art Centre for even more art
– Brave the line to get a scoop of gelato at Sebastian Joe’s Ice Cream Cafe
– Take a twirl on the indoor skating rink at the Parade Ice Garden
– Go for walk among the tree and pools at Lowry Park
– Hang out at the locals’ favorite cafe, Caffetto Coffee House
– Pick up knick-knacks and souvenirs at Patina
– Have a brew at Sisyphus Brewing, look in advance to see if they have a comedy night on whilst you’re in town
– Retreat to Kenwood Park and neighboring Lake of the Isles, which has a sprawling lake at its center
– Tuck into American eats, craft cocktails and microbrews at the legendary restaurant, The Lowry
Best Airbnb in Lowry Hill – Cozy Uptown Suite Perfectly Located
This simple but stylish private guest suite comes with its own private deck perfect for enjoying a morning cup of coffee, winding down on or working on your laptop from. There is a compact kitchen for your personal use and a private bathroom with a free-standing tub. We love it!View on Airbnb
Best Affordable Hotel in Lowry Hill – Emil’s Place
Cozy, cheerful and cheap – Emil’s Place provides homely lodging in the much sought-after Lowry Hill. Parking is available for free, as is Wi-Fi and guests can use the kitchen to cook. There’s a nice garden or verandah to chill in between local sight-seeing. Our favourite option for where to stay in Lowry Hill.View on Booking.com
Best Hotel in Lowry Hill – 300 Clifton
The homely rooms in this gorgeous mansion are conveniently located for those who want to check out all the art in the Lowry Hill neighborhood. The interiors retain their 19th-century charm and it’s a very cozy retreat from the city. Modern touches include free Wi-Fi and a hot tub for guests!View on Booking.com
Downtown West is the modern counterpart to the more historic Downtown East. This neighborhood is where you’ll find towering skyscrapers and high-rises, an expansive shopping district and some of the city’s iconic buildings.
With a pub or bar on every corner, and a thriving theater hub, Downtown West is also the best neighborhood to stay in Minneapolis for nightlife. You’ll find an offering of nightclubs and gay bars to make a night of it too. You’ll have plenty to see day and night!
Things to See and Do in Downtown West
– Find out what’s on at one of the theater within the Hennepin Theater District. The Hennepin Theatre, The Pantages, The Skyway Theatre, The State Theatre, and The Orpheum Theater are all found on Hennepin Avenue
– Check out the Bob Dylan mural on S 5th Street
– Visit the Minneapolis Central Library, a feat of modern architecture
– Find out why there’s so much hype about the acoustics at the Minnesota Orchestra hall by catching a concert
– Take a self-guided audio tour of the Minneapolis City Hall
– Spend a day on Nicollet Island, which floats in the middle of the Mississippi River
– Have a drink at The Depot Tavern which was a Greyhound bus station in its former life!
– Watch a sports game or catch live music at The Pourhouse. It opens until 2am Thurs-Sat for more of a party atmosphere
– Sample exotic Hawaiian fare at Aloha Poke Co or have sushi on the roof at CRAVE
– Shop ’til you drop at the iconic Nicollet Mall
– Eat good food, drink craft beers and make an evening of it at Hop Cat
Best Airbnb in Downtown West – Renovated 1BR Apt near the Mississippi River
Our favorite pick for where to stay in Downtown West is this modern apartment with not one, but three balconies! With these views, you don’t have to stray too far to check out the best views of Downtown Minneapolis. A coffee machine and TV with Netflix gives this a big thumbs up from us.View on Airbnb
Best Affordable Hotel in Downtown West – Hampton Inn & Suites
This contemporary, 3-star hotel provides Minneapolis accommodation to suit any type of traveller. There is valet parking available, an on-site fitness suite and a friendly reception team who can point you in the right direction for where to spend your time in the city. Breakfast is included in the rate.View on Booking.com
Best Hotel in Downtown West – AC Hotel by Marriott Minneapolis Downtown
Right in the heart of the city center, this comfortable 4-star hotel is surrounded by all the best landmarks and nightlife that Minneapolis has to offer. There is a swimming pool and modern gym available to guests as well as all the amenities you could possibly need in a hotel!View on Booking.com
The Warehouse District in the eastern pocket of the North Loop region along the banks of the Mississippi River. This vibrant neighborhood is known for its cool start-up vibe, innovative restaurants, craft breweries hip hangouts and gay nightspots. Without a doubt, it’s one of the coolest places to stay in Minneapolis.
With its riverside setting, a vast array of attractions and a couple of cheaper deals on accommodation, it’s the type of neighborhood that will appease anyone. Plus, it’s so close to neighboring Downtown.
Things to See and Do in the Warehouse District
– Root for local NBA basketball team, the Minnesota Timberwolves, in a game at the Target Centre
– Support local music acts at the Fine Line Music Cafe
– Eat some ‘New Nordic’ cuisine at the Bachelor Farmer then swing by their basement speakeasy, the Marvel Bar
– Take a day trip to Nicollet Island, which is right in the middle of the Mississippi River
– Follow the West River Parkway by bike, jogging or walking and score some scenic views of the Mississippi River
– Eat freshly caught, modern seafood at the Smack Shack
– Chuckle into your pint at the Acme Comedy Club
– Check out the edgy, industrial-esque Lab Theater for some high-octane or thought-provoking performances
– Dabble with cold brews, matcha, teas and ‘elixirs’ at Fairgrounds Craft Coffee and Tea
– Go cuckoo for clocks at the Fiorentino Cuckoo Clock Museum
– Enjoy Italian cuisine, oysters and craft cocktails at the casually minded Red Rabbit Minneapolis
Best Airbnb in the Warehouse District – Bright 1BR Apt in North Loop
This contemporary apartment is kitted out with all you need to relax in style and whip up meals when you don’t fancy eating out. There is a coffee machine, TV with Netflix and slick, simple decor. It’s walking distance to the cafes, bars and other attractions in this hip neighborhood.View on Airbnb
Best Affordable Hotel in the Warehouse District – Stay Alfred at The Paxon
This hotel is our top choice for where to stay in the Warehouse District on a budget. The hotel provides stylish apartment studios with kitchen facilities and there is an awesome outdoor pool perfect for catching some rays during the hotter seasons. Sleep well in the coolest part of Minneapolis!View on Booking.com
Best Hotel in the Warehouse District – Hewing Hotel
This gorgeous boutique hotel retains a history-chic vibe with exposed brick walls, wooden beams moody lighting and vintage touches in the decor. The outdoor pool completes the hotel, and you can hire bicycles here too. This is our definitely the coolest option for where to stay in the Warehouse District.View on Booking.com
St Louis Park is a large neighborhood to the west of Minneapolis city center. You will find heaps of open green parklands and lakes to explore if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the inner city. There are also a number of golf courses.
St Louis Park is our top pick for where to stay in Minneapolis for families. You will find some of the most affordable, family-friendly accommodation here. It’s a beautiful area to explore, whatever the season.
Things to See and Do in St Louis Park
– Explore the 15-acres of wildlife trails in the Eloise Butler Wildlife Garden (in neighboring Bryn Mayr) and check out the Quaking Bog
– Hire a kayak and take a paddle across the Brownie Lake
– Swim and hit the beaches at Cedar Lake. Explore the park by bike or on foot!
– Soak up the sun over a brew at the Utepils Brewery
– Shop or catch a movie at huge outdoor mall, The Shops at West End
– Have a family meal at the Punch Bowl Social Minneapolis
– Hike the pristine trails at Westwood Hills, where you can find a lake, forest and marshland. There’s also an educational center
– Cool down in summer at the Oak Hill Park Splash Pad water park
Best Airbnb in St Louis Park – Newly remodeled home in beautiful neighborhood
The top floor of this remodelled 1940 home is the perfect home away from home for your family. There is a double room plus a twin, with ample living quarters and a home gym with free weights and other goodies. The area is residential and quiet, with restaurants a short drive away.View on Airbnb
Best Affordable Hotel in St Louis Park – Ramada by Wyndham Minneapolis Golden Valley
The Ramada is a great budget hotel in St Louis Park, with spacious bedrooms suited to families and immaculate private bathrooms. There is a gym on-site if you want to keep on top of your exercise! Breakfast is included in the rate, and reception is open around the clock.View on Booking.com
Best Hotel in St Louis Park – TownPlace Suites Minneapolis West / St Louis Park
This 3-star, family-friendly hotel comes with an outdoor pool, Jacuzzi and sauna and is well placed for exploring St Louis Park. Rooms come with a fridge, microwave and satellite TV. Families can choose between a queen studio or two-bedroom suite. Pets are also welcome if you fancy bringing your dog along!View on Booking.com
Final Thoughts on Where to Stay in Minneapolis
Minneapolis is a city with a lot of appeal, whatever your tastes, age or traveling style. You’ve got history, art, nature and some genuinely quirky things to see and do. No day needs to be the same when you’re in Minneapolis!
To recap our Minneapolis neighborhood guide, the Warehouse District is our top pick for where to stay in Minneapolis. This trendy area has a unique atmosphere with lots to see and do, and it’s well-connected to the rest of the city. Our top hotel pick for Minneapolis is the Stay Alfred at The Paxon. With all the amenities you could need from a hotel, an awesome location – it is easily one of the coolest places to stay in Minneapolis!
We hope our guide has inspired you to make the most of your stay in Minneapolis.
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