Minneapolis Gets a Touch of NYC with the Chambers Hotel
Could Minneapolis be a new hotspot? Normally, we wouldn't think so but with the opening two weeks ago of the Chambers Minneapolis, a sister hotel to the New York City location, we're starting to rethink our position on this. Perhaps Target Headquarters is really changing the city.
The hotel is calling itself a luxury art hotel, having employed the NYC architecture firm the Rockwell Group and the celebrity "art of food" chef Jean Georges. There is also an art collection throughout the hotel much like Gramercy Park Hotel except instead of Warhol and Picasso, the hotel is featuring works of Damien Hirst, Rachel Whiteread and Maurizio Catalan.
Upping the art theme is the hotel's location next to the Art Institute and within the city's Hennepin Theater district.
Gridskipper reports on some of the hotel's amenities as well as when to go:
wifi, dark wood, heated floors, tiled bathrooms, and a restaurant by some expansionist NY chef done good (in this case Jean-George Vongerichten). The floors come heated, the view comes crammed with architecture (Minneapolis is home to work by Frank Gehry, Cesar Pelli, Michael Graves and Herzog & de Meuron among others), and the hotel's sixty rooms start at $450 a pop. But if you must go, then go soon: now through December, travelers to the Twin Cities can enjoy a Grand Opening rate, (king studios from $225).
However, there's no way of booking online so you do have to actually call the hotel to get a room. Don't worry, they are really friendly. We spoke with them today and it looks like King Studios are booked up most weekends but the Deluxe studios are going for $240 a night.
And like Gridskipper, we recommend you go sooner rather than later but that's just because we wouldn't be caught dead in Minneapolis in the dead of winter.