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The Radisson Plaza Hotel Minneapolis has few flaws. Reviews are great, in fact. Out of towners love its comfort, reliability, cleanliness, and proximity to downtown attractions. Locals love the in-house FireLake Grill and lobby bar. So far, so good, right? Of course, there's a but...
There's one complaint that we see pop up now and then from guests--it's that the hotel's service can be impersonal at times and that it just doesn't sparkle the way they envisioned a 4-star hotel should.
Well, we think we can consider that problem officially solved. Last week, Radisson announced the property will be converted into a Radisson Blu, meaning if the hotel is considered "upscale" now, it will soon be "upper-upscale." Basically, more Ps and Qs, and maybe a white glove or two.
You can pretend like you didn't know today is "Tax Day" (shout out to extended filers!), or you can celebrate April 15th knowing your return is safely out the door. Perhaps you're one of those lucky peeps who've already filed and getting a refund, too! But let's not turn our backs on some of us who might need solace as they make out a check to Uncle Sam (stop staring at us!).
So, to cover both sets of folks, there are a few hotels ready to celebrate or commiserate "Tax Day" with you.
Here are our 3 faves.
The Grant Grill, US Grant Hotel, San Diego is a pretty pricey place (US presidents and their wives come here for a reason!) so for those who will be giving instead of receiving from the IRS, the hotel is generously reducing its new Raw Cocktail menu for a grand $4.15 per drink! Regularly priced at $12 each, these new craft cocktails--two are named the "New Apple Martini" and "The Melon Ball" are cute spin on classic drinks, both using the fresh, pressed juice of the entire fruit. BTW, those who are getting a sweet government-endorsed check? Buy a round (or two!) for your newly broke-ass friends! It's the right thing to do.
We co-sign the "Suite Tax Relief” package at The Grand Hotel Minneapolis, simply because you lucky ducks need a place to spend that refund, the enormous Mall of America is near this downtown hotel, and you'll have a blast with that new bank to spend. The hotel is offering a deluxe room (with no room tax added!), free Payday, 100 Grand and Sugar Daddy candy bars (how cute is that?) and a late check-out from your shopping hangover. Sweet! Package rates start at $149, and are available now through Memorial Day (blackout dates apply). Book at www.grandhotelminneapolis.com or call 800-Kimpton and mention rate code PTAX.
Perhaps we're just projecting our own sitches here, but we think there are many of us in the "filing late/owing" category. Yes? That's why we completely dig the “No Taxation Without Libations” deal at Chicago's Hotel Allegro. After you've cried, pleaded, promised a new attitude for next year's filing (you know, that filthy lie you always tell yourself) and then surrendered to a soon-come battle with the IRS, go on and head to this downtown boutique hotel for a good sleep and some dranks before you sign up for overtime shifts tomorrow to pay off that impending tax bill. The Allegro's package includes a night in a deluxe room and two cocktails and an appetizer for $10.40 (get it?!) at the Encore Liquid Lounge. We suggest you get a protein-heavy appetizer, because Ramen noodles dinners may be in your future after tonight. Package starts at $179 and is available through May 31st (for you late filers). Book online at www.allegrochicago.com or call 800-Kimpton and mention rate code TD1040.
[Photo: JW Wood Realty]
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Craving “Swans a Swimming” this holiday season? Well you’re in luck, as we’ve found eight Embassy Suites Hotels that feature mated pairs of Royal Swans swimming year-round in their atrium lobbies.
Real live swans? Yes! At first glance, their serenity is surprising—after all, they’re being kept in captivity. Yet these swans are happily coupled up and swimming to-and-fro in their lobby ponds without a care in the world. In fact, most of the day, they’re sleeping. With all that peace, elegance, and togetherness (they mate for life)--perhaps married couples should take notes!
We take a sweet look at the animal love stories:
We talked about it two years ago, and now it's finally happening! When the 500-room Radisson Blu Mall of America opens next spring (anticipated March 2013), it will be the only hotel to offer accommodations directly connected to the ginormous Mall of America.
We know what you’re thinking: It’s like a shopper has died and gone to heaven.
And it’s true. To complement the location, the Radisson Blu will provide a shopping concierge, personal shoppers, bag pick-up services, and access to the mall's 500 specialty shops. As of now, the hotel does not have any “shopping packages” that would get guests store discounts, but we suspect that will change – and hope that it will.
When we saw how dog-friendly the Grand Hotel Minneapolis is, we were sad we didn't bring our pup with us to the Midwest. But we were traveling with our girlfriends en route to a wedding and what we did discover is that this Kimpton property downtown makes the perfect pad for a good, old-fashioned girly catch-up.
Our Queen Queen Deluxe was super spacious, and had lots of cute and comfy touches, from the chaise lounge to the signature zebra-print Kimpton robes and full-size dispensers of C.O. Bigelow toiletries in the shower.
Check out our room video and photo gallery and you'll see just how well this spread can accommodate three chicks keen on doing very little but lounging about, drinking some wine, snacking on Twizzlers and talking until the wee hours of the night.
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We don't often get to the Midwest so we get very curious about the hotels there. We were thrilled to find on a recent stay at the Grand Hotel Minneapolis that this one totally lives up to its Kimpton reputation for being dog-friendly.
It certainly helped that the day after we checked-in was 'Take Your Dog to Work Day,' which the hotel seemed intent on celebrating. The front desk staff told us they were expecting a few canine guests to check in that day as well, so there were plenty of beds, bowls and treats for them on hand.
Take a peek at our spin through the lobby and a few other spaces at The Grand, and you'll see pet-friendly touches and a pretty nice looking place for humans to hang out, too.
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It's a dream of ours to hit the road and go to NFL games all around the country--hell, we'd even go and see the Browns play the Bills. In December. So we love that Expedia helps football fans save money on last-minute trips to see their teams.
If we hadn't just returned from Miami, we'd totally be Jett-ing down there this Sunday for New York's game against the Dolphins. Who doesn't want to be there to see if Rex Ryan flips off Dolphins fans all over again?
Is the WiFi free? Does the gym have good machines? All these things get noticed when checking into a hotel, but what about the atmosphere of the placespecifically the art on the walls or on the floor? All this week, we'll be highlighting properties around the world that do their artwork right, and the specific pieces you should stare long and hard at when next you drop by.
Today: Le Meridien Chambers Minneapolis' Burnet Art Gallery.
Many months ago, a friend sent us a curious photo via text message. It was a picture of one of artist Damien Hirst's embalmed sharks, and our friend said that this piece resided at a hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It's too bad we don't have the (low-quality) image anymore, but it's obvious from this piece and the 250+ others they own, that Le Meridien Chambers was built to be on our list of Art Hotels.
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It looks like Wyndham Hotels is doing their best to gussy up their brand not just by introducing a "fashion" hotel to NYC but also by snapping up cool, independent hotels like the Graves 601 in Minneapolis.
The 255-room hotel has just joined the Wyndham family and it's official name will now be: Graves 601 Hotel, Wyndham Grand. But that seems to be the only thing that's changing here. The hotel is not undergoing any on-site changes, aside from adding "Wyndham Grand" to the signage, said Benjamin Graves, the Graves Hospitality president, in a statement:
A guest snapshot of Hotel Ivy
"You're gonnnna make it after all!" So goes the cheery theme song to Mary Tyler Moore, which gets us thinking about visiting Minneapolis just about every time we catch a rerun on television. Finally, we've stumbled across a hotel that "suddenly made [a trip]...seem worthwhile"—at least from the looks of things.
Just two years ago, Starwood opened a very, very debonair luxury hotel—the Hotel Ivy—in "the heart of downtown," as these things go. While some might think Minneapolis is all lakes and industry, the city has a very active theater and arts scene which Ivy's urbane air is aligned with. It also boasts some hefty rock star cred, given that Prince was born and bred there, so we could see being a choice hotel for touring acts.
Minnesota’s Niceguy image scarcely needs polishing, but those ever-friendly Midwesterners have gone ahead and stepped up their do-goodery once again. That’s right, Minneapolis's prairie-chic Graves 601 Hotel recently unveiled a new “Giving Room” package that helps guests give back the community without even lifting a finger.
All guests who book the “Giving Room” promo have to do is, well, pay for a standard room rate. In exchange, Graves Hospitality will donate a night of housing at a local shelter for a needy child or family, with the donation placed in the guest’s name.
Graves Hospitality is working with a local family organization called Perspectives, which works to break the cycle for at-risk families and children. Of course, there's a limited number of packages available each night, but we say kudos to Graves.
Busted. That's what happened to three party-goers at the W Minneapolis on New Year's Eve who were arrested for base-jumping 32 stories off the Foshay Tower, the 80-year-old building which houses the W Hotel.
Investigators said David Juntunen, 36, of Minneapolis and three other men took the elevator up to the 30th floor around 1 p.m. Wednesday and bought tickets to the observation deck. Officials said the men then walked up one floor higher and used a wrench to unbolt a ceiling gate. That is where police said Juntunen jumped more than 400-feet with a parachute. The group video taped the jump and left without incident.
Apparently these base-jumpers didn't know the first rule of committing a crime (if indeed base-jumping is a crime.) The trio partied in the hotel's living room bar with a laptop and were overheard bragging about the jump, even showing some video they took to other peeps at the bar. Hotel security called the police, who arrived to arrest the trio. They resisted arrest and are now cooling their heels in jail, accused of obstructing the legal process.