InterContinental Hotels Group has opened the 291-room InterContinental Minneapolis–St. Paul Airport, the first and only hotel connected to Minneapolis–Saint Paul Airport via skybridge. Located 20 minutes from both downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul, the 12-story property has 30,000 square feet of event space, including 12 meeting rooms and the 10,600-square-foot Passport Ballroom, with room for 800 seated or 1,500 cocktail-style.
The hotel offers three dining options: the lobby-level La Voya, a brasserie named for the French Voyageurs who brought their culinary influences to Northern Minnesota in the 18th and 19th centuries, which serves traditional French cuisine; and Bradstreet Craftshouse, a locally famous gaming-hall-style restaurant that relocated to the hotel from its previous downtown space, which offers craft cocktails and an extensive bar menu and can host private events for 175 cocktail-style; and a penthouse bar.
The hotel's third-floor skybridge connects directly to a TSA checkpoint in the airport's Concourse C, allowing hotel guests with no checked baggage to go from their guest room to their gate. Travelers not staying at the hotel (but with a long layover) can take advantage of the hotel's spa, which sells day passes.
Three More Minneapolis Options
• Another new airport hotel, the 170-room Cambria Hotel Minneapolis–Saint Paul Airport, is slated to open in 2019. The hotel, which is a 10-minute drive from the airport and within walking distance of the city's light rail, is the third Cambria property in Minneapolis, joining the Cambria Hotel Minneapolis Maple Grove and the forthcoming Cambria Hotel Downtown Minneapolis. The Cambria Hotel Minneapolis-Saint Paul Airport will be located in a mixed-use area with dining, retail and entertainment adjacent to the Mall of America. The hotel contains a fitness center, indoor pool, on-site dining and 4,000 square feet of meeting space.
The forthcoming 20,000-square-foot Quincy Hall
will feature an industrial vibe with 40-foot vaulted ceilings and natural lighting. It can accommodate 1,000 seated guests, and also offers an 8,000-square-foot patio.
• In September, the 168-room Elliot Park Hotel opened in downtown Minneapolis as part of Marriott's Autograph Collection. The property offers a 2,300-square-foot ballroom, 500-square-foot boardroom, a 400-square-foot breakout room and 2,300 square feet of pre-function space. The hotel's farm-to-table Italian restaurant, Tavola, features pizza, pasta, steak and a large wine and craft cocktails menu. Next door to the hotel is Finnegans Brew Co, a microbrewery with a 4,000-square-foot patio and a different food truck every day.
• The former Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Minneapolis reopened this summer as the 249-room Delta Hotels Minneapolis Northeast following a $14 million renovation. The first Delta hotel in Minnesota, the property contains a total of 10,241 square feet of meeting space, including the Minneapolis Ballroom, which holds up to 500 people theater-style, and six breakout rooms. The property also offers a 24-hour spa, indoor pool, free on-site parking and the all-day restaurant Twin Cities 400 Tavern.