The Marquette, MinneapolisHaving recently re-achieved my long languishing Diamond status at Hilton Hotels, there was a property in Minneapolis I had been looking at since 2008 as a place I really wanted to review. I got a one-bedroom suite in 2021 and in 2022 the opportunity that I couldn't refuse arose with the presidential suite, which now is a double room post for the Marquette Minneapolis, and it was so worth it.
ArrivalI drove up I-35W into downtown, navigating the maze of one-way streets to Marquette Avenue, and then parked in the heated underground garage (this is worth whatever it costs when the winter temps dip to -18F).
I took the elevator from the first floor of the parking garage to the main lobby, which is on the 1st floor.
The RoomsBeing upgraded on both visits, I will start with the Premium King Suite, a very nice spacious suite next to the elevators on most floors.
Covid ServiceSo with the variability of Covid, there were nights the lobby level bar and restaurant were not open at the hotel (people sick mainly). The restaurants close by are pretty stellar also, so options exist in spades. I really liked the 801 Chophouse. Breakfast was open every day though at the Jolliet House on the 3rd floor. Buffet on weekends, individual order on weekdays.
AmenitiesThe gym, while small, has all the required items for workouts. Most people are seemingly just on the treadmills these days or yoga balls anyways. The ice "machines" are actually freezers with bags already filled for you; just take one and go. This is so cool.
SummaryListed as a 4 star hotel, it is blurring the line towards a 5 star. Such a great and restful place, but connected via the skyway to the entire city, also dead center location to everything downtown in every direction. I really enjoy staying here with service provided by the employees that was exceptional.
The suites are truly great rooms at this hotel and worth the extra cost over a regular room.