Minneapolis HotelsThe dozens of shiny skyscrapers are the main focal point of Minneapolis, reflected in the waters of the Mississippi which splits the city in two. Away from the urban center, Minneapolis is a sprawling city, allowing it to have many pedestrianized areas for exploring and shopping, as well as a lively cultural program. Just a short commute away there are plenty of pleasant small-towns which look particularly charming in the snowy months. Things to seeThe imposing Mall of America can be an almost religious experience for shoppers, with several floors of shops surrounding a giant rollercoaster and theme park. Enjoy big name department stores, as well as smaller boutiques, cinemas, and restaurants housed under its impressive glass domes. If that wasn’t enough, the downtown Nicollet Mall covers twelve blocks with smart, upscale stores, as well as relaxed pavement cafes and specialist market stalls. In the evenings, many locals head to Target Field to cheer on the Minnesota Twins, a Major League Baseball. There’s no need to worry about the unpredictable weather, with climate control ensuring you can enjoy a balmy evening all year round. Just across the road is the commanding Target Center where you can enjoy the chaotic atmosphere of a basketball game, or the hedonistic thrill of a packed rock concert. The city is also home to the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis campus, with the main architectural attraction on campus being the silver colored, angular Frank Gehry designed art museum. Hotels in MinneapolisMost hotels in the city center are high-rise, immaculately clean, and full of facilities for business travelers such as business centers, meeting rooms, limo and town car services, and on-site parking. There are also amenities for those on vacation to enjoy, with many rooms offering premium bedding, LCD televisions, DVD players, rainfall showerheads, and bathrobes to relax in. Those looking for cheap Minneapolis hotels will find comfortable accommodations on the outskirts of the city, just a short drive away from major attractions. These two to three star inns and motels often offer complimentary breakfasts, free parking, and rollaway beds for extra guests. Where to stayDowntown Minneapolis is a buzzing center of culture and entertainment, and the lively Hennepin Avenue is well-known for having a party atmosphere at night, with the sound of live music tempting you into various bars, and crowds lining up outside the popular nightclubs. There are also some more peaceful areas such as the waterfront, where the trees are lit up at night, and people enjoy a leisurely meal sat on the tables outside. The Bloomington - Mall of America area is peaceful and modern, with many corporate headquarters based in mid-rise buildings. Other than business travelers, this area mostly brings in tourists who want to experience the incredible mall, as it can certainly take up more than a day. Downtown St. Paul offers a pleasant, riverfront location where museums and theaters live side-by-side with glimmering skyscrapers, and in the evenings the area is buzzing with hungry locals and tourists trying to choose between the wide range of restaurants. How to get to MinneapolisMinneapolis International Airport welcomes visitors from around the globe, and you can easily hail a taxi or pick up a rental car to take you the eight miles into downtown. You can also take a bus which reaches most popular city locations within half an hour, or book a private shuttle if you have lots of luggage. The smaller St. Paul Airport deals with chartered and private flights, and in a location less than a mile from many corporate headquarters, it’s popular with business travelers. The Mall of America Station is a busy public transport hub, making it easier for visitors to visit the attraction from around Minneapolis, with transfers into the heart of the city in under 30 minutes.
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