A Peek Inside Downtown Minneapolis’ Newest Boutique Hotel
The building which now houses the contemporary LuMINN Hotel, which opened last year in downtown Minneapolis, was built in 1914 as the original historic Federal Plaza building and also formerly sat vacant. After its foreclosure in 2010, an article in Minneapolis’ Star Tribune reports the building garnered interest as a possible cinema, office space and more before the proprietors of the LuMINN saw the potential of the space.
The boutique-style, 55-room establishment retains the building’s original elegance and history. Crafted with modern architecture and amenities, every room is equipped with an iPad that allows guests to control room functions, make requests of concierge, read the newspaper, check the weather and more.
Walking in, you’ll likely be greeted by upbeat manager Brennen Powley, who will walk you through everything from local sites to how to use the light rail. It’s also likely he’ll offer you a drink, which you can savor at the bar in the M Lounge or take up to your room. The rooms feel more like mini-condos than hotel rooms, as each is equipped with a kitchenette and full-size refrigerator.
The hotel is also right around the corner from the Government Plaza stop on the light rail, which leads directly to, and from, the airport for $2 per trip. The Minnesota Vikings’ U.S. Bank Stadium is also nearby, as well as the beautiful and walkable Stone Arch Bridge, which crosses directly over the Mississippi River. Walking across, you can also see the historical remnants of an old grain mill. “You hear this from a lot of hotels, but at The LuMINN we really do make an effort to treat our guests like family, with larger-than-life style, staff and services,” says Powley.
LuMINN Hotel Minneapolis
219 South 4th St.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55403
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Cover image courtesy of the LuMINN Hotel.