Graves 601 Minneapolis Hotel

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Graves 601 Minneapolis Hotel

3 star

Rooms: 255

601 First Avenue North - Minneapolis - Minnesota - 55403 - United States Hotel Website | 612 677 1100
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9/10
I LOVED my room
Submitted by: Maegan Buckler in 21/06/05
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
My first night at Le Meridien Minneapolis was on the third day it had been open to the public. Although the bathrooms were not fully completed, I LOVED my room. By the second time I stayed, everything was perfect. The cleanliness and modern look of each room is wonderful. I would stay at a Le Meridien hotel on all trips, if possible!
8/10
Very high quality
Submitted by: Philip Mcdonald in 23/06/05
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
The sheets and comforter were awesome, very high quality! Right in the middle of downtown Mpls, was convient and within walking distance of many restaurants and bars.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Graves 601 Minneapolis Hotel

Okay, but not for everyone.

from A TripAdvisor Member
Stayed here 2 nights at a rate of 169 U.S. per night. (Weekend rate) Funky design, if you like that sort of thing. The plasma TV's in the room were a really nice touch. Charged $10/day for internet. Decent location across from Target Centre. Two elevator system that becomes awkward after a while. Overpriced, but not horribly so. Shower was excellent. Beds very comfy. Likely worth it, but only for the weekend rate, but definitely not otherwise. Only for people who like "cool" hotels. Might stay there again if the price was right.

Overpriced and odd

from ScreenwriterPat
Though the Graves 601 advertises hip, high tech, art, luxury, and pampering, we found little evidence of any of that that. Saturday night, the hip bar was only about half filled and the patrons were mostly older gentleman. (The pricey drinks could be part of the problem here.) The web TV at this high-tech hotel cost $12.95/day. The décor was stark with lots of brown and black and dim lights. The art consisted of photos of a woman with a burgundy scarf. Pampering apparently involved nice towels, but only two of them.

Plenty of valets willing to park our car at $28 a pop (+ tip, of course), but no one to help with the luggage. Check-in involved an elevator ride to the fourth floor and standing in a long line while one overworked desk clerk answered the constantly ringing phone and was interrupted numerous times by a coworker coming out from behind what appeared to be a wall of miniature reindeer antlers.

We booked a room on the concierge floor only to find that that there was no concierge lounge, no morning croissants, no evening refreshments... However, they did send up a coffee machine. So there we were, making coffee in the bathroom of our $200+/night luxury hotel room.

Though the beds were comfy, this was not a place for a romantic getaway as each morning we were awakened by the ringing of other people’s phones. I assume any sounds coming from our room could be heard equally well.

Directions on the web site were sketchy, mostly information on the weather and the cab fare from the airport. It took three calls to get information on which exit to use. Once the hotel operator (or perhaps it was the overworked desk clerk) connected me to their job hotline.

While the Graves 601 might appeal to those who appreciate plasma TVs in front of their toilets and complicated showers that leak water all over the floor, Castle Pretentious held little appeal for us.

cool place

from Napa_neighbor
We stayed here for a wedding. It was known as the Meridien but apparently has changed names. I was very impressed and surprised by the lavish details of this hotel. The lobbies were very sleek and modern. The room had that fantastic TV and so did the bathroom. We liked the sink in the bathroom so much, we're considering putting a similar one in our home bathroom. The nightclub on the first floor looked like it was for the very important people who dress up to impress so I had no interest in going there. The bed was very comfortable and we had a fantastic view from one of the top floor corner rooms. I think the price was high though but the service was good. I would compare it most to a W hotel.

Posh and Cozy

from bethmn
Wow! This place is one of the most comfortable and beautiful hotel rooms I have ever stayed in.
The decor was simple and interesting. The details to the room were artistic and classy. The bed...oh lord!...it was so comfortable. Like sleeping on a huge billowy white cloud. The plasma screen TV was huge and perfect for movie wacthing (you can bring your own DVDs to watch). The shower was like a human car wash. It was the perfect romantic and fun escape (I live in Minneapolis, so this was a great special occasion treat)!

The lobbies were a tad pretentious and will most likely be out of date in 5 years, but still very cool and set the mood for the whole place. 4th floor lounge is a fun place to grab drinks before or after hitting the town. (pricey drinks...$15 martinis...but great atmosphere).

Service was fabulous. Very attentive and the Le Service operators were friendly and professional with every request and question.

Nice to look at, but needs work

from PDXviajero
While the Le Meridien is an interesting hotel, the service was way off. It was so off that after a discussion with the friendly manager, we were given two nights complimentary out of the four we stayed. We found the rooms to be a bit stark and lacking in classy/comfortable accents. We arrived to the hotel after a night out to find my father's new car parked in front. The valet was going to give it to the "guest who called for it." Not cool. The rooms felt a bit barren. I used to live in Minneapolis, and paying $14 for a martini in that city just isn't worth it. Based on the responses from people, it appears that the place has improved, but i would still not stay there. Frankly, I would rather stay at the Radisson or the Hyatt.

Hip Style in Minnesota

from rogersparkchris
I had a fantastic stay at the Minneapolis Le Meridien. It is a bit more expensive than most other hotels in the neighborhood, but worth the extra cost. The front desk staff worked to give me an early check-in (930am) at no extra cost and the concierge was very helpful with several questions I had about local nightlife. The style of the rooms is very cutting edge and the bed was probably the best hotel bed I've ever stayed in, easily rivaling Westin's Heavenly Beds. If you can afford a little more, I would highly recommend treating yourself to a stay at Le Meridien next time you're in the Twin Cities.

European style, midwestern friendliness

from SkyeTraveler
The Meridien is the most stylish hotel in Minneapolis, by far. Yet even though it's part of a a European luxury chain, the service is midwestern-friendly. No attitude at all.

Its restaurant, Cosmos, is impressive. It's got a really cool vibe; but, again, the service is down-to-earth. I may have just lucked out, but the woman who served my dinner was also very knowledgeable about wine. We had an interesting conversation about pinot noir . . . I felt like I was in Sideways!

The rooms are decorated in that international "zen" style, where the colors are soothing, and the linens and toiletries are luxurious. There's a big plasma T.V. The only disappointment, if you can call it that, was the shower -- somehow, I was expecting lots of shower heads, but there was only one. Also, there's no separate soaking tub, which would have been a treat.

I stayed on the 10th floor, facing the Target Center, and I could definitely hear loud noises from one of the bars. Fortunately, the noises stopped by the time I got ready for bed. But be warned that this is a downtown hotel, and street noise can be a problem.

One downside I almost always find to these super-trendy hotels is that the lighting is way too dim! That's fine for the restaurant and bar, but must the elevator areas require you to carry your own flashlight?

These are all minor complaints, though. If I ever return to Minneapolis, I won't stay anywhere else.

Divine comfort!

from jbleenyc
Style and comfort without the attitude of a typical "boutique hotel." Not only that, you're not likely to find another hotel offering 42-inch plasma TV, luxurious linens and bedding, body jet showers (and an LCD TV) in the bathroom at a similar rate, in Minneapolis or just about any other city.

The only slight negative I experienced was some glitches in the service. For instance, a misplaced room service order that took three phone calls to the front desk to straighten out, but then the manager was attentive enough to call me and apologize and even comp the wine on my order for the inconvenience caused.

All in all, an excellent hotel. But do try to get a room in the upper floors (10 and up), because there is some street noise at night, especially on weekends, coming from the Hard Rock Cafe next to the hotel. Also, the hotel has a very popular bar and club on the first and second floor, which may mean that those staying on the lower floors may get some noise (not sure, though, since I stayed on the 14th floor, where the view was great and only soothing silence).

Wonderful - no other word for it

from Dutchbairn
Stayed at this palace for 2 nights and, if the budget permitted, would love to stay here some more. Already, when you pull up to this hotel, you are welcomed with open arms by a host of guest services people. Checking in is an expression of thanks by the hotel for your custom and any member of staff you meet on the way to your room always says hello and welcomes you to both hotel and city.
Then the room. The plasma screen is magnificent, the bathroom is also a delight and while most hotels have a bathroom phone, there cannot be many that have a TV hanging over the toilet. The sink is also made of glass and it takes you a good half-hour to realise the decadence you have become part of.
If you want to save a bit of money, eat anywhere but the hotel. The food is delicious but very expensive. Just by stepping outside and walking a few yards to the Skyway entrance, you have all you need - shops, restaurants and entertainment. In fact, you could explore a huge part of downtown Minneapolis without going outside. Target Center is right across the street for basketball and hockey fans, as well as those going to a big name concert. The light railway to the Airport and Mall of America is a block down the street as well as a lot of bars, clubs and restaurants (including the renowned Quest for all good live music).
So, for a bit of luxury, choose the Minneapolis Meridien and you will enjoy it so much, you wish you could take that plasma screen with you as well as the rest of the room.

thanksgiving weekend

from drdough
I just returned from 3 nights at the Meridan and was pretty impressed. Reservations people lowered the cost of my room when I found a better price on the web. We had Thanksgiving dinner at Cosmos and were very satisifed with the dinner and service. The rooms are great comfortable and the workout room ok. The service was very good and would stay there again

Top Local Tips for Minneapolis

Graves 601 Hotel Great hotel to stay in Minneapolis. I think it is great for people who enjoy a great night life. Due to the price of the hotel, I dont recommend it for someone who just want a nice place to stay as there are better places to stay in the Twin Cities area for a more reasonable price.

Great Restaurants are available downtown. Try the 112 Eatery. Great food/wine experience. Fogo de Chao - Carnivores dream come true, but the salad bar is a meal unto itself. Palomino - Undoubtly the best Bolognese Sauce I have encountered. A lithmus test for all to follow. Capital Grill - Calamari in MN? You bet, served with a spicy pepper relish!

Beautiful walk in Minneapolis If you love walking, you must visit the Lake Kalhoun area. It's really nice and relaxing taking a walk around the entire lake and then stopping in one of the cool cafes in the area.

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  • Address: 601 First Avenue North - Minneapolis - Minnesota - 55403 - United States
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