City of Lakes International Hostel
2400 Stevens Avenue S, 612-871-3210
Dorm style, 6-9 beds per room
$18.00 with student ID or passport, $20.00 otherwise. They also have Private Rooms for up to two people: $38.00 Sunday through Thursday and $42.00 Friday and Saturday.
This friendly hostel is located in an historic mansion one mile from Downtown, a mile from Uptown and across the street from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. There is a kitchen for cooking, a patio, a deck, a living room and lockers. Reservations are required. If you want a private room you must reserve it with a credit card. There is no curfew and residents have a key to their room and a key to the back door. This is a really nice/clean hostel. On the bus line. This is the only hostel that I know of in Minneapolis.
As far as uniqueness goes, The Amsterdam Hotel (828 Hennepin Ave, 800-649-9500) lies high on the measuring stick. It’s the only hotel Downtown on Hennepin, the average joe can afford it and it’s the only gay hotel in Downtown Minneapolis.
It’s basic, very basic, but if you want to be able to stumble home from any Downtown bar, you don’t get any better than this. Or spend the evening possibly watching a Mr. Leather contest in the bar downstairs, the Saloon. Dance until your hearts content until 1 am. One of the better dance venues Downtown.
The hostel is probably the best deal, but there are other options:
For those of you who think camping is a black and white TV, here’s the creme de la creme:
Hyatt (1300 Nicollet Mall, 612-370-1234) – the home of many top of the line restaurants such as Manny’s Steakhouse, and my favorite, Oceanaire.
Or try, one of the two Hilton locations; Downtown or the Airport 800-445-8667. There
are tons and tons of other options, check at the airport or in any yellow pages.