Hotel Ivy Minneapolis, Minnesota – Review

By Jesse Sokolow on 26 July 2016
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These pages have seen reviews of hotels that formerly had been monasteries, post offices, and army barracks, so it stands to reason that, eventually, one of us would check into what had been a church, or at least a building built with that purpose in mind.

Recently, I checked into the Hotel Ivy Minneapolis, a Mesopotamian Ziggurat style tower erected in 1930 as part of the Second Church of Christ Scientist. The plan called for the structure to be the first of four towers surrounding a church building, a plan that was ultimately abandoned, leaving only the one tower completed.

A newer tower was added to the hotel, a Starwood Luxury Collection property, in the summer of 2008, and the complex now houses 136 guestrooms and 70 residential units. It is located downtown, approximately a ten minute walk from the city’s bustling Nicollet Mall.

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Upon arrival, I was shown to the front desk, where I engaged in a lively discussion with the receptionist about Minneapolis’ Northern Spark, an annual all-night light and art festival, which he strongly suggested I attend that night. It was conveniently taking place one block away and some of the exhibits were visible from my room, so I could hardly refuse.


My Superior room offered a nice view of downtown Minneapolis, and I found the modern décor, done in shades of gray, to be cooling on an abnormally hot Minnesota day. The queen size bed faced a TV, which stood next to a set of double doors leading to the bathroom.

Amenities included a Keurig coffee maker, as well as a minibar full of snacks and drinks. A welcome amenity, a cheese and fruit platter, was delivered shortly after my arrival.

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