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We first were introduced to the Nicollet Island Inn when we received a gift certificate for both room and food for a wedding gift. In turn, we loved it so much, we returned favor when they got married! We have been many times for dinners for special events. The food and service are wonderful. The building is an interesting, charming, and historic one. When we stayed the night, it was a lovely room, very comfortable with a lot of character.
I'm not a big fan of fussy B&Bs and was a little worried that this hotel would be cut from that cloth. I was wrong. The authentic vintage details create the unique vibe but don't replace modern comfort and cleanliness. The room was lovely, made you feel very elegant - sort of Downton Abbey-esque. Marble bath, high ceilings, velvet drapery and shuttered windows. King bed with high-thread count sheets and a just-right pillow top mattress. Our room came with terry robes and and comfortable couch and chair. It was quiet - city sounds are muffled and we never heard other guests. The inn is situated on a small island in the Mississippi River. You can easily walk around the residential island in a short time and feel like you're out in the country. Or cross the bridge to old Main Street and take in a movie or walk to one of the many restaurants. We continued on to the beautiful Stone Arch Bridge and walked across to go to a show at the Guthrie Theater. There are many nice hotels in Minneapolis, but none with the history and ambiance of the Nicollet Island Inn.
I spent the evening in a King Boutique room on the third floor. The room amenities were great, comfortable bed, and large nicely decorated bathroom featuring natural and organic Pharmacopia personal care products.
The exterior of the Inn is very warm with petunia baskets beneath all windows. The river location lends itself to beautiful surroundings throughout the day.
The NIcollet Island Inn is a wonderful place to stay when visiting Minneapolis. It is located within walking distance to all the main attractions while nestled on an island that is filled with walking trails, restaurants, and history. The Sunday Brunch is fabulous!
1.We had booked a package but none of the vouchers etc were in our room as promised because of an employee mistake. 2. We had been booked on the wrong much more expensive package because an employee mistake 3. The "champagne" eventually brought to our room was cava. 4. The room was old fashioned rather than old and quaint. We got stuck in the outdated bathroom twice because the door jammed. 5. The doors to the TV cupboard wouldnt stay open. We had to prop them open with chairs! 6. My wife burnt herself on the hairdryer. 7. The AC was so noisy and you cant turn it off in the room but instead must request a shutdown at reception. The AC made me ill. The old dirty windows were locked and couldnt be opened. 8. We were the only ones in the restaurant at 8pm on a Friday night. The positives: Excellent Filet Mignon and Andreas on reception worked hard to sort out the room package mess.