Where to stay in Minneapolis – a travel guide to Minneapolis’ neighborhoods
Bordered to the north by the Mississippi River, downtown Minneapolis is the place to book a Minneapolis hotel if visiting the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Mill City Museum or Guthrie Theater. The glass-and-steel high-rises at the heart of downtown give way on the west to the Warehouse District, home to the glittering, neon Hennepin Avenue Theatre District. Along the downtown’s southern edge lies idylic Loring Park, perfect for morning jogs and evening strolls, and not far from the Minneapolis Convention Center. Further south lies Uptown, filled with boutique dress shops and vintage jewelery stores. Eat Street is where, not surprisingly, you’ll find everything from paneled British pubs to modest Vietnamese pho restaurants. Enclosed skyways make city walking in Downtown Minneapolis pleasant year-round, but the city is also covered by an extensive bus and light-rail network
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Downtown St. Paul
Downriver and east of Minneapolis, downtown St. Paul is known more for its 19th--century architecture and gracious residences than office towers. Located on the broad Mississippi River, hotels in Downtown St. Paul are within an easy walk of Xcel Energy Center, a conference and entertainment venue, and the impressive white dome of the Minnesota State Capitol and the Minnesota History Center. A few blocks farther west is the Summit Avenue neighborhood, lined with stately Victorian mansions and Italianate villas . American authors F. Scott Fitzgerald and Sinclair Lewis once lived here. The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and the Bloomington neighborhood lie to the southwest.
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Directly south of downtown Minneapolis and southwest of St. Paul, Bloomington is where to stay in Minneapolis for easy access to the Mall of America. More than 500 stores sell practically everything, from sporting goods to pet treats, with Nickelodeon Universe theme park at its center. An extensive bus network connects Bloomington to both Minneapolis and St. Paul, and a light-rail train transports visitors easily to nearby Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport or downtown Minneapolis.
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Southwest of Bloomington on the southern bank of the Minnesota River, residential Eagan offers a quiet break from the hustle and bustle of Downtown Minneapolis. Middle-class homes dominate Eagan, as do moderately-priced restaurants like Midwestern brew pub Granite City and local mainstay Jensen’s Supper Club, making this neighborhood especially popular among families. Shuttles run regularly between Eagan, the nearby Mall of America and the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
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East of Downtown Minneapolis, suburban Roseville lies near the University of Minnesota campus. Quiet residential neighborhoods assure a relaxing stay within easy walk of the student cafés and ethnic diners frequented by University students. Roseville is connected to Minneapolis and St. Paul by regular city bus service.
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