The Grand Hotel, Minneapolis
This 140-room hotel has been setting the standard for luxury in Minneapolis since it opened in 2000; its tastefully appointed rooms exude elegance, from the marble bathrooms and luxe sateen-striped comforters and down pillows to the expected Egyptian cotton sheets and silk and terry robes. Fitness buffs revel in the privilege of using the adjoining 58,000-square-foot Minneapolis Life Time Athletic Club and Life Spa. Pop in on a yoga, spin, or aerobic class, or work up a sweat in the indoor squash and racquetball courts or 25-meter lap pool. More sedate entertainment includes sushi at Life Time's restaurant, Rare, or shared plates of locally sourced cuisine and creative cocktails in The Grand’s lobby lounge, The SIX15 Room.