Tranquil Hotel Stays Near Minnesota Waterways

Minnesota is called the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” (there are actually 11,842, to be exact). This means there’s no shortage of things to do, especially if you love the outdoors. It also means plenty of hotels to choose from near lakes and rivers. Here are five hotels in Duluth, Minneapolis, and Bloomington that offer a relaxing stay near tranquil waters.

Best Minnesota Hotels near the Waterways

Best Views of Lake Superior

The best reason to stay at Hampton Inn Duluth Canal Park is location: right on the banks of Lake Superior with spectacular waterfront views. Book a lakeside room — you won’t be disappointed. Expect the fog to roll in occasionally, but even that can be a lovely sight to behold. Hampton Inn Duluth Canal Park takes great care in running a neat hotel, and rooms are spotless. Enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast and, if you want to finish it off with an excellent cup of java, Caribou Coffee is across the street.

Best Minnesota Hotels: Lake Superior
Lake Superior: Photo Jolene / CC BY 2.0

Duluth’s Largest Full-Service Hotel

Another good option in the Duluth Downtown Waterfront area is the Holiday Inn & Suites Duluth Downtown. It’s the largest full-service hotel in Duluth and only ten minutes from Duluth International Airport. For those wanting to take a tour of the grand Glensheen Mansion built in the early 1900s, the hotel is a quick four miles away. While you won’t be situated right on the water’s edge, you can still enjoy those beautiful lake views if you book one of the lakeview rooms. Hotel amenities include two indoor pools, a whirlpool, sauna, and kids wading pool.

Run or Cycle along the Mississippi River

Aloft Minneapolis is a contemporary boutique hotel near the Mississippi River well-suited to the younger traveler. Rooms are bright and airy with nine-foot ceilings, platform beds, and extra-large windows. Grab a quick bite on the go from the snack bar Re:fuel by Aloft, and unwind with a cocktail at W XYZ bar in the evening. Aloft Minneapolis is next to Gold Medal Park and across from the Guthrie Theater. It’s a two-minute walk to the Mississippi River where cyclists will discover several great biking trails around the Old Mill and runners can enjoy a jog over nearby Stone Arch Bridge.

Stone Arch Bridge Minnesota
Stone Arch Bridge across a frozen Mississippi River

For the Business Traveler

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Downtown Minneapolis is a little further from the Mississippi River (only 1.5 miles though), but for those who need to be in the downtown area this is ideally located. It’s near several corporate offices like Target’s headquarters, Ameriprise Financial, Valspar, and Graco. This is also the closest hotel to the Convention Center and within walking distance of several restaurants and shops. Rooms are clean and, for a downtown hotel, rates are surprisingly reasonable.

Closest Hotel to Minneapolis Airport in Bloomington

Only three miles from Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport, the Hyatt Place Minneapolis Airport-South is your best option if you’re flying in and out of Minnesota quickly. For those planning on staying a few days and sightseeing, it’s also ideally located near the Mall of America and Nickelodeon Universe, Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium, and Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Long Meadow Lake and Minnesota River (a tributary of the Mississippi River) are a short distance from the hotel.

Best Minnesota Hotels: Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Image via Trover by Jim Nix

* This post is part of Hipmunk’s Boutique Hotels Campaign.

About Deevra Norling


With a love for exploring new places and trying new foods, Deevra finds the world a fascinating place. She is South African by birth but prefers to see herself as a citizen of the world. Deevra is a freelance writer who has contributed to Career Addict and Huffington Post and currently writes for Hipmunk. For more on her writing services email her at [email protected], or connect on Twitter @DeevraNorling.

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