Thursday, February 11, 2016

Our hotel for the Minneapolis Garden Bloggers Fling

Loews Hotel Minneapolis

For the Minneapolis Fling, we have negotiated a great group rate of $189 plus tax at the Loews Hotel in downtown Minneapolis. Each room includes the following amenities:
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • HD TV
  • iPod docking station
  • Ample outlets and USB ports
  • Kuerig K-Cup coffee maker

When you register for the Fling (registration opens Monday, Feb. 15), we'll include our Fling discount code for the hotel and reservations number or weblink to our online reservations page. This rate applies on a first-come, first-served basis, so make sure to book as soon as you receive confirmation that you've been registered.

Directions to the hotel are here. The Loews hotel is in a great location and within walking distance of a wide range of restaurants, shopping and nightlife. It's also only 1 block from the Light Rail Transit stop.

Loews Hotel Cosmos Bar and Restaurant

We have two major airports, Terminal 1-Lindbergh and Terminal 2-Humphrey so when you book your flight, you could fly in to either airport (they are right next to each other). Both airports are close to downtown Minneapolis. Our light rail system is easy and convenient, and a train ride from either airport to the transit stop next to our hotel only takes about 25 minutes. There’s also convenient public transportation that could take you to Uptown, St. Paul, the Mall of America, and other popular local attractions if you choose to extend your trip.

Loews Hotel Lobby
If you'll be driving instead of flying, the hotel offers valet parking at the following rates:
  • Overnight: $35 (includes in/out privileges) 
  • Short Term (under 4 hours): $22 
  • Long Term (over 4 hours): $27 
There are a number of self-parking options available near the hotel too – many of which are connected by skyway. We'll get you more details about nearby parking options soon.

Plus, the Loews Hotel is directly connected to our huge (and very unique) skyway system; you will definitely want to explore that! Through our skyway system, you can get to practically every building (including shopping, restaurants, bars, and popular attractions) in the heart of downtown Minneapolis without stepping foot outside!

Apothecary bar in the hotel

Construction is a way of life in any major city, and downtown Minneapolis is no exception. We are in the process of building an amazing new stadium for our Minnesota Vikings, which will be the host of the 2018 Super Bowl! The new stadium is on the other side of downtown (you'll see it if you take the Light Rail from the airport, you really can't miss it!), so we don't have to worry about that construction... but in preparation for such a BIG event, downtown Minneapolis is undergoing a major (and well overdue) facelift. It's a flurry of excitement!! But... just keep that in mind if you're going to be driving into the city.

Don't worry, this is just a teaser post. We'll have more detailed info for you coming soon! And remember to sign up to attend starting on Monday, Feb. 15!

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