Business travelers know the layout of a Hampton Inn or a Hyatt Place like the back of our hands, we stay at them so often. Nothing makes an impression on a valued client like upgrading their home on the road to an unexpected standard of luxury.
Loews Minneapolis Hotel
If your client is a rock star (literal or otherwise), sequester them in the Concert Suite. On the 21st floor, the 2,000-square-foot suite includes a celebrity-sized bedroom, full bar, living room, dining room and workout room. With a grand piano and glittering views of downtown, it’s a distinctive backdrop for under-the-radar album launches and other gatherings. Should your client require a refrigerator stocked with MoÃ«t & Chandon, or cold-pressed kale juice at 7 a.m., the VIP manager will happily oblige. The executive corner rooms offer similarly striking views without the penthouse prices. 601 First Ave. N., Mpls., 612-677-1100, loewshotels.com
W Minneapolis—The Foshay
For a high glamour quotient, W Minneapolis—The Foshay is just what the publicist ordered. After a nightcap at the very Instagrammable Prohibition, your client will happily retire to the Extreme Wow Suite. On floor 26 of the city’s first skyscraper, the 1,700-square-foot space includes two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room with a fireplace and wet bar, and a dining room. The signature Whatever/Whenever service can indulge virtually any whim (as long as it’s legal), including an after-hours North Loop shopping spree or a slice of Tuxedo cheesecake from Keys CafÃ© downstairs. The smaller Cool Corner rooms offer the same style and service at more down-to-earth prices. 821 Marquette Ave., Mpls., 612-215-3700, wminneapolishotel.com
For clients who are coming to town on a top-secret mission, the Burbank-Livingston-Griggs Mansion at 432 Summit offers turn-of-the-century privacy and luxury. Perched high on the bluff overlooking downtown St. Paul, the Italianate manse was the first home built on the avenue in 1863. Behind the imposing limestone faÃ§ade, protected by 24-hour security, your client will find interiors designed by Minnesota architects Clarence Johnson and Edwin Lundie, with hand-carved mahogany woodwork, 17th-century paintings from Venice, and other treasures. Living quarters include a 4,500-square-foot suite, a 1,200-square-foot suite and a 2,600-square-foot suite. Feasts and other repasts are prepared by a private chef and served in the dining room, or for a change of scenery, meals can be taken at the University Club next door. For smaller initiatives, the Carriage House, a two-bedroom apartment with a fireplace and views of St. Paul’s skyline, is also available. 432 Summit Ave., St. Paul, 651-222-1751, universityclubofstpaul.com
The Saint Paul Hotel
For clients who favor bespoke suits, handmade shoes and other rules of civility, the Saint Paul Hotel is the right address. Built in 1910, it has welcomed a long list of celebrities including Lawrence Welk, Gene Autry, John F. Kennedy Jr., and contemporary A-listers who prefer to use the private entrance. While the original penthouse became a private residence in 2010, your client will be comfortably ensconced in the Ordway Suite, which includes a bedroom with an elegant four-poster bed, one-and-a-half bathrooms, a parlor and a living area with a wet bar. The impeccably trained staff will fulfill virtually any request, from front-row seats at the Ordway to a dram of exceedingly rare Macallan 55 in a crystal tumbler, followed by a 30-ounce bone-in rib eye served on a silver tray with fresh horseradish and St. Paul’s most sublime hash browns. Should your client require less living space, the deluxe guestrooms overlooking Rice Park are perfectly lovely. 350 Market St., St. Paul, 651-292-9292, saintpaulhotel.com