The Concierge Knows Best

The Concierge Knows Best

Five local hotel concierges answer the most frequently asked questions from business travelers.

Brittany Newton
Grand Hotel Minneapolis
Great Place to Grab a Bite to Eat: Our own SIX15 Room, right there in the hotel, or Hell’s Kitchen, where they make a mean bloody mary, and Angel Food Bakery.
Top Pick for Dinner: La Belle Vie for their outstanding food, phenomenal custom cocktails, cozy dining room, and great lounge space.
Twin Cities Must-Sees: In the summer months, a bike ride to the sculpture garden at the Walker Art Center, home of the famous Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture. In winter, ice-skating on the pond in Loring Park, followed by a hot beverage at Dunn Brothers or Café Lurcat.
Fun Thing to Do With Only a Few Hours to Spare: A walk or a bike ride to the Mississippi River and over the Stone Arch Bridge to the restaurants and cafés on Main Street. The views of the riverfront, St. Anthony Falls, and the city skyline are one of a kind.

Danielle Lund
W Minneapolis—The Foshay
Top Pick for Dinner: Manny’s Steakhouse serves high-quality steaks cut by master butchers, seafood entrées, and wonderful salads.
Twin Cities Must-Sees: Minneapolis Segway tours by Mobile Entertainment are a fun way to learn about Minneapolis. The Foshay observation deck and museum offer an open-air, bird’s-eye view of the Twin Cities, and they’re free to guests of the hotel.
Best Place for a Drink: Prohibition, on the 27th floor of the Foshay, is a hidden gem. They have fabulous cocktails and spectacular views of downtown Minneapolis.
Best Place to Find Vegetarian and Organic Cuisine: French Meadow Bakery & Cafe in Uptown is one of my favorite spots. They’ve been serving organic and locally grown food for almost 30 years.

Nicholas Heimer
Le Méridien Chambers
Top Pick for Dinner: For a true, farm-to-table experience, my personal favorites are Bachelor Farmer or Spoon River. Ghorkha Palace in Northeast Minneapolis has the best-tasting Indian/Nepalese cuisine in town.
Twin Cities Must-Sees: The Walker Art Center is one of the best contemporary art museums in the country and through our “Unlock Art” program, guests of our hotel get free admission with their room keycard.
Fun Thing to Do With Only a Few Hours to Spare: Rent a canoe and spend the day exploring the lakes and waterways of Minneapolis.
Where to Find Unique Gifts: I Like You, located in Northeast, is a little shop with handmade goods from the creative hearts of Minneapolis’ finest artists and crafters.

Steven Gallivan
The Saint Paul Hotel
Top Picks for Dinner: The St. Paul Grill is truly one of the best spots in town. Everest on Grand serves great Tibetan and Nepali food, and Shish, near Macalester, is a wonderful Mediterranean café.
Twin Cities Must-Sees: The James. J. Hill House, the Minnesota State Capitol, and Mall of America are all iconic.
Fun Thing to Do in the Vicinity: I love the variety of mom-and-pop shops in the Mac-Groveland neighborhood.
Where to Find Raw Food: We’re happy to prepare raw food for our guests, and Ecopolitan in Minneapolis offers a 100 percent organic, raw, and vegan menu.
Where to Buy a Suit: There’s no place in the world like Heimie’s Haberdashery. Where else can you get a suit, a cigar, and a hot shave?
Where to Find Nightlife: Pazzaluna is always fun, and the new Amsterdam Bar & Hall in Lowertown is a great addition to St. Paul.

Kelly Geyer
Westin Edina Galleria
Top Picks for Dinner: Ciao Bella, Cocina del Barrio, Tavern on France, Salut, Arezzo, and Mozza Mia are all great local independents with good food and a fun ambiance. Twin Cities Must-Sees: Uptown Minneapolis, for the unique mix of stores, restaurants, bars, and the lakes.
Best Place to Run: Centennial Lakes and the Minneapolis chain of lakes. We’ll even lend you a pair of running shoes, socks, and clothing, if you forgot to pack your own. Best Places to Shop: Galleria, of course, Southdale, 50th and France, and MOA. No sales tax on clothing is a real bonus for our guests.