The Grand Hotel, Minneapolis
This 140-room hotel has been setting the standard for luxury in Minneapolis since it opened in 2000; its 140 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 and creative cocktails at Martini Blu.
Tip: You can leave your coat behind and stay warm, even during snowstorms, thanks to direct skyway access from the hotel.
Room to Book: Twelfth-floor rooms, which feature four-poster beds and high ceilings with dental crown molding. When booking, be sure to ask about specials.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.