Ten years ago I was telling my comfortable but frugal uncle about a hotel where I’d recently stayed for about $100 per night. He was awe-struck at the idea of spending more than $50 for a hotel room and wanted to hear all about its supposed lavish extravagance.
I know many people still believe that $100 a night is a lot for a hotel, but only a couple of years ago, luxury hotels downtown were charging $300 a night in … Minneapolis! The economy has put a stop to that, especially on weekends. A quick online search of the high-end hotels in Minneapolis and St. Paul produced several hotels offering a $99 deal — perfect for a couple’s romantic weekend.
The St. Paul Hotel is offering $99 rooms from April 19-30, as well as all Fridays in May and select Saturdays and Sundays in May. The Grand Hotel in Minneapolis is also offering a $99 deal on weekends. The newer hotels, including the Graves 601 ($134), Chambers ($139) and the W in the Foshay ($129), haven’t quite descended to the $99 level, but not that long ago, the cheapest room at Chambers was $265.
All of the cheaper rates are for smaller rooms, but it never hurts to ask about a free upgrade at check-in.