When visiting Minneapolis recently, I had the pleasure of staying at the Graves 601 Hotel. I must say, I have never been in such a luxurious or more comfortable hotel. From the moment you step from your car, you are greeted by one of their most friendly doormen who helps you with your bags. The front desk staff was by far one of the most helpful I have ever come in contact with. I had just had shoulder surgery and they were most gracious in helping me get ice to my room on a regular basis, which was so appreciated.
The Graves 601 Hotel
From the moment I walked into the room in the Graves 601 Hotel, I was in Heaven! This is such a majestic place to stay in Minneapolis. I love the sleek and modern furnishings, the extra large room and the view was spectacular. I could see The Target Center as well as several iconic locations on the street, including the Seventh Avenue club where greats like The Shins, Black Flag and They Might Be Giants have played. At night, the lights of the city buildings are just breath taking,which just added to my love of the view from my room. The bed is by far the most comfortable I have ever slept in and if I could have smuggled it out of my room, I certainly would have! The bathroom was like something you would see in a movie with it’s glass sink and shower with more heads than you could count! This is one of those showers you would race your husband home to jump into!
Among the amenities you can expect at the Graves 610 are:
- 24-hour room service
- Free nightly shoe shine
- Handicap accessible and connecting rooms
- High-speed Internet access
- International direct dial phone access
- Iron and ironing board
- Valet laundry service
- Stereo/Hi-Fi/CD player alarm clock
- Telephone for use by the hearing impaired
The famed Cosmos restaurant catered our breakfasts and kept us full throughout the day in the Kia Suite. This AAA Four Diamond restaurant is one of the most popular not only in Minny, but in the country. They are perfect for a night out on the town or your next business luncheon. They offer wonderful tasting menus as well as wine from their cellar, which received an Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator.
Chef John Occhiato is from coastal New England, but he moved to Minneapolis in 1995 to pursue a career in theater.
John worked in restaurants like Pronto and The Times Bar & Grill to support himself while pursuing his acting career. He soon found his primary passion was food and Occhiato applied and received Advanced Placement status at the New England Culinary Institute, graduating in 1999. John has been working in many famed local restaurants and most recently John has donned the toque as the Executive Chef of the Graves 601 Hotel.
Khanh Tran, is the talented pastry chef whose family fled from from Saigon, Vietnam in 1975. They fled the war to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where they later founded the Lotus Restaurant in 1982. Tran has worked with many talented top chefs around the country, including Barbara Tropp of China Moon Café in San Francisco and James Beard Award winner Chef Lee Hefter of Spago. This year she was a semi-finalist for the James Beard Foundation Awards for Outstanding Pastry Chef.
Graves 601 Hotel Minneapolis
601 1st Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN, 55403
Toll Free (US and Canada): 866.523.1100