Hip Hotel room
Rooms at the Hewing Hotel are dripping with character.
OK, yes, sometimes we still feel like we have to prove the Twin Cities’ coolness to out-of-town visitors. The best new way to up any stay (even if you live here!): Book a room at one of two boutique hotels slated to open before the holidays.
Hotel Alma is the seven-room inn above Restaurant Alma (528 University Ave. SE, Mpls., restaurantalma.com) designed to extend the experience of an epic chef Alex Roberts meal into a cozy getaway filled with charm, interesting art, and a warm breakfast at the new Alma café. The hotel is scheduled to open November 11, along with the reopening of the restaurant. And in the heart of the North Loop, the Hewing Hotel (300 Washington Ave., Mpls., hewinghotel.com), opening late fall, embodies the neighborhood’s obsession with heritage by turning an 1897 warehouse into a modern destination. The rooms will look like pages out of a J.D. Salinger novel, but the rooftop Social Club (open to locals) promises to be utterly contemporary with an outdoor pool that transforms into a hot tub for year-round use, a 20-person cedar wood sauna and outdoor fireplaces, as well as a restaurant, a zinc-top cocktail bar, and a terrace boasting some of the best views of downtown. This could finally make it easier to snag a bar stool at Spoon and Stable.