601 1st Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN | Directions 5540344.978801 -93.274851
Neighborhoods: Central, Warehouse District
True modern luxury – My stay at the Graves was amazing! With top notch customer service and posh atmosphere it is a jewel of the twin cities! I will return again and would recommend it to anyone! Read my review on my site - Hotelpillowtalk
amazing – We love dinning out, there is not too many places like this in MPLS, the food the service are fabulous, very expensive but its worth the $$$$, trust me!
Metropolitan Comfort – The Graves 601offers modern elegance with its chic, simple decor, and fantastic downtown location.
The rooms are good in size and very metropolitan. The beds are something out of a dream; think layers of white pillowy down atop a mattress so comfortable you won't want to leave the room. Except maybe to venture to the spa next door or one of the many restaurants and bars within walking distance.
Not to mention the Target Center and Target Field, if you feel like catching a Timberwolves or Twins game.
Valet parking is offered as well as a parking garage connected in the same building.
Whether visiting the Twin Cities or for a local weekend getaway, the Graves 601 has it all.
Phenomenal AGAIN! – We are frequent fine diners at many of the best restaurants in the Twin Cities and this is the best of the best! Its all about extremely high quality ingredients and freshness with innovation and exceptional touches! Try the lamb where they smoke a portion and serve it covered so the smoke essence is there when delivered to your table. Or the shooters that burst in your mouth. Pricing is not any higher (in fact in many cases lower) than many other downtown venues. If you Valet park (very convenient) make be sure to have it validated and then its only a $7 charge. Service and ambiance top notch. Casual - dressy. This place deserves to be packed every night!
One of the most expertly prepped meals and fantastically friendly staff in the Twin Cities – First let me say that I'm a foodie from NYC who finds my way to the TC area very often to try the great (and cheap!) food scene. I've been to Cosmos just for drinks and have tried their bar menu (the scallops with the black noodles (to DIE for), the crab cakes, and the cheese platter, all amazing) but this is my first time sitting for a meal. To be honest, Cosmos was one of the best meals I have had in the Cities. The overall experience was made perfect with the help of the Mgr (Hi Alisha!!) who realized how important this meal was for us (the youngest in our group celebrated his 21st) and quickly found us (as a walk in party of 5) a great, cozy table. The staff was very friendly, service right on, though the server was a bit stiff in the beginning he warmed up as the courses came out. The birthday boy ordered the fantastic 5 course meal, with perfectly chosen wine pairings. I was a bit envious but my meal was exceptional: Tuna tartare with a delicous avocado ice cream, the duck and foie gras entree and the baklava with the braised cherry (yum!). I also had a lychee martini, strong but very tasty. My entire meal came out to about $80, which may be pricey for some, but for a 3-course meal and two complimentary chef tasting courses (squash mouch bouche (sp?) and a lemonade raspberry "explosion") of this caliber, this meal was a total steal. Be sure not to miss the celery ravioli or the raspberry "explosion" if they offer it. And don't be silly and swallow it before biting into it or you'll miss out. Thankfully, even though our boy swallowed his and missed out, Alisha was gracious and brought him another. Again thanks to her my best friend had an amazing 21st birthday.
Serious short staffing issues, but nice decor – We called at 10PM the night prior to make a reservation, none could be made until the following morning at 10AM. (despite what their phone messages state.) She mentioned the online booking but told us to follow up with a phone call the next morning. We attempted to confirm at 10AM but only got was an answering machine. An hour later, again no live person to talk to regarding reservation confirmation. A 4th call two hours later no one was yet available in reservations. This time I had to tell them either we recieved confirmation or we would be forced to go elswhere. This time they found someone. I also specifically confirmed the exact room layout and I didn't want to run into one not being available upon our arrival, she stated there would be no problems. Upon arrival, we where given our room cards and of course it was the wrong room. After going back down to the desk she stated that we had reserved the room but staff hadn't blocked the room on the computer. After a bit of fanfare and explanation of how hard it was to even make the reservation they did attempt to accomdate me by upgrading to another room that had a Spa (After trying to convince me to take another room with a slightly more limited view then my original reservation). They then offered to show me one of the other rooms for future reference after we check out our upgraded room. After doing so, we called back down to check out the other room and they stated no room was available to show us.
Misc. cons: Heavy dust buildup on bathroom shower door holders, really yellow water (hard water I'm guessing), broken hot tub switch (the only difference in my upgraded room from a corner room), dead batteries in the chic bathroom scale, small rooms overall, Very poor staffing of the front desk.
The positives: Very comfortable beds, nice plasma TV in the main room and bathroom, nice decor, Good View of the city, nice location to light rail.
I've been to far more organized 4 star hotels in Minneapolis.
There is hope my friends – I live downtown and dine-out quite often. I have had the emulsions, the coolies, souse vide poached food, foams, froths, and the pebbles. I have become a little tainted on how good food is sometimes lost to kitchen tricks. (Interesting ingredients don't always make for wonderful dishs...)
I ended up going to Cosmos to celebrate a friends b-day. All the before mentioned words were on the menu at Cosmos. I was ready for another "interesting" dinner, and catching late-night steak tartar at 112 because I was still hungry...
All I can say is the Chef at Cosmos justifies why people like myself should still have hope. The colors! The presentation! The surpises! Yes, some of the food actually explodes! (I don't like to write with exclamation points, but I cannot help it.) Above all, the food was delicious. Care and thought went into the food. It was alchemy, dare I say, witchcraft. The items "read" challenging on the menu, but when they arrive they justify the hype.
I paid full attention to my entree.
The service was solid. They were attentive and gracious. I asked what they thought was better between two dishs. The server vividly and patiently discribed the two dishes. A friend of mine pointed out that the server had not actually recomended either dish, just talked about them. The server agreed. At first my friend was confused and thought the server was being hostile, but she realized the server was being objective and wanted us, the guest, to choose what we would like to eat. What a relief to be waited on by adults who know their product and are capable of interacting with guests.
Cosmos does what most "new american" restaurants try to; it interests, provokes, and most of all, delivers one heck of a meal.
I know I'm gushing, and I know I sound overly cynical about most other dining experiences in the Twin Cities, but that is why I am on this site right now. Cosmos really did put wind back in my dining sails.
Terrible service, snotty waiter, small portions – This was a huge disappointment. The waiter, an older gentlemen, was the rudest I've ever encountered. When my husband asked what he suggested, the tenderloin or the rib-eye, the waiter chuckled at him and said, "Well, do you want ribeye or do you want tenderloin? One is not better than the other." Mmm, ok, thanks for the tip. When I was ready for another drink, I asked to see the drink menu again...then 15 mins later he comes back and says, "You know what you want?" and before I could even answer he says, "You're not ready. You're not ready." and walks away...huh? We basically had to beg him for our drinks, and seated close to the bar, we watched them sit there for 10, 15, sometimes 20 minutes before our waiter would notice them and bring them to us. The real kicker was once he brought us our desserts, it was over 30 minutes and we were still waiting for the check, let alone 'How was everything'. Finally my husband had to get the manager so we could pay and leave. She was very apologetic, but it didn't make up for the experience. You'd get 100% better service going thru the McD's drive-thru. Cosmos will not be seeing us again.
Awesomeblueberrypancakes!! Most comfy beds ever! Best view you could ever ask for! – My significant other and I go every time one of our birthdays roll around. I would recommend a corner suite because the view is awesome. The room feels so open and seemless. The linens are very comfortable. It's like laying on a cloud; literally. The bathrooms are very fancy and modern. Room service is excellent, the staff makes you feel like royalty. The location is perfect for us because it is near all of the bars and clubs and restaurants DT. It's impossible to get bored here. The building it's in has everything you could ever need in it. You could stay the whole weekend or longer and never leave the building and never have to visit the same place twice. There are multiple restaurants and bars, a bowling alley/arcade and a spa and a movie theater. I love this hotel!!
Horrible Service – For Valentines Day my boyfriend and I made dinner reservations for 9:30. So we get down there and we are waiting in a long line to check in, well we finally get to tell them we are here and they say "It's going to be a ten to fifteen minute wait" so we are like okay fine and we turn around and one of the hostess is telling the guy behind us exactly "Sir your reservation was at 9:30 and our clock is showing 9:31, its going to be a twenty minute wait"...well hello the line was long and there were three of you at the counter with one computer!!! My boyfriend and I run back up to our room quick and come back down in 15 min later. So we sit and wait for our table and they aren't telling us anything. My boyfriend asked them a couple times when our table will be ready and they said "You are the next ones to be seated"...we waited in the waiting area for ONE HOUR AND TEN MINUTES before finally being seated!!!!! We didn't get done with dinner and back up to our room until one in the morning! The food was okay. Small portions and our waitress was kind of a snob, she would ask a question like "how do you like the food" and when my boyfriend was responding she would turn her head and be very short and walk away...dont ask a question if you can't sit and listen to the response. She had no trouble telling us about what her favorite food was and what she thought of everything.
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