Beautiful Spaces: Minneapolis Warehouse District

Aug 02, 2013    /    things i like

As you might already know, somewhere in the middle of my Mexico adventures, I took a series of flights up to Minneapolis, Minnesota for my all-time favorite conference for a fabulous half-week of content strategy talk, networking, catching up with old friends, and exploring just a teensy bit more of Minneapolis.

Because the conference is downtown and I hate renting cars, myself and a lovely friend decided to rent an Airbnb space in the Warehouse District – an up-and-coming area full of restaurants and bars and brick buildings. It actually reminds me a little of downtown Denver, which made me nostalgic and happy.

Here’s the scoop on our lofty one-bedroom rental:

The space was really pretty and well decorated. I loved the style of the apartment and the furniture. I also loved the location, just a few minutes walking distance from Nicolette Mall (the main downtown drag). It also had great water pressure, a washer-dryer, a large tub, and tall windows in the living room that filled the space with morning sunlight. The building was also quiet and well-kept.

Unfortunately, when we arrived there were a few key things missing from the space, the biggest being cleaning supplies. Now, this wouldn’t have been an issue, except that the apartment wasn’t clean when we got there. It was dusty and had some pet dander on the couch, some dishes had stuck-on food, and the counters needed a serious wipe-down. So, not having cleaning supplies or a clean place to live – that was a bit of a bummer and my roomie (who arrived a day before me) spent her first few hours buying things at Target and giving the apartment a quick scrub.

The apartment was also mysteriously missing basic kitchenwares, including mugs and pots. Though it did have a full bar and shot glasses (I guess we just skip the basics and go straight to the booze).

That said, the landlord was open to feedback and hopefully will take our comments to heart, making sure that the next visitors have mugs, pots, and a clean place to stay. And if she does all that, it’ll be a really lovely rental indeed.

Interested in renting the space? You can find it on Airbnb.

A big thanks to Nancy (the landlord) for offering us a discount in exchange for this review. As always, all opinions are my own and I’m giving you guys the whole scoop – the wonderful, the good, and the man-I-wish-the-dishes-were-clean. 

Planning a trip to Europe? You can see all the beautiful spaces I’ve stayed in here.

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  • Gary
    August 5, 2013


    I have used Airbnb and find it a great service and it is encouraging to find a landlord willing to accept constructive criticism.
    Hope the conference went well for you.

    cheers Gary
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    • gigigriffis
      December 4, 2013

      Agreed. I always like it when landlords ask for suggestions. So lovely and professional.

  • Angie
    December 4, 2013

    I love the simplicity of the space, but with the pops of color! Minimalism allows you to enjoy the simple things, like a green wall. Beautiful.

    • gigigriffis
      December 4, 2013

      Very true.

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