Grand Hotel - Minneapolis

The lion in the lobby tells visitors a lot about what they can expect from the Grand Hotel Minneapolis. Reclining on a raised platform, the white marble statue looks relaxed and regal, while also seeming to invite you to hop on (I resisted the urge but at least two children I saw gave it a shot). The statue is also something of a surprise. The hotel appears modest from the outside, particularly in a city with a skyline full of high, distinctive buildings like the massive glass curtain of the IDS Tower, and the Washington Monument–inspired Foshay Tower, visible from my room.