Location- right off of 77N, stay right, take the first right and you are in the parking lot. The Hotel is literally a 5-minute walk from Mall of America. If you prefer, this Best Western runs a shuttle to MoA regularly, but the weather was nice and we hoofed it no problem. The parking lot is large, well-lit, and encircles the building, so larger vehicles and vehicles with trailers should have no problem. The property felt secure and I was not concerned about my vehicle during my stay.
Property- this is a large, sprawling property. It could literally take you a couple minutes to walk from one end to the other, so if you have difficulty with mobility you might inquire about a room closer to the north end of the hotel where all of the amenities are.
Service- check in was seamless, staff friendly, polite, and accommodating. Lobby is clean, spacious, and updated.
Room- travelling with a business partner this time, so booked a double queen room. The room was large enough for our needs, and featured a large flat screen TV, fridge, microwave, and all of the other accessories you typically find. Best Western is still using drip coffee makers in the rooms <shudder>. The bathroom was right on the edge of being small; the combination tub/shower was similar to something you might have at home. Interestingly, and I comment on this because I have never seen this in a Best Western before, the toilet seemed to be a commercial fixture, similar to something you might see at, oh...a truck stop or restaurant? It was sparkling clean, but it seemed strange. WiFi is unsecured. No problems connecting and through-put was very good. Far as I could tell there is no provision for a cable-connect.
Sleep quality was just great. The black-out curtains worked exactly as designed, and even tho our room was on the highway side, traffic noise was minimal and not a problem. There were no noises from adjacent rooms, plumbing or otherwise, but you could hear people in the hallway if they were less than subdued (children). There were more children at this Best Western than I have ever seen at a Best Western (MoA is a "destination"), but it wasn't a problem at all.
Although we did not use it, the pool area looked fantastic! It's huge, and very oriented toward children, but wow, what a set-up. I cannot say what the water temperature was, but the air temperature in the pool are was very warm. Another reviewer observed that there were not enough towels in the pool area, but on the day of my stay there was an abundance of towels.
Breakfast was good: the hot items were warm and the cold items cold. This hotel gets a lot of play, so to speak, given it's proximity to the Mall, so the breakfast area was very busy @ 8:00 AM (I ate @ 6:00 AM when very few people were there). Powdered eggs (typical), undefinable pseudo-link sausage (typical), pretty good potatoes, less than room-temperature biscuits but pretty darn good white sausage gravy. Typical gamut of cold juices & milk (2% and skim), large tureen of warm oatmeal, typical rack of cold bagels and other breads, waffle makers, green apples, bananas etc. Overall pretty satisfying. Coffee so-so. Morning news on two flat screen TVs.
Overall this is a very nice Best Western Plus. It also happened to be the most expensive hotel I have ever stayed in (and I have stayed in a lot of them), so value is difficult to ascertain. I had a two-room King suite at a Best Western Premier (in Albuquerque, NM) that cost half as much, but given the location I sort of expected it to be expensive. Honestly, I might not stay there again as a business traveler.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Best Western Plus Bloomington Hotel is the place to stay when visiting the Twin Cities! Enjoy free deluxe continental breakfast, wonderful guestroom amenities including upgraded bedding packages, large flat-screen televisions, in-room microwave, refrigerator and coffee, and free internet to name a few. Free access to our fitness center, free parking, and free area and airport shuttle. Over 4,500 square feet of on-site meeting facilities. RedRossa Italian Grille and Bar (opening early Summer of 2011). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Days Inn Bloomington
- Days Inn Mall America
- Bloomington Days Inn
- BEST WESTERN PLUS Bloomington Hotel MN, North America