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“Dorm not hotel” 2 of 5 stars
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University Inn
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   925 4th Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414 (University / Dinkytown)   |  
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Ranked #15 of 48 Hotels in Minneapolis
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“Dorm not hotel”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

Cons: very basic, could be cleaner, no one was there for check out in the morning (check in only until midnight), bad value (more than $100), no breakfast.

Pros: good location.

If you don't need parking (or if you don't mind to pay for it) and you won't use a kitchen this is a bad choice.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

Clean. Sort of. For an old building, the surroundings as well as inside building are clean. Parking is good. Getting inside the parking lot is a bit tricky---just a few feet away from entrance to a highway. Great Staff! Very helpful. Now the kitchen--Full-sized refrigerator. Stove top, no oven. Only cooking pan is a fry pan. No sauce pan. No cutting knives except for steak knife. No can opener. No serving dishes. Two huge plates and huge soup bowls. Places that I have gone to with "kitchen" are usually stocked with cooking supplies. For breakfast, they do offer pre-wrapped pastries that you can get from 7-11.

Now the bed. Looked clean. Look closer---there seems to be "boogers" on the cover. Eww! I think they just recycle the sheets if it "looks" clean.

Easy access to UofM. If you are going downtown, I would suggest getting a hotel downtown even for a higher price--convenience of bus and get one which offers breakfast. For this place, unless you are cooking and bring your own supplies for breakfast, it is better to get a higher priced hotel with breakfast and coffee available 24/7.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

My son and I had stayed in St. Paul one night while he visited a college there. Since we had never been to the Twin cities before, we decided to stay another night, but to move to Minneapolis. Based on trip advisor reviews, I chose the University Inn which is in the Dinkytown area, near the University of Minnesota. We did not have a car and needed to rely on buses to get around. The Inn provided us with a comfortable,clean room and a good night’s sleep. The price for the night was fair and reasonable. The staff were helpful and friendly. We really appreciated their willingness to provide space for our luggage during the daytime while we checked out Minneapolis, before needing to go to the airport for our flight home later on that day.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

The University Inn is a few blocks away from the Uof M and Dinkytown. It likely began it's life as a dorm as it has the sixties cinder-block internal walls. That being said the rooms are very tidy and pretty well equipped with microwave, stove and full size fridge. Wi-fi connectivity was excellent and there is ample parking. It works a great central hub for a visit to the twin cities.

Room Tip: Get a room facing the car pack as it is quieter.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

This is an extended stay hotel primarily for faculty visiting UM. There are few amenities but there is a good location 4 blocks from dinkytown (6 blocks from campus), and there is a full kitchen. Otherwise the highlights are unusually good HVAC and wifi.

Room Tip: note that 2nd floor is entirely walkup
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Portland, Oregon, United States
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

My daughter and I stayed here for three nights and I have to say it was great. Having never been in Minneapolis, I had no idea where to stay and struggled with making a choice. I was leaning towards a downtown hotel (for no particular reason) but didn't want to pay for parking when I came across the University Inn. From their website it looked like it had character and from views on Google maps it looked to be in a nice area. After staying here, I can say that I don't think I could have made a better choice for our trip! The hotel was clean, the staff friendly and we loved the location. It is on the edge of Dinkytown, a great little area with cafes, coffee shops and restaurants. The room was clean and comfortable with a kitchenette complete with microwave, stove and full size refrigerator. It also turned out to have Wi-Fi, which we hadn't expected, based on previous reviews (and great Wi-Fi I might add). I booked the room by calling the hotel directly. They were very friendly and gave me a better rate than advertised anywhere, and I didn’t have to prepay. And yes, they have a parking lot, no charge!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Barrington, Illinois
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

Loved this hotel. great place, neat room, good service, great lactation - close to the downtown, yet in the quaint. . great small urban hotel.

will be back - found a new place to stay when we come back.

and to boot... FREE PARKING

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about University Inn

Address: 925 4th Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
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Location: United States > Minnesota > Minneapolis > University / Dinkytown
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 48 Hotels in Minneapolis
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — University Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 45
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Newly renovated hotel just 4 blocks from the University of Minnesota. All rooms feature kitchenettes and are ideal for both longer-term overnight stays. Free parking for hotel guests. ... more   less 
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