I have stayed at this hotel 5 times now and I've stayed at every other major hotel in Minneapolis and this is the one to book! It is somewhere between a boutique and regular hotel feel. So yes there isn't 20 people waiting to unload your car hounding you for a tip and sometimes you need to wait your turn at the front desk. However once it is your turn they take care of their customers.
Service: As a mother of a 1 year old, I am usually left waiting in my room for extra pillows, a packn'play and blankets to arrive. With some hotels, I wait almost the whole day as I hold my screaming cranky kid. Here, if I didn't already have it in my room, it was brought up within 5 minutes. They serve cookies and fresh citrus water in the lobby and the front desk carries all the things you forgot. (like dress pins!)
Rooms: Space of the regular rooms are comparable or sometimes larger then the other hotels. However Stay in the Historical Suites. They are amazing and each one is different. They are worth the price to upgrade as they usually have more then one room. We did stay in their Largest room last time: The Milwaukee Suite. It has it's own kitchen, dining room, living room, a bathroom big enough to be another bed room, and a huge bedroom. I held my sons Birthday party there and it held 10 adults and 3 kids comfortably. All rooms were so clean, and they do well with early check in. I always call a head to make sure the rooms are ready for us to go in and so far I noticed that they are ready by 12. (just call a head)
Location: It's close to everywhere you want to be. Stadium is in walking distance and with many bars to choose from on the way, but to be honest I love their cozy bar in the hotel! Check it out! It caters beyond the usual bud, bud light, and miller lite (though they have that too)
Food: Yes they are a bit expensive for room service and breakfast. If that is an issue I would recommend planning a head and bringing donuts for the family to eat. Though I got chicken fingers in the bar and it could serve a 1-3 people.
Things to do: The water park is so much for kids. I never had issues with the water being too cold. I swear kids never care anyways. The ice skating rink is a blast, but the space is used for a lot of events and may be closed down. Best to check ahead if it has been booked before your trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel is the perfect blend of history and style. We are located in downtown Minneapolis' Historic Mill District on the banks of the Mississippi River yet close to Nicollet Mall, popular local dining, sports venues, theater the riverfront area. Discover something new and exciting at our Renaissance Hotel. Our hotel has exceptional dining in Charley’s Grill or our Stone Arch Bar and Patio. We are also connected to a seasonal indoor ice rink, Residence Inn by Marriott and year round water park. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Renaissance Minneapolis
- The Depot Minneapolis Renaissance Hotel
- Minneapolis Renaissance