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“Better Than We Expected” 5 of 5 stars
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The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   225 S 3rd Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401 (Formerly Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown at The Depot) (Downtown)   |  
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Ranked #19 of 48 Hotels in Minneapolis
Madison, Wisconsin
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44 reviews 44 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Better Than We Expected”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

My husband and I were traveling with a 7-year old with plans to attend a Gopher hockey game.
We arrived late on a Friday night to check-in. Check-in went smoothly. Valet parking wasn't available so my husband parked our vehicle in the underground parking garage ($15/night). Underground parking is fabulous in the winter in Minnesota. We had a nice corner room on the 5th floor with two queen beds. The rooms aren't large, but they are comfortable and clean. The beds are comfy and the room included a small fridge, not much of a view. They also supply Aveda products (I always appreciate nice soap/shampoo/conditioner).

A few things worth noting if you're traveling with kids: The Depot ice skating rink is attached to the building. It's great. It costs extra (discounted to around $6/adult if you mention that you're staying at the hotel) but is totally worth it if you enjoying skating. It's a great way to burn off energy when it's too cold to be outside.
The water park is nice/clean with life guards and kept our child entertained for at least an hour. I did hear some parents say that once your kids have been to Wisconsin Dells and experienced the waterparks there, this one didn't seem like anything special. I'd say it's great for kids up to age 9 or 10, but kids older than that probably won't enjoy it as much.
There's also an arcade near the water park which was hit with my child.
Good coffee/lattes are available right next door at Dunn Brothers Coffee. It's within walking distance to Nicolet Mall. Short cab ride to Mariucci Arena. Good running down by the river just a few blocks away if it's not too cold outside.
After reading some of the reviews, our expectations weren't high. The staff and the hotel's accomodations exceeded our expectations in every way.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Darrynm, Manager at The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, responded to this review, January 12, 2013
Great review. As you said, our water park is perfect for the pre-teen and under but I've seen some adults having a great time as well. Thank you for staying with us.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Mendota Heights, Minnesota, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

We spent 1 night for a little staycation with the kids before the holiday. We were not disappointed when we arrived to our rooms, they were nice, spacious, clean, well-decorated. The kids enjoyed the waterpark and games adjacent to the hotel - that was a big bonus! We enjoyed dinner a few blocks away at the Spaghetti Factory so great to be able to walk to a restaurant. What dissapointed us the most was breakfast - granted the hotel was not very busy but the staff was light and the service was nil. We arrived at the hotel restaurant, proceeded to wait and finally seated ourselved next to a table where staff were meeting. We continued to wait another 5-10 minutes while the staff did not help us at all. We then went to the buffet where we had to wait while the staff was first. My husband expressed his disappointment to the manager, and she was very apologetic even gave us free tickets to ice skating next door to "make it right" This was much appreciated, but good advice to the staff would be to take your name tags off first before you enjoy the hotel restaurant - service and the customer should come first.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Darrynm, Manager at The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, responded to this review, January 12, 2013
Thank you for your review. I'm truly sorry that the staff made a negative impact on what sounded like a terrific stay. I have forwarded your comments on to our leadership team as this is not our standard. We appreciate you discovering us and hope you will again when in the area.
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Fort Bragg, CA USA
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

We spent 3 nights last month on a weekend at a family wedding and were most impressed with this hotel, it's Marriott staff, and it's really well thought out amenities. We stayed in a room that resembled a small suite with a couch and upholstered easy chair, great TV, good desk and chair with all up-to-date gadget necessities. Our room, and the whole hotel, is very well thought out and well designed and put together. Everything was fresh and new feeling and everything worked well such as the air conditioner, the nifty multiple curtains with blackout capabilities, the desk with fixtures and fittings for laptops, phones, other gadgets. We were impressed with the comfort and great design. The hotel was filled with families getting married apparently so there were lots of kids and families whooping it up but our room was totally silent. I totally agree with the other 4 and 5 star reviews on the charm and history of the place. It's unusually warm and inviting. Our only gripe is with all hotels that now use only duvets for the bed which are too warm for us in almost all weather conditions.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Darrynm, Manager at The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, responded to this review, January 12, 2013
Thank you for your great review. We appreciate you staying with us.
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Western Michigan, USA
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65 reviews 65 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

This was a pleasant surprise. The staff gets "it". They were very friendly and attentive. Check in was very professional and efficient. The rooms were very clean, large and comfortable. The windows were a bit drafty but other than than that this was an excellent stay and I would recommend the hotel when in the downtown area.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Darrynm, Manager at The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, responded to this review, December 14, 2012
Thank you for your kind review. I hope you stay with us again if your travels find you in our area..
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Northville, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

I've stayed here many times for business, and can't think of a negative thing to say about it. Ok, it is a small walk to downtown, but everything else: The rooms, the staff, the historical decor, the food at the restaurant, make it worthwhile. Not recommended if you have young children, as some rooms have antique historical furniture that, well, wouldn't be compatible with my 2 and 4 year old. If traveling with family, stay at the Residence Inn at the Depot that is part of the greater facility.

Room Tip: Any of the historical suites are great. Worth the upgrade. Also, if you can get a room not facing...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Darrynm, Manager at The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, responded to this review, November 30, 2012
Thank you for the review. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Hope you discover us again.
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Atlanta
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52 reviews 52 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

The entrance to the hotel is rather unassuming, but once inside you'll be pleasantly surprised. The hotel complex is huge. I believe it was an old railroad depot, so there are a lot of neat railroad artifacts decorating the hotel throughout. The bar / lounge downstairs is very nice. There is also an ice skating rink in the complex. I was able to watch a group practice curling in the evening...not exactly something you see every day in Atlanta! The staff is extremely friendly and the rooms are clean. You do have to play $9.95 / day for unlimited high speed internet access.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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Darrynm, Manager at The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, responded to this review, December 4, 2012
Thank you for your review and the kind words. You are correct; The Depot is an old railroad depot. The last train left The Depot in 1971 and it stood virtually empty until the restoration was completed in 2000. The ice rink you watched once was the train shed.

Next time you’re up from Atlanta I hope you discover us again!
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Minnesota
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

I stayed at The Depot while in Minneapolis for a business trip. Beautiful decor, friendly and professional service, this place has everything. The rooms were very comfortable and clean. My co workers and I also dined in the restaurant that evening and had a wonderful experience. Would love to return on a stay with my family.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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Darrynm, Manager at The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, responded to this review, November 12, 2012
Thank you for the review and for staying with us. Hope you discover us again.
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Address: 225 S 3rd Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401 (Formerly Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown at The Depot)
Location: United States > Minnesota > Minneapolis > Downtown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#13 Family Hotel in Minneapolis
#21 Romantic Hotel in Minneapolis
#21 Business Hotel in Minneapolis
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 225
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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