I don't always have the highest opinion of Wyndham hotels, which have always been hotels where I've stayed more as a place to rest my head as opposed to a more aspirational brand where the hotel is part of the experience, but that was almost the opposite case with the Graves 601 Wyndham. This hotel is smack-dab downtown, across the street from the Target Center and within a few blocks of Target Field, but all the sports teams were either out of town or off-season during my stay, so the hotel was very quiet. The area mostly caters to the crowd that would be attending sports events, so there's a lot of sports bars and places like that, which is fine for me, but might not be some people's cups of tea.
The hotel itself was fine without really standing out. The lobby is sumptuous looking and reminded me of the Aria hotel in Vegas in its minimalist design, but the rooms themselves don't match that W-style look. They're more like classier Holiday Inn (or Wyndham) rooms, with peach colors and a big window (mine overlooking Target Field). My desk wasn't very comfortable, and outlets weren't always easy to find. I ended up doing most of my computer-based work in bed. Rooms were otherwise unmemorable. Service was fine at the front desk, but valet was wildly inconsistent, including points where I waited 15 or so minutes for my car before the valet stopped talking on his phone and went to go fetch my vehicle.
I also have to confess that I really dislike the layout of the hotel, which has the lobby on the bottom floor, conference rooms and public areas on the second and third floors, and then the restaurant (which was closed on one of the days of my stay for a very loud corporate function) on the fourth floor before the hotel block starts. The truly annoying thing is that the first block of elevators only goes to the fourth floor, so you have to take the elevator with your luggage from the first floor to the fourth floor, get off, walk around the restaurant, and then take another bank of elevators up to your room. Hotel also has no gift shop, just a Starbucks that isn't open late, so you're pretty stuck if you need something late at night.
I wouldn't hesitate to stay here if I was going to an event at Target Center or even at Target Field, but I would avoid otherwise.
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August 21, 2013
Thanks for reviewing us. Over the years, we have received some similar feedback regarding the layout of our hotel, and we agree that it may be a bit confusing for new guests. We'll try to make this clear upon their arrival, and we apologize if we fell short for you. We also apologize for the outlet placement in your room, and we will certainly discuss that with our team for future renovations. That said, we're delighted that you'd still like to return next time you're in the area, and we'd love to have you. Thank you once again, and we hope to show you a five-star visit during your next stay.
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