Stayed at this hotel this past weekend. Came from Chicago to checkout Target Field and to see Minneapolis - I like to travel to new cities and explore.
Got to the hotel early on Friday, probably around 2p or so and was surprised when allowed to check into our room - that was nice. Our room with the garden view on the 8th floor was nice. My buddy liked being able to go outside and smoke.
The caveat with this though was the wedding and reception on Saturday. On Saturday morning, we received a note that there would be a wedding and reception that evening until midnight. We were asked to respect their privacy - aka please don't go in the courtyard/garden area during that time. We were watching college football in our room at around 5 or 6 pm and even though it was light, I finally closed my blinds because I was tired of different people walking by our window and the occasional looking in. A bit awkward.
We weren't in our room most of the night though. We were out bar hopping in the city, so by the time we got back, the wedding was done. I can't speak for around 9, 10 or 11p, but prior to around 9'ish, the crowd at the reception seemed to be well behaved and not rowdy, so that was good. The music though was definitely noticeable, and while we knew we would be going out, I felt bad for anyone on our floor or nearby who went to bed early. I reckoned they may have had a hard time falling asleep.
The rest of the hotel itself was nice. I avoided the bar because I had previously read how expensive everything there was, and we also avoided their breakfast for the same reason. The location is in the middle of downtown, and a block from the light rail system. The bars over by Target Center are not far. Everything around downtown is not a far walk. Our location is more in the dead zone during weekends - probably more of a business place, considering the convenience store within the NorthStar center closed at 3p on Saturdays. The nearby Walgreens also closed early on Saturday - coming from Chicago, that just seemed weird.
The only minor negative are the elevators. Even with three of them, you sometimes had to wait two to three minutes, even at 10:30pm on Friday night. Overall though, our room was clean and appeared to be well kept, and that is most important. On the plus, there were a lot of outlets, so use of laptops, phone charging, etc., was no issue at all.
Overall, I found this hotel to be suitable. I would stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Minneapolis Crowne Plaza Hotel located in the heart of the downtown Minneapolis business and retail district and connected to the Skyway system for easy access to shopping, dining, sports, entertainment and any other downtown Minneapolis event. Deluxe guestrooms include 2 phones with data-port and voice-mail, wireless high speed Internet access for a fee, On-Demand movies, iron/ironing board, coffee/coffeemaker and USA Today paper delivered daily. Our Cafe Northstar restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. In addition, our Krona lounge overlooking 2nd Avenue in downtown Minneapolis, features light meals, a connoisseur's collection of spirits, complete wine bar and more than thirty beers & ales in a comfortable atmosphere complete with fireplace. Take advantage of our free Fitness Center and the services of our Business Center. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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