Perfect location for seminar at the Convention Center reached with ease via skyway which allows travel around downtown without braving the elements. From the moment we arrived by taxi, the bell staff were welcoming and helpful – my luggage was indoors at reception before I could pay the taxi driver! Charming front desk staff (kudos to Kevin for being so very friendly that evening and again first thing in the morning!) got me checked in less than a minute. Quick walk to the elevators around the corner for ride up to the 14th floor brought me to my room at the end of the hall – further from the elevator = quieter room. Nicely-appointed sizable room with easy-to-use safe, though I’m embarrassed to say that it took me a while to figure out how to turn on the light fixtures. Excellent work station, TV with a good selection of channels (Weather Channel the only one I ever watched, and I remember HBO as a choice), and a bed so comfortable that I never once missed my top-of-the-line Simmons Beautyrest at home. Good choice of pillows. Drawer space is limited and the closest is a bit small, though both adequately housed my clothes for a three-day business trip – oh, and there is an iron should the need arise. The bathroom is big. My room had only a shower stall, which was perfect for me, though tub-lovers may miss the tub if other rooms offer only a shower. Color scheme of my room was very masculine: greys, dark blues, silvers and blacks, though the comforter is stark white in comparison. Large windows offer lots of light and the individual climate control worked perfectly and was whisper quiet. Cleans edges finish the whole room, creating a sharp, linear elegance. The lobby is impressive, again with similar “guy” colors and a remarkable two-story slate/cut wood, gas fireplace along one wall of this cavernous space – the fireplace is small by comparison, with lots of comfortable seating around and throughout to take advantage of the warming glow it creates. I only had the included breakfast in the restaurant, which is very clean and somewhat “rustic” in its décor – but who cares what the decorations are like when the breakfast is excellent! The buffet breakfast offers an omelet bar, six breakfast dishes (cage-free scrambled eggs were light and delicious – and tons of the most scrumptious, crispy bacon one would hope to find in Minnesota!) with two types of eggs, two types of meat and two types of starches, though describing roasted potatoes with leeks and red peppers as a starch is just unfair – simply delicious! Then there’s steel-cut oatmeal with the fixin’s, rolls, muffins, mini croissant, three types of bread, pastries (I remember at least six varieties), yogurt with fixin’s (muesli plus a berry compote and a memorable pear compote), fresh fruit, sliced melon and the best farmer’s cheese I’ve had in a while. Top this off with juice and coffee for the best way to start the day I’ve had the pleasure to enjoy in quite a long time! The wait staff are very eager to please and attended to my every need (and were full of smiles at 6:30am!). There is also a Grab-and-Go food option which offers hot and cold sandwiches, coffee, bagels, juices and other comestibles for those on the go who are unfortunate enough to not have thirty minutes in their schedules to enjoy the too-good-to-be-believed breakfast buffet. Stay here and have an enjoyable visit in such a clean and friendly city. Bonus = you are one block away from Brit’s Pub when staying here – home to a dozen varieties of beer on tap (sadly, no Sam Adams, but that’s because this is a “Brit’s pub and they have never forgiven that whole Boston Tea Party thing) and two ciders, a British offering and a local brew that proved very light and refreshing – perfect foil for the great fish and chips – well, great fish, average chips, but at least there is malt vinegar on every table like there should be in a civilized pub!
Higher rooms offer nice views of city skyline - rooms at end of halls eliminate foot traffic.
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