I stayed at the Marriott Minneapolis City Center for two nights in late August. I am a Marriott Rewards Elite member and was staying on rewards points. The hotel was very crowded due both to an American Legion convention in town and the Minnesota Twins hosting the Detroit Tigers.
Despite the crowded / busy nature of the weekend stay, I was very impressed both with my room and especially with the service I received while at the hotel.
Service - EVERYONE I spoke was very friendly, polite, and helpful and most of them were even enthusiastic. The staff here really seem to care. This comment by the way applies to everyone I dealt with - housekeeping, restaurant, desk, lobby store, bellcaps - everyone.
Room - I was given room 2423 - a triangular "corner" room facing both north over Target Center and Target Field, and facing south over the central business district and Nicollet Mall. The room is extremely spacious. The room also reflects modern needs, with plenty of plugs, and hook ups. I had a bit of trouble on the first afternoon getting an internet connection, but beyond that I had no problems with both wired (laptop) and wireless (ipod touch) connections. The only negative observations about the room were that the counter in the bathroom is a bit small and that there is some street noise from the Hennepin Ave / Warehouse entertainment district at night. However, closing the blinds and turning on the fan to "high" limited the noise such that I was not kept awake. The room also featured an RGB monitor cable to hook your PC up to the TV, although with typical hotel internet speeds, streaming something over the internet may be frustrating (I did not try). Another plus - an ice machine within 20 feet of the room! A vanishing nicety in modern full service hotels.
Restaurant - despite being very busy both mornings at breakfast, the staff was polite and very helpful and efficient.
Location - ideal. The hotel is connected to the skyway system (I did not use it in August, but I imagine it comes in handy in February). The hotel is a block from Nicollet Mall, with plenty of shopping and dining options. The hotel is one and a half blocks from Target Center and two and a half blocks from Target Field. The hotel is near the Hennepin / Warehouse entertainment district. The hotel is also near plenty of public transportation options - I took the Hiawatha Light Rail from MSP to the hotel and it is an easy two block walk from either the Nicollet or Hennepin stops. I also used the 6E bus from a stop a block from the hotel to go out to Lake Harriet for a morning walk. There are plenty of other bus options nearby as well.
In summary, the location was ideal and the service was tops!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Minneapolis Marriott City Center - in the center of it all! Experience style and service at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center, just 1.5 blocks from Target Center in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. Connected to Macy's via skywalk access, one block from Gavidae Commons, half-block from the Nicollet Mall, and adjacent to City Center Shops, ideal for your next night on the town. Whether you’re looking for a romantic weekend getaway, a place to grab a quick bite to each before the game, or a happening bar offering game day specials, an outdoor terrace and 12 flat screen TVs, we have everything you need to celebrate, no matter the occasion. Make yourself at home in over 500 guest rooms, many with stunning views of the city skyline and enjoy one of our weekend packages complete with breakfast, Internet or late check-out. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marriott Minneapolis City Hotel Minneapolis
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