Stayed for two nights to attend an event at convention center as a first time visitor to Minneapolis. Many conveniences to hotel location: (1) I took light rail (blue line ) from airport to Nicollet Mall stop (two blocks to hotel) - there is no need to taxi or shuttle unless you are schlepping lots of bags (2) hotel is just off Nicollet Mall (shopping and dining destination downtown) (3) a short walk to the professional sport facilities for basketball and baseball; and (4) has access to the skyways that traverse much of downtown Minneapolis. Other comparable hotels are in same area, but except for Radisson (across street), this is probably the closest to light rail line which is easy to use and convenient.
Rooms: First quirk is shape of hotel (triangular). The triangular floor plate creates some variation of room shapes / layouts particularly toward the 3 corners. I had a "13" room. It was a king room -- it is a smaller room than some others, though still reasonably spacious. There was some awkwardness to the layout b/c of shape -- the bathroom door is directly adjacent to the head of the bed and TV viewing from bed is across the longest dimension of the room. Ask to see where on floor plate your room is on check-in. Room furnishings were comfortable but there was some wear and tear evident (shower door didn't fully seal, ironing board hangar broken and some obvious wall scuffs).
Arrival / Lobby / Elevators: Second quirk: Lobby is on floor five -- you take one elevator from street level to lobby and another set of elevators to rooms. That creates two minor inconveniences: (1) each time you return to hotel, you take two elevators to get to your room which is generally not a big deal, but led to some delays when there was a crowd returning at same time. (2) If you arrive by car (which I did not) -- there is no hotel driveway or pull-off at street level and it can be busy. There are valets present, but I could see it made for a little bit of stress for a few car arrivals as I entered and left the building. Other downtown properties have better arrival set ups (Hilton / Hyatt).
Other notes: the fitness center is well-equipped for a hotel facility and all the equipment is reasonably new and of commercial-grade quality. A nice amenity. The lobby bar / restaurant had wonderful service. It isn't large, but it is comfortable and there are many great options off property within an easy walk so it is scaled right for the overall environment.
I'd stay again, but would be more selective as to room assignment than I was this time.
- 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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