What used to be the Radisson University Hotel on the east bank of the University of Minnesota campus has been sold and utterly transformed into something more like a large boutique hotel, with stunning new decor, redesigned rooms, and comfortable sitting areas throughout the hotel. The feel is very upscale: a huge fire pit as you enter the hotel circle, another smaller fire pit inside the lobby, surrounded by leather seating and bookshelves, spacious rooms with nice amenities (including a mini-fridge), a great bar and high-end restaurant, and highly attentive staff. Having lived in Minneapolis for years when this was the Radisson, I knew the old hotel well, attending conferences here several times and even staying here once I moved away. The new version is a vast improvement on the old Radisson, but some of what recommended the original remains: a Starbucks down a hallway, a great location (now even better after all the new stores have come in following the construction of the Gopher stadium), a good layout, restaurants easy walking distance. My room was very comfortable, especially the bed, and there's free Internet throughout the hotel. Others have noted that students hang out on the comfortable seating in and around the lobby, studying and chatting, which isn't bad in itself--it gives the sense of being surrounded by the university, but it could be off-putting to hotel guests who want to use some of those spaces. Overall I would highly recommend this hotel for anyone visiting the U of M or coming in for a game, even for visiting downtown. When the new light rail is installed (soon), it will be easy to get from here across the river to downtown and avoid cabs or expensive parking there (or driving after doing the bar scene). My one concern is the huge amount of natural gas required for those fire pits; maybe natural gas is cheap in Minnesota? Also, the continued use of packaged sugars and creamers (the Radisson had them too). You use one sugar and all the rest gets tossed. Same with the little bottles of shampoo and conditioner. Use large bottles inside the shower, as the Europeans do. Install key-accessed electricity. Wasteful Americans! Sustainability, please.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Commons Hotel is noted for being the only hotel located on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota, making it the perfect choice for accommodations when visiting the university. The Commons Hotel also offers 20,000 sq. feet of meeting flexible meeting space as well a Full-Service Restaurant and lounge, The Beacon Public House. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Radisson Minneapolis
- Minneapolis Radisson
- Radisson University Hotel Minneapolis