Just returned from the 2014 Woman's Swimming & Diving at the University of Minnesota. I highly recommend to stay at The Commons Hotel which is directly located across the street from the U of M pool. It was a very cold, icy and snowy weekend. And the very short walk made the weather slightly more bearable . Hotel staff accommodating and there is a decent pub type restaurant located on the premises. Service was good as we had a crowd of swim & dive parents dine one night. The recommended transport for airport return was the "Blue Van" ($18.00) with a $1.60 discount or the LRT (light rail train)-- which unbeknownst by the hotel was not in use due to the Metrodome demolition taking place this morning.
I definitely DO NOT recommend the "Blue Van". 1-800-BLUE-VAN if you want peace of mind getting to the airport on time. It picks up from various hotels, the small print mentions a 15 minute extended time. The van was not at my location within this time frame. I ended up sharing a taxi (i Taxi Service LLC) that was on time and proficient. The cost was $ 50.00. It was well worth the piece of mind. Needless to say, I have requested a refund for this poor service. Food for thought, the same thing happened to another parent and they also ended up hailing a taxi!
- 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