If you're looking for a home base from which to explore everything from the Mall of America to Target Field, the Target Center and the heart of downtown Minneapolis, you would be hard-pressed to find a better location to base from than the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Suites Minneapolis International Airport. Even before the addition of light rail service rail stations right outside the hotel -- (American Boulevard station) -- we always enjoyed the big view of aircraft arriving and departing from MSP from the upper floors of this former Holiday Inn Select, which has been converted to a Crowne Plaza. (Don't worry about the noise; you'll never hear them from your room.) Located in close proximity to MSP, the hotel operates several airport shuttles and the service is excellent.
The rail service is inexpensive and frequent, meaning you can park your car in the ramp and forget it during your stay. The hotel is spacious, with 120 suites and even more standard rooms on its 13 floors. It's full service and the staff is friendly. We enjoyed the pool and hot tub area, as well as the breakfast buffet. Those are the high points. For those planning meetings, there is a good selection of function rooms comprising 18,000 square feet total.
On the the deduct side, there are reasons that we can't grade this hotel as being anything above average. For one, our room was in need of refurbishment -- we know it's not the only one -- and there are other areas of the hotel where the need for updating is evident, from furnishings to wall coverings; carpeting and more. This place is well-used and its looks like it. The Business Center is complimentary, but the computers are painfully slow, to the point of being frustrating. There are also a couple of computers in the lobby area.
We'll be looking forward to visiting this one again for the location, but we hope there are near-term plans for refurbishment to help this property more fully live up to the promise of the CP brand.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Minneapolis/St. Paul! Enjoy your stay at the closest Crowne Plaza Hotel & Suites to the Mall of America and MSP International Airport! The Crowne Plaza Hotel & Suites MSP Airport / Mall of America is located in the heart of Bloomington, MN and is 15 minutes from downtown Minneapolis or St. Paul the Target Center and Mpls Convention Center. Suites: We offer more than 100 beautifully decorated suites with bedroom and spacious living room. All suites are equipped with two televisions, a refrigerator and microwave, two telephones and well-lit dining and work table. Features: The hotel offers free high-speed wireless Internet in all guest rooms. A fitness room allows you to stay on that fitness plan, or relax while traveling. Everyone enjoys our Junior Olympic sized pool. Meetings: We feature over 14,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. Location: For your convenience, we are located off of I-494 and 34th Avenue at the intersection of E. American Blvd & 34th Avenue with free parking. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Bloomington
- Bloomington Holiday Inn
- Crowne Plaza MSP Airport - Mall Of America Bloomington, MN, North America