The Renaissance Depot is a neat hotel near downtown Minneapolis. It is about 1 block from a long waterfront trail that runs along the Mississippi River and has interpretive signs detailing the history of the area. From here you can see the Gold Medal and Pillsbury flour mills, and many bridges.
About 5 blocks in the other direction you can catch a light rail train that takes you to the Mall of America or the airport.
The bedding in this hotel was great. I love goosedown and slept well. The bed was reasonably comfortable.
The downside was although the website advertises they have a waterpark, the waterpark isn't actually open unless you happen to stay on a weekend. They don't even have a pool or hot tub open which was a major disappointment. Another downside is they don't have free wifi. It costs $10 for noon to noon service. Lastly, the restaurant, Charley's wasn't that great. They got our order wrong, the food was cold and my burger was supposed to be well done but came out rather pink. It took so long to get it the first time that I didn't bother sending it back. The second night we ordered room service and that was a better experience though the fries were cold again.
Overall, it was a decent experience, but not all that family friendly since there wasn't anything for the kids to do nearby and w/o a pool that is actually open.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel is the perfect blend of history and style. We are located in downtown Minneapolis' Historic Mill District on the banks of the Mississippi River yet close to Nicollet Mall, popular local dining, sports venues, theater the riverfront area. Discover something new and exciting at our Renaissance Hotel. Our hotel has exceptional dining at Milwaukee Road, our on-site restaurant. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Renaissance Minneapolis
- The Depot Minneapolis Renaissance Hotel
- Minneapolis Renaissance