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Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot
Ranked #24 of 49 Hotels in Minneapolis
Pittsburgh
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105 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Perfect spot for a holiday party”
Reviewed December 26, 2013

We stayed at this hotel and attended a smashing holiday party at the Depot. The ice skating rink was converted into a party place and decorated with ice sculptures. The hotel was lovely, quiet and elegantly decorated. We loved it.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled on business
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Liz K, Manager at Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot, responded to this review, January 2, 2014
Marsha,
I’m pleased to hear that you enjoyed that hotel and your smashing holiday party! Events at The Depot are truly amazing. Thank you for sharing.
Liz
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Vermillion, South Dakota
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Reviewed December 17, 2013

We stayed at The Depot this past weekend on a couples getaway to the Vikings/Eagles game. We booked a package deal that included breakfast buffet, waterpark passes, and free internet and parking. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Depot Renaissance. The room, as well as the rest of the hotel, was clean and lovely. Our room had a nice view of downtown, and the staff was incredibly helpful and friendly, going the extra mile to make sure our experience was a good one.

The waterpark area was smaller than a typical waterpark (keep in mind that's not the main purpose of this hotel, it's just an added perk), but nice just the same. How smart to have adult space above the waterpark so parents don't have to be down in the wet areas but can still monitor their children. The hot tub was large and just the right temp and the lifeguards were plentiful. The skating rink was also a pleasant find, and many people of all ages were out enjoying the ice. The only thing we wished was different was the water park schedule. We stayed for a long weekend, leaving on Monday, and we really would have enjoyed spending more time in the hot tub Sunday afternoon/evening, as well as Monday morning.

The bar area had a great atmosphere, with a nice selection of local beers and specialty liquors, as well as a knowledgeable staff. The breakfast buffet was delicious and incredibly filling. All in all, it was a wonderful time. We are definitely coming back on our next trip to the Twin Cities!

Room Tip: Package deals are the way to go to get the most out of your money.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Liz K, Manager at Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot, responded to this review, January 2, 2014
Sarah W,
It sounds like you really enjoyed your experience with us! I’m glad you tried out one of our packages; it really is the way to go! I’m so happy to hear you will be back on your next trip to the Twin Cities!
Thank you,
Liz
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Reviewed December 16, 2013

Much like many Renaissances, the Depot has a lot of local charm and unique decor. The rooms are a little more standard than I've seen at other Renessances, in other words more like a Marriott. But overall nice sized rooms, clean and comfortable. One of the best hotel beds I've had, and I travel 40+ weeks out of the year. The best beds!
Workout room is a little lacking. Underground parking is a nice bonus when staying in winter.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled on business
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Liz K, Manager at Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot, responded to this review, January 2, 2014
Steven H,
Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel. It’s great to hear that a seasoned traveler like yourself thought it was one of the best! Come back and visit us again!
Liz
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Fargo, North Dakota, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed December 12, 2013

We stayed here for a company Christmas party and had a great time! The rooms were awesome. The breakfast was so good but the best part was the ice skating rink for which the party was held. Yup, I said the rink was where the party was held. They transformed the rink into a full on party and dance room.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Liz K, Manager at Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot, responded to this review, December 16, 2013
Kal S,
I’m happy to hear you enjoyed your holiday party! The transformation of the ice rink to an event space is spectacular. I’m glad you were able to see it. Please come visit us again!

Liz
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Vienna, VA
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Reviewed December 9, 2013

This is another good example (of several I have stayed at) of a Marriott hotel that reuses a historic building and results in character and a pleasant retro ambience. Overall a very nice one-night business trip stop that begged for a longer stay. The rooms have more scenic views than the typical downtown Minneapolis hotel where the view is another office tower. The Guthrie Theater was a four-block walk. A minor downside was the missing downtown vibe being several blocks from the downtown center.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the river are more scenic.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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Liz K, Manager at Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot, responded to this review, December 11, 2013
Oski_Bear_DC
We wish you could have stayed longer as well! Thanks for thinking of us and writing such a nice review. If you are ever traveling back to the Minneapolis area we would be happy to host you again.
All the best,
Liz
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Reviewed December 9, 2013 via mobile

We spent the Thanksgiving weekend at the Depot. This was our first stay at this hotel but have been to MPLS many times. There were two adults and one child, and we were upgraded to a suite because my husband is a frequent Marriott guest. The suite is perfect for a family as the couch is a sofa bed. The bathroom, large with great shower, is on that side of suite with French doors to master ( no bathroom). I would highly recommend requesting " old" side of depot, each room is unique and even the hallways seem authentically antique. Rooms were quite, even with road outside window. Service was friendly and responsive. Room service was excellent as well. Only issues were no safe in room, two lights and broken make-up mirror and one bathrobe. The staff offered to fix all but without a safe we didn't want people in and out of room. Ice rink was large and decent , although ice not surfaced enough if you are a figure skater, fine for general population. It's a few blocks to downtown restaurants, which can seem like a loooong walk in 9 degree weather, but in normal weather, easily accessible. Downtown MPLS had several great, fun restaurants and the 8 floor Holiday Display ( a longtime tradition for MPLS ) is well worth the trip. I wish there were more shops, Saks and Neiman Marcus closed as did many others but if you are looking for a family fun weekend downtown, I would highly recommend the Depot. Last point- it is incredibly reasonably priced ! Also has water park but did not see it. Also , self park, valet will help with luggage but lot right at hotel ( adjoined to Residence Inn).

Stayed December 2013
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Liz K, Manager at Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot, responded to this review, December 11, 2013
Chefintraining4ever,
Thank you for choosing to spend your Thanksgiving weekend with us! I’m happy to hear you had the opportunity to experience one of our historic suites, ice skating rink and the holiday display downtown! We hope you will be back to visit us again in the future.
Liz
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Williston, Vermont
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Reviewed December 4, 2013

We will be taken another trip to Minneapolis in about 10 days and are looking forward to another stay at this property. The staff is personable and professional, the location is very convenient, and the hotel offers something for all types of travelers. This is a great option in a great city filled with wonderful restaurants and activities. See you soon!!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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depotmgr, General Manager at Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot, responded to this review, December 9, 2013
Thanks Tony! It's turned into a winter wonderland since your last visit. Be sure to bring your warm coat! Michael
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Property: Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot
Address: 225 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55401-2524 (Formerly The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel)
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Location: United States > Minnesota > Minneapolis > Downtown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Family Hotel in Minneapolis
#20 Romantic Hotel in Minneapolis
#23 Business Hotel in Minneapolis
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot 3.5*
Number of rooms: 225
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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