As you would expect from a Marriott property, this hotel is clean, modern, and comfortable. When searching for accomodations in downtown Minneapolis I noticed that rates varied greatly for the same hotels depending upon dates possiblity due to conventions or other large gatherings. Because this TownePlace Suites is on the fringe of downtown, and evidently is mostly patronized by tourists vs. business travelors, I suspect the rates are more stable. We paid $101 per night plus the $13 parking. As another reviewer mentioned, you can park free on the street from 6:pm Friday until Monday morning. However you need to get a space early so what you should do is move your car from the hotel lot about 4pm and put money in the meter ($1 or so) to get you past 6. If you wait until 6 there may not be any spaces as the area has many apartment houses. In my experience, Marriot's never give you a free breakfast. This one must have received complaints because they had cereal and milk for the children but little else.
A number of eating places are near the hotel but they are not on the hotel street. You need to go out the back door of the hotel through the alley and a passageway to Washington Ave. There you will find several restaurants including a very good, a busy, pizzeria. The hotel is about 1/2 mile from the baseball stadium and several restaurants on the way. As you would expect from a yuppie area near a sports arena, several of the eating places have a dozen or so TV's all on different channels and loud, blaring noise which I suppose passes for pop music these days. There are also a number of strip joints and girlie shows in the area so maybe this is the city's red light district although I can't be sure as I am not familiar with this part of the Country.
You can walk to downtown with access to the extensive skywalk system in 15 or 20 minutes. You can also board the light rail at the baseball stadium and take it to the other end of the line which is in one of the Mall of America's parking lots. Incidentally I detest suburban shopping malls but this one seemed rather pleasant maybe because I did not have to drive to it. However in reality it is just a bigger version of your standard America suburban shopping mall with all of the familiar stores plus an amusement park for children. I guess I was expecting something unique based on all of the hype I have heard about over the years.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- TownePlace Suites Downtown Minneapolis by Marriott is a conveniently located hotel near Target Field (new home of the Minnesota Twins), Mall of America Field, the Convention Center, Target Center, the University of Minnesota and the Hennepin Theater District. This downtown hotel features apartment-style suites with fully equipped kitchens including refrigerator, dishwasher, stove, oven and microwave. Downtown Minneapolis' solution to extended stay lodging, the TownePlace Suites offers special rates based on your length of stay keeping your budget in mind. Perfect for the business traveler, Twins fans, theater buffs or shoppers, the TownePlace Suites is within walking distance of the Light Rail/ NorthStar Rail and the Mississippi River. You can relax in our spacious guest rooms featuring Marriott's new bedding with triple sheeting and plush pillows, work out in our 24-hour exercise rooms or play a game of pool in our unique billiards room. Let our outstanding staff become your personal concierge! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Towneplace Suites Minneapolis Downtown Hotel Minneapolis
- Minneapolis Towneplace Suites