I checked into this hotel over a long weekend to explore downtown Minneapolis. The first room I checked-in was filled with a lingering stench of cigarette smoke. I immediately called guest services to request for a room-change which they did in 10 minutes. The second room I was given felt fresher but little did I know it was located right on the floor occupied by high school kids out on a school trip. There was a noisy, drunkard, rowdy late night party right next to my room - it is worse than a backpacker's hostel as at least in a hostels , kids play at the bar not in the rooms. The pandaemonium eventually ended ... way past midnight !
The only consolation of this hotel is its location: light rail is round the corner and is within the wonderful maze of downtown skywalks which made exploring downtown in the deep winter of sub-zero conditions actually achievable. Nevertheless, there are other downtown hotels which are connected via sky bridges, I do not think I will return to the same hotel if I were to ever visit Minneapolis again.
Reception is friendly, rooms of a good size with room to lay my yoga mat between my king-sized bed and sofa. Showers were clean. There is no guest parking.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Transformed from Minneapolis's historic Farmers & Mechanics Bank building, The Westin Minneapolis will be your home to renewal in the Twin Cities. Located at the pulse of cosmopolitan Minneapolis, we are a short walk away from the best the city has to offer. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Westin Minneapolis Hotel Minneapolis
- Westin Minneapolis
- Minneapolis Westin