First off, every employee that we came in contact with, from the desk clerk to the cleaning staff were absolutely great. They were all very helpful and professional. The rooms were what you would expect in a casino hotel; bed, desk, flat screen TV. We stayed in the newer part of the hotel and the rooms were very clean, free Wi-Fi worked fine too. Parking was close by in well lit lots and a free shuttle if needed. The valet service was free with the hotel stay as well. Our room overlooked a beautiful lake with geese and a swan. Outdoor areas were kept immaculate too.
I found the casino to be no more smoky than most other casinos I've been in although they do seem to allow cigar and pipe smoking which can get pretty nasty. There is a no smoking area but the machine selection was fairly limited. In the other parts of the casino there were a large selection of slot machines and table games.
The buffet and café were both good spots to eat. The wait staff was very friendly and attentive, food was above average but nothing spectacular.
Treasure Island is a ways out so if you are looking for nearby restaurants, shopping etc you will be disappointed. It was a 45 minute to an hour drive to the Minneapolis/St. Paul attractions we visited. However, it was nice to be away from the city when we returned to the resort. (I do realize that most visitors are there for the casino/resort and not a vacation but this is nice place to stay either way).
Now for the only real negative I found during our 5 day stay – the kids. The first day of school was still a week away so I’m sure this wouldn’t be a real issue during the week a little later in the year. I have visited casino resorts all over the country and have never stayed at one with as many kids as there were at Treasure Island. The pool on most nights was literally overran with pre-teens and teenagers. I don’t see how anyone could have enjoyed the pool at all. I don’t recall one meal that we didn’t have to endure either a small child crying and screaming or older kids cutting up and making a scene.
I’m sure we will return to Treasure Island when in the area again. I will just plan my visit when school is in session.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surrounded by picturesque views of rolling Minnesota prairies and the scenic bluffs of the Mississippi River Valley, lies a Caribbean getaway filled with sights, sounds and experiences you won't find anywhere else. Filled with thousands of slots, row upon row of blackjack tables, mouth-watering cuisine, top-notch entertainment and luxurious hotel accommodations, it's no wonder Treasure Island Resort & Casino is the Midwest's premier entertainment destination.Treasure Island Resort & Casino began as a one-room bingo hall in 1984 and has since grown into a bright economic opportunity for members of the Prairie Island Indian Community, who own and operate the casino.Located just forty miles from the Twin Cities outside the town of Red Wing, MN, some of the casino's most unique offerings include a marina, golf course and 100-passenger cruise ship. With so many entertainment and dining options at your fingertips, you're going to want to take your time and stay awhile. Our luxurious casino hotel boasts 500 rooms with accommodation options to fit any level of luxury and convenience. Opt for our standard hotel rooms, indulge in a spacious suite or if you prefer sleeping under the stars, there's our marina and RV park in the warmer months. Go all in any which way you choose at Treasure Island Resort & Casino. Located just outside the Minneapolis / St. Paul metro in Red Wing, MN, our 150,000 square foot casino floor is bursting with excitement. We offer over 2,200 state-of-the-art slot machines, over 50 table games including blackjack, poker, video keno, video poker and bingo. Additionally, Treasure Island Resort & Casino boasts the largest non-smoking casino area in the Midwest. When it comes to entertainment, Treasure Island Resort & Casino is raising the stakes. From the biggest names in music to the funniest comedians, we'll put you in front of the action. Check out the local music scene every weekend in Parlay Lounge or come down for a headlining performer in our 3,000 seat Island Event Center! Any way you play, Treasure Island Resort & Casino is a sure bet for a good time! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Treasure Island Hotel Welch
- Treasure Island Resort And Casino