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... games, go fish, alphabet bingo, and truly, the day seemed to go by pretty quickly. Everyone was in a pretty good mood, and we hardly realized we were in a 60 mile a hour, poorly air conditioned prison. (A 2-3 hour nap by Charlie was a nice time filler too.)
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
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Historical Traveler Reviews La Quinta Inn & Suites Minneapolis Bloomington W
I am starting to see a pattern in the reviews for this hotel. They are either very nice or very bad and it seems to correspond with the amount of money the person paid for the room.
I was disappointed in our stay. My family of four was there for 3 nights. We stay only at Choice Hotels, and expected this one to have the great standards the other hotels in this chain have. They didn't. Our room was TINY. It was too cramped to even "recline" in the recliner- the only "path" in the room was smaller than the width of the footrest! However this wasn't too much of a problem because so many springs in the recliner were broken that you couldn't sit comfortably anyway. The bathroom sink wouldn't drain. The "beautiful scenic views of the lake or downtown Minneapolis" must have only been from the 18th floor, because our room on the 8th floor overlooked the parking lot and air conditioning units. The balcony was only 18 inches deep at it's deepest point. It was barely big enough for one person to stand on at a time, much less put out a chair and sit! The balcony door did not lock. The initial clerk we checked in with was very rude, although the others I dealt with were pleasant and knowledgable about the area. Housekeeping was less than average, but in all honesty, there wasn't much that could be done to make this old, ratty room appear clean. We had a bad incident at the pool where a group of guests were partying with bottles of alcohol and very foul language in front of my young children. They were disappointed that much of our "pool time" was taken up at the front desk trying to get an employee to remove them from the pool, even though the signs clearly stated that no alcohol was allowed in the pool area.
Great fruit plate
Seemed quite well maintained. Plentiful, good-sized bath towels. Surprised by large size of fresh fruit plate included with some breakfasts. Only disappointment pool closure last of 4-night stay. Concern about quality due to mixed reviews unwarranted.
Stayed 3 nights at the Clarion in Oct. 2004. The purpose of my trip was to shop at the Mall Of America. The hotel offered shuttle pick up from the airport and to and from the mall.
Great restaurant and bar
The common areas of the hotel were a little old and needs renovating. The room was above average with very comfortable beds. The restaurnat and bar are great. Food was above average as were the prices. Service. A+++. The only negative was the hours of the shuttle. If you dont rent a car, the shuttle stops picking up at the mall at 930. Dont plan a late dinner or movie as you will have to take a cab.
Good service and deals here
WE spent two nights at the Clarion Hotel in
Minneapolis and had a nice time. The hotel is older but they provide door to door service to the Mall of America and the front desk people were exceptional in their customer service. We got a package deal for the Mall of America and enjoyed the coupon book and the Aquariium as part of our fare there. They were expecting us and accepted our vouchers for the hotel very rapidly and check in was a breeze. Would definitely stay there again!
Great Value for a family
This hotel turned out to be a great value for my family. We had no trouble at this economy hotel. Conveniently located, clean rooms, decent size indoor pool, and complimentary newspaper were all amenities. Room service was not used and their was no complimentary breakfast. This hotel was close to several chain resturants but you had to get on the interstate and get off at another exit to find fast food. Fairly close to the mall of America, but we did not see a shuttle....Great rate however made this worth it. The pool was small but clean.
Worse hotel I've ever seen-dining room is a joke. No professionalism at all.
This is one of the worst hotels we have ever stayed at!!! Stacks of dirty dishes were piled in the hallway for several hours, from room service I presume. The restaurant which opened nearly 30 minutes late, had mediocre food, the service was so-so, and it was a bit pricey as well. The paper thin walls of our room allowed us to experience every moment of the late night partying in several adjoining rooms, as well as their frequent toilet flushing. We had planned to stay a second night having paid in advance, but my wife and I thought, "No way!!". Upon checking out the following morning(after just one night), we were informed that there was no one of authority available to authorize any sort of refund or considerations. We will never return!!!
Erate guarantee sucks
I made a booking with the central reservations at ... Their e-rate guarantee stipulated they would match and discount rates on the same hotel found on any other website by 10%. Well, I did find a cheaper rate on another website, but their customer service supervisor gave me all sorts of excuses as to why the rate could not be matched/discounted. These included being unable to access the other website, despite me giving explicit instructions, and providing email attachments. Choice Hotels did not live up to their guarantee, and I have since cancelled my reservation. I will not deal with a company that is not true to their word.