The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel
Rates are too expensive !!!!!
Although I had a fair stay at this property, their rates are too high for what the property actually is. Their rates are like it was a top notch 5 star property. Unforunatley it is not.
For the value and accommodations, I will stay elsewhere next time in Minneapolis. The rates per night need to come down about 50.00 per night to be at the equal level of nearby national chain hotels. The waterpark is great, but I do not want to help fund it during the week when I have no children with me. I believe this is the main reason for this hotels high rates. BEWARE !!!!!
Loved the Depot
If you want a hotel that offers a urban location for the parents and a water park for young kids this is the place to stay. Keep in mind the water park is only open on weekends and is geared towards younger kids. The Depot is historic and very charming. The location is only blocks away from the Mississippi river and Stone Arch Bridge which are wonderful for walking and/or running. In addition the Mill City museum is just down the street and the Metrodome is walking distance also. We loved our stay!
Perfect for a Week-end Getaway with Grandkids.
We had an absoutly wonderful stay at the Courtyard Depot, in Minneapolis, MN. The service was excellent. We spent the weekend with our children and grandchildren, and we never found a need to leave the hotel. It had everything we could want.
The Water Park is perfect for all ages, it is spetacular. Everyone enjoyed Ice skating at the unique skating park. It's beautiful, especially at night.
Everyone had a great time that weekend. Our family will make the Courtyard Depot and annual event.
Great weekend away!!
About a month ago my family stayed at the Courtyard Depot in Minneapolis, MN. We had a wonderful time. My two daughters had a ball in the water park as well as the ice skating ring. I'll admit even my husband and I had fund in the water park.
We were privileged to get the grand tour of the facilities and the history of the old railroad depot, the building's architecture, and the extent of the remodel project.
The rooms and amenities were excellent as well as the service we received both from the hotel staff and the restaurant staff.
We truly had a pleasurable experience at this hotel and we will definately be back!
I stayed at the Courtyard Depot about a month ago and just heard of this site. We had such a wonderful time there I just had to give them a good review. This hotel has the best service and most friendly staff! We went there with some family and if you have children this hotel is a must; they have an exciting water park for both kids and adults and also an indoor ice skating rink. The kids had a ball and so did the parents. The rooms are very welcoming and comfortable while keeping the prices reasonable. Also the restraunt in the hotel has a great selection and even better food, you can watch them make your breakfast omlet or belgian waffle right in front of you. Not only is the hotel beautiful and accomodating it has a plethera of historical value! So if you are ever in the twin cities area there is no question as to where you should stay!!
I had a hard time rating the hotel because I really was surprised at how nice the rooms/decor and restored depot/rink were and I have no complaints about the staff. But the waterpark is what we stayed there for and what disappointed us. I will always use the Wisconsin Dells' hotels as benchmarks for weekend getaways with kids that enjoy water.
When we got there, they didn't have a room for us. We had to wait a few hours for our room to be cleaned. I took my kids to the waterpark, where they had fun for a little bit and then got tired of it. The waterpark was very loud and crowded, with only a few lifeguards, so I had to watch my kids carefully. Since the kids got bored and wanted to go to the arcade, I took them up there and ended up spending more money while we were waiting for our room. The whole place is a giant money pit. Finally we got to the room, which was right above the waterpark.
The line at check-in was out the door, when we finally got to the counter they acted as if we were bothing them or something. As far as parking keep in mind that they don't tell you until the last minute that it is $12 a night! The room was nice and clean, however the rest of the hotel was very dirty. The hallways outside the rooms were filled with trash, towels, and so many room service trays that they were days old.
Great value, great staff
We stayed at the Courtyard Depot on the recommendation of the Epinion review. We were not disappointed!
The staff was enormously accommodating, the food defied the hotel stereotype by a mile, the location convenient, the beds were extremely comfortable and the room was excellently appointed.
We would stay there again in a minute. Particular kudos to the staff.
Our daughter was at camp and we needed to send her something. They found us a box, directed us to a post office and even pulled up information for us on a website. Tremendous!
I love the depot, I stay there over 75 nights a year. It is comfortabble, convenient and affordable. If you are a business traveler, you might appreciate a few pointers. This is a family orinted hotel on the weekends, they have a beautiful ice rink and a waterpark, so watch out for waterpark specials, the place can easily fill with screaming kids. The underground heated parking is the only way to go in the winter, and its affordable. My only quibble is the street noise. Ask for a room on the courtyard side. The restaurant has improved quite a bit, and there is a wonderful coffee house just out the front door. They have a number of beautiful rooms in the old railroad depot part of the property that are great for romance, and the lobby in that building is perfect for weddings and receptions. They have a business computer in the lobby area and a wonderful bar and fireplace for relaxing. If not for the street noise, and some occasional upkeep issues (I hate that the housekeeping staff scuffs the walls with thier carts, they have very little respect for this beautiful hotel) I give it 5 stars.