Radisson Hotel Bloomington by Mall of America
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Hello all! just writing to you all from Panera Bread in Minnesota! Also writing to you on my brand new Kindle Fire HD that my husband bought me as an early birthday gift! He is the best!! ;) So blessed to be married to him. Ok I'll stop with the mushiness... so Jonathan and I have had this week off and it's been great!!;We have gone to the Mall of …
Okay so i have to say this is the worst hotel on the face of the planet most of the employees are great the one manager val is awsome but every other manager needs to hire more and cut the workers some slack they work up to 12 hour days with barly any breaks and they are stuck in the coffee shop untill a manager is good and ready to give them a …
Normally we are running late to the airport. Like when we were going to Paris, we almost missed the plane, no seriously. They were paging us like crazy and we had to sprint to the gate.
Today though, we were on time but of course, the plane delayed. Why is it that when you're running late, the plane is early but when you're running on time, the plane is late? Go figure!!!!
From Minneapolis, we will fly to Chicago, then to Miami and after a 4 ...
... the cost for parking while there is a Vikings (football) game on if $25 while the Twins (baseball) is only $10. Guess baseball is a cheaper game to see all around.
Have gravitated to AmericInn Hotel & Suites which costs a little more than Super 8 or Motel 6 but they have a swimming pool and spa and much more comfortable/cleaner rooms.
After cooling off in the pool, I headed off ...
... Austin, MN or Red Wing, MN
THE BEST PLACE EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Mall of America is so huge. It has a ton of rides in it including three roller coasters, a Ferris wheel, one of those swing things that go around, and even a log chute! It has more than 520 stores. We went to American Girl Place, Mall Of America Gift Shop, Papyrus, Claire's and even more. Just think of a store ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Radisson Hotel Bloomington by Mall of America
We were pleasantly surprised upon checking into the Grand Lodge and Waterpark. I was traveling with my 12 year old, 16 year old and his 17 year old friend. the kids had a blast in the waterpark. There was such a good variety of things for them to do. It also offers a specific area for little ones to play; my sister joined us one day with her toddler, who also had a blast. The website package prices are a great deal, especially if you have AAA. The waterpark only admission is a little steep at $24.95 and $15.95 for observers, but included with some package prices, it is a great deal. We enjoyed the hotel restaurant for both breakfast and lunch; the hotel offers a buffet breakfast at a nice price, and the pizzas for lunch are great! There is also a coffee shop, and a "fast food" style eatery within the park that we did not get to try. Our room was very spacious, everything was brand new. We had a king size bed, a pull out sofa, and a bunk bed, so the room can easily sleep a lot of people, and did not feel cramped at all. I do recommend that you pick a room not facing the waterpark. noise was not a big problem as the doors are quite soundproof, but the waterpark lights stay on until 12am and the cutains are not the blackout type. You also have no clue what it is like outdoors from that side of the hotel. The hotel also offers a nice lounge for the parents to relax in with a full bar, as well as 24 hour workout facilities and a full service spa, all very close to the Mall of America. I would definitely recommend this hotel, and would likely stay here again upon retuning to Minnesota.
This hotel was a great way to spend a weekend with the kids! I will say this was the best hotel bed I have ever slept on! Very Comfortable and very clean!! The employees were very kind and helpful, and the food at the reasturant was very good! You will truly enjoy this hotel!
I stayed there with my 2 sons -an older teenager and a young adult. They loved the water park and spent every minute there that they could. They also enjoyed the exercise room which has windows overlooking the park. The hotel and the room itself were clean and attractive. We had to wait until about 4:30 or 5:00 in the afternoons to have our room cleaned and our linens exchanged which is much longer than I have ever waited in other hotels. They are quite chintsy with the toiletries and paper cups, coffee etc. Local calls will cost 75 cents and there is no payphone in the entire hotel which we found quite inconvenient. The bunk beds were far too small and would only be appropriate for those under 10. The sofa sleeper bed was horribly uncomfortable but the main king bed was great. If you need complete darkness to sleep don't choose a pool side room- they keep the water park lights on all night and the drapes block very little of it. Also, one morning we were awakened before 7:30 by the staff having fun in the surf-rider/wakeboarding ride; not very professional. But the desk staff was very courteous and Robert went out of his way to accommodate us. We did not eat in the hotel as we found their prices quite high but there are many restaurants within a few minutes drive. We usually stay in hotels that offer continental breakfasts so that is one thing we wish they would implement but at least they have fridges and microwaves in every room. We used our CAA membership to get a great rate and paid only $99. Passes to the park are extra.
Great Deal!! Our family just returned from a 3 night stay at the Grand Lodge from June 19-21. We were traveling with extended family and wanted a place that would be accomdating to all age groups. We definitely found a deal at the Grand Lodge! By making the reservation through the hotel itself we were able to take advantage of the deluxe king room special which included 4 water park passes at a price of $119.00 plus tax per night. The water park admission itself was $17.95 per person so we found this to be quite a deal. Our new spacious rooms were as described by previous reviewers. The rooms did have a nice large closet with sliding doors, large drawers in the dresser, and a nice closed cabinet space above the fridge and microwave where we chose to store some groceries. One thing I would like to mention is that the decor was contemporary so that included the light fixtures. Although the lights looked very nice, our party found the functional use of lighting to be a little lacking. It was particularly dim in the sink area.
I made reservations for Grand Lodge for the 19th of June, I wanted to stay so our family can take advantage of the free water park passes (4), not only did we get our 4 passes for the day of our stay, but even 4 more for the next day, at $18 for a pass, we basically got $144 of free water park passes with the purchase of a room for $135, so basically the room cost was a wash.
Needs Some Work
Oh boy this place needs some work. For one no guest guide which would of been nice instead of calling down to the front desk to know when the WaterPark or arcade was going to close. Also a menu from the restrant in the room instead of guessing would have been nice. When we called the restrant they obviously didnt know what was on the menu because they didnt know whether or not there was breadsticks.
The WaterPark was ok as we were all entertained but could for the largest WaterPark in the USA have more to do.
We liked how close it was to the MOA but this place just needs some customer service, and food service work.
We stayed at the Grand Lodge the weekend of Memorial Day. The room was really nice with a king size bed, built in bunk beds, and a pull out sofa. It was just me and my husband to stay, but we could have had 4 kids too! The room was very nice with tiled floors, flat screen TV, and fairly comfortable bed. It was definitely kid orientated in the water park. My nieces ages 15 months and 2 1/2 had a blast in the kid play area. There was not as much action for adults as compared to Wisconsin Dells, but adequate for our needs. The locker room had lockers that you had to pay $1 every time you opened them which was a bummer. By the end of the holiday weekend, there was long lines for the tube rides. I would suggest going on a day that is not a holiday. Overall nice room. Adequate water park, but don't expect Noah's Arc.
We stayed for two nights three weeks after it opened and my wife and kids had a fantastic time. I would definatly go again. The water park theme and hotel was themed so fun! We have taken our famy to Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon in Disney World and while we know that no one could ever top that, we were impressed with the Grand Lodge water park anyway. Fun is still fun. My wife and I were impressed that it was not "over-done" or cheesy. We were afraid that we would get to a North Woods themed hotel and find some crappy knotty pine and flannel every where...Alas it was actually a classy hotel. We thought the rest. food was excellent and very reasonably priced for the quality. Our waitress was so polite and professional that we complimented her to her manager. I have been to the Dells three time over 15 years and I'd rather stay in town for the weekend than waste $150 for gas to get to the dells and be overwhelmed by cheesy hotels with a lot of less than desirable people around. We'd go back to the Grand Lodge again.
Regarding the Waterpark
We stayed in Minneapolis for 5 days-- on day #4 we decided to phone ahead in the morning and see if we could get into the waterpark-- The person on the phone said 'Yes' the waterpark was open, and told us the hours...I asked about admission prices and they told us that too... and NOTHING ELSE was mentioned... When we got there later in the day, there was hastily printed signs that the general public was no longer being admitted--- Sure would have been nice had they TOLD US EARLIER that morning that you had to be a guest at the hotel to be guaranteed admission.... As the previous reviewer noted-- if they're supposed to be the 'Biggest Waterpark etcetc'... you'd figure they wouldn't be limiting the number of people being admitted....What a Letdown