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Billy of course is in heaven because one of the clubs is a block away from my cousin's and while I liked it and took advantage of it too, my enthusiaism was a little more animated about the Caribou Cafes that too, were right around the corner!.
We made it in just a few hours, no problems, no issues, just a quick drop off of Toni and her house and South Minneapolis, then it was home to my own house. Teri helped me unload the 2 weeks of road trip items, suitcases and all the junk.
It was a great road trip, but I am glad to be home!
WED: Stayed awake most of the night waiting for the alarm to go off at 6am. Still raining, but cleared as we left. The tailwind which whipped us from Chiacgo to La Guardia in no time at all is now a Big headwind and made the bumpy flight much longer than before. Great views of Lake Michigan coming in to Chicago. Time for lunch then on our way to Minneapolis. We are falling about laughing in Minneapolis airport cos everyone says ooooh yes and youuuu betcha. ...
... the appointment for later in the afternoon and I dutifully go. They put drops in my eyes and after twenty minutes of waiting, the doctor charges in. He's young, and in a big rush. He, at least, tells me what he's looking for as he hurriedly shines a bright light into my eyes: retinal tears or detachment. Apparently any problems with the retina show up as light. "No tears. Your retinas look fine," he tells me. "Have you noticed any new floaters lately?" As a matter of fact, I had. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hilton Minneapolis
Best sleep I've ever had
I stayed here for a conference and had my room paid for, so can't judge the value. I must say however the bed was the BEST, most comfortable bed I have ever slept in. A number of people at this conference all voiced the same opinion about the beds. Down comforter and SIX down pillows. I was in a junior suite which was very nicely appointed with plenty of room. Housekeeping was good. View from the 6th floor was not great, I was on the northside of the hotel, facing a parking garage and the roof, other rooms had much better views. Relatively convenient location (not directly in the heart of downtown, but a very short walk to lots of stuff).
Good hotel but I expected way more for the $$$
I recently stayed at this hotel for business. It's conveniently located and I was able to get to my office via skyway. That's important because it rained all day for the entire week I was staying at the hotel (not usually like that in MN).
The lobby is beautiful, service was good (no issues other then an annoying turndown service), the executive lounge was pathetic (barely anything of substance other then a coke or alcohol), the internet connect was good but you pay $10 a day for it, the view fantastic, the room was very ordinary and felt mildewy (I think it needs a renovation, and the in-room carpet was gross).
I really don't think this hotel is worth the price they charge. It's not a bad hotel it's just that you can get the same hotel for less (but maybe not in that conveniently of a location) or a MUCH better hotel for a little more (try the Grand or Marquette).
A very nice Sunday night at the Hilton
I took my boyfriend to the Hilton for his 30th birthday, and we had a lovely time. I booked it on Hotwire, and called the hotel to request a non-smoking room and a king size bed, and they weren't very accomodating -- saying all they could do was note that a request was made. However once we got there, the service was lovely. Beautiful lobby, and very nice pools and workout center. We got a corner room and the bed was so very comfortable and the room was big. Bathroom could have a been a tiny bit fancier. All in all though, a pretty nice experience.
I love this place! The views of the city are spectacular. The room is beautifully decorated. The beds are great! Very convenient to the best that Minneapolis has to offer. Front desk personel make you feel at home.
I have stayed many times at the Hilton Minneapolis for business and can give you an honest review about it. You will find that the hotel lobby is very nice and the rooms are fairly average. Some have beautiful views of the skyline and others of the parking garage. The hotel is very dry but the housekeeping has a select number of humdifiers on hand that you can request be brought up to your room. The meeting spaces, ballrooms, pool and workout facilities are all very nice and what you would expect from a hilton. I would also recommend not eating in their restaurants not because they are awful but because there are so many options near by. It is located right in the skyway and extremely accessible to all of the shopping, dining and entertainment that you would want to do in Minneapolis. The staff is very accomodating, the parking is reasonable and next to the Le Meridien it is probably the best place to stay in downtown minneapolis.
Hilton Minneapolis - Get a corner room and you'll love it
We stayed here May 5-7 and we find the spotty reviews here a bit more negative than our own experience. We took a corner room and we were rewarded a decent downtown view, plus a very large room that included a king bed, couch and a low glass table with three very comfortable stuffed chairs. The room looked to be about twice the standard size of the run-of-house rooms, (which some are citing as being on the small side.) It was immaculately clean upon arrival and housekeeping was decent throughout.
The front desk was helpful and there is parking underneath the hotel at $12/day, which you can charge to your room. Six high-speed elevators serve the 25 floors and there is not a lot of waiting around. The lobby is very nice and there is a large bar with tables that is elevated several feet. Smoking is allowed in this area (for better or for worse, depending on your point of view on these things.)
We tried the adjoining restaurant, Harmony's, which is open to the lobby. The seafood pasta was a decent choice for $15.95; well prepared and the service was excellent. The place was very quiet on this particular evening, though it was late and we observed that dinner can tend to be an early crowd here. (There are many choices of places to eat within walking distance and it's worth picking up a brochure that the Hilton makes available that lists them.)
The Twin Cities don't have the same kind of "hotel culture" that exists in cities like New York, Chicago, Washington DC or New Orleans, as examples. Consequently, it can be difficult to compare the prevailing service atmosphere with higher end properties in those types of environments. In addition, this is a new building and while it is very nicely done, a little history in a large hotel can go a long way toward providing some character. We give the Minneapolis Hilton an overall thumbs up and we believe it will probably become even better as it matures.
Not what I expected
Stayed there for Valentine day night, so the hotel was somewhat full. Had booked the reservation on Expedia so got a decent deal, but Expedia had it as a 4 star and there is NO WAY this place - at least the rooms - are 4 star. I'm a regular business traveler - over 75 nights a year on the road - so I think I know my star ratings. Now the place does have a beautiful lobby and the restaurant is a little better than average, but the rooms are WAY UNDER average, like the quality of a Holiday Inn Express. Small room, poorer quality furniture, no crown molding, no accent wall coverings - just not at all what the largest Hilton in a major market should look like. I even checked out the top floor, walking down the hall and peaking in a room open with a maid cart - no difference in décor, only higher ceilings. Conclusion: If your looking for something romantic, upscale and well furnished, this is not the place.
Nice lobby but stay elsewhere.
Beautiful lobby, great for walking to the convention center, but not much of a hotel. Rooms are small, ugly, musty, and over-priced. We had to rotate broken lamps and working lamps for lighting. We had 30 to 45 seconds of hot water for showering (in February). View was a parking ramp. I requested hypoallergenic pillows in my reservation, but that was ignored so my wife had to sleep at the foot of the bed. The concierge was nowhere to be found. Doormen made no effort to help us with luggage; just stood there staring. We switched to the Radisson for the rest of our vacation and were treated like royalty!
We love the Hilton Towers. The view of downtown at night was awesome, room was comfy, the fitness center is great, services unbelievable and everywhere downtown is accessible by skywalk. Most romantic hotel stay we have ever had, even if it was a business trip! Restaurant was so-so, but Ruth Chris steakhouse is right across the street and it's the best in Mpls!
Light and end of tunnel
Convention attendees wanted to extend stay, I was bumped from my room, given cab fare and another room (H/I - Metrodome - needs serious remodeling) for the evening and I had to shuttle my bags over the next morning to meet my other parties. I wasn't happy after a flight from hades and no air conditioning in the shuttle van- but they made up for it in a big way - upgrades and a fantastic bottle of wine, cheese and fruit tray awaiting me in my room when I returned from my business meetings.
Rooms are nice, lobby and restaurant is main attraction. Would definetly stay again. Only complaint, didn't have their own shuttle service to downtown...lower priced hotels offered this service.