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We'll have been here a week by the time we leave on Tuesday, and it's
been fabulous to find time with so many old friends - including the
unexpected bonus of being parked near Jan & Steve - who are close
friends who now live in Arizona!!
Tomorrow, we're going to the Mill City Museum with Fran - should be another fun ...
So the last week has been a bit crazy and that might be putting it lightly! For some reason, I thought it would be a great idea to work summer school, move my house and classroom, and then go on a trip to Europe. What was I thinking? We had a fun surprise by getting to ride to the airport with Uncle Ben and Mason. It was fun to visit with Mason and hear all about ...
... that I should probably get going... I had run out of time to explore his cans of worms (see what I did there?). We added each other on Facebook and I even got a little smooch on the mouth from him! But that was free.
So there I was, playing the standby game... After the coiled line of cattle waiting to be abused by LAX airport security staff as each person gets spoken to like they're an invalid passing through the X-ray booth, I kindly presented myself to the ...
... airport to find our next gate. The airport is SO big and filled with such different and neat stores/restaurants. Once we got to our gate, G2, we were shocked. There was an iPad for every chair in the restaurants and also tables set up in the waiting area with an iPad for every chair there too for anyone to use completely free!!! If you were to find a seat to wait for the plane basically it was at a table and if you wanted to talk with your travelling partner you would ...
... rancheros and the vegetable frittata. It was all so good. The huevos rancheros was our favorite. We forgot to try the homemade peanut butter and jelly bc the rest of the food was so good. Ryan loved his pancake which was a big as the plate. Sean got the grilled cheese, which he liked, but the pecan roll was his favorite. Next, we were off to the museum, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Millennium Hotel Minneapolis
What a Nice Hotel!
I recently spent 5 days at the Millennium; I had booked through the housing office of an association that was having its annual event in Minneapolis. After booking, I read the reviews here, so I was a bit apprehensive about staying there. I shouldn't have been, as it was a wonderful hotel. The staff was welcoming, and put forth a best effort every minute of every day to make my stay a good one. My room was small, but cozy and THOUGHTFULLY appointed. I LOVED that it had windows I could open so I could enjoy the spectacularly cool, dry air at night. It's convenient to walk all over downtown, and on the one day it rained, I used the skywalks. The food was good in all venues, and the wait service was in a "best ever" category. The small, but delightfully furnished lobby and Martini bar (with live piano music), was a great place to meet friends, and talk business. I would not hesitate to book there again. I had a GREAT time.
Horrible time at the Millennium!!!
We stayed at the Millennium Hotel in Feb. I was very excited to stay there because we had heard such encouraging things about it from friends and family who live in MN. I found a good rate on the internet. One hundred dollars a night and it was to include parking. We were visiting a lot of friends in Minneapolis that weekend as well as celebrating my birthday and another couple decided to join us at the hotel for a night. When calling to make reservstions we were assured that we would have ajoining deluxe rooms and there would be a complimentary breakfast in the morning. When we arrived the evening of our reservations we found that we had been lied to. When we checked in they told us they would be adding $12 to our bill for parking. I showed the man at the desk the print out I had with our reservation and confirmation number on it. It listed the ammenities including the free parking. He stated that he could not give us free parking because he didn't know how to make the adjustments on the computer. We then asked when the complimentary breakfast (they had promised us when making reservations)started in the morning. He told us we were welcome to purchase tickets for the breakfast in the morning but there was no complimentary breakfast. After finally getting checked in we made our way to our rooms only to find that our rooms were on opposite ends of the floor from eachother rather than being ajoined. Instead than hanging out in our extremly small and poorly maintained rooms (that looked nothing like the pictures on their site or in thier flyer) we decided to go down to the spa and hang out. When we got to the pool we found it to be dirty and small with no spa (as was mentioned on their web-site). By this time I was frustrated and went to the front desk to complain. The man argued with me that the web-site made no claim of a spa. When I asked him to pull up the hotels web-site on his computer and there was the mention of the spa he said it must have been referring to the spa at the gym down the street that I could purchase a discounted ticket to for $7 a person. Feeling more angry than anything we decided to go to the Martini bar that was raved about on their web-site. They bragged about being able to make over 30 different kinds of Martinis. The drinks ended up being small, watered down and over priced. The security guard the hovered over us also took away from the atmosphere. About 10pm we got fed up with being babysat by their security and decided to head up to our rooms. My fiance walked to the corner to get some beers for us to have in our room. When he re-entered the hotel the security guard questioned him. When he told her that he was a paying tenet at the hotel that night she didn't believe him and walked him up to our room and knocked on the door asking me if he really was staying with me in my room (even though he had already showed her his room key). When checking out the next morning I once again expressed my frustrations. The man at the desk said she could do nothing. I asked to speak to the manager and he told me that he wouldn't be in until 1:00 (one hour after check out time). It wasn't until 3 weeks later when I wrote to the corp. headquarters and threatened to report their company to the better business bureau that they refunded my credit card half of the bill. Needless to say we will never stay there again!!!
Wedding was wonderful...but sleeping rooms could use help
I stayed at this hotel last October '03 for a wedding that took place in the Large Ballroom. The wedding was great and everyone had a good time. The rooms however are another story. There are cords lying around the room, heater/cooler is out of date, the room is small, the rooms/decor are old, the restaurant was nothing to brag about and the staff at the front desk was very rude, especially one of the supervisors. Overall, the hotel did a wonderful job on the wedding but the rooms could use a little help. Parking was nice that it was next to the hotel and directions to the hotel were very easy. I would stay there again but ask for an updated Millennium Classic Room. We, unfortunately, stayed in the Standard room.
The standard hotel room is very small and the beds are doubles, not queen sized. I was told when I called initially that I could add a roll away bed to the room, but to make the request when we arrived. Upon arrival, I made the request and was told that it would be brought up immediately. When it did not arrive, I called the front desk, only to be told that I could not have a rollaway bed in the room as it was a fire hazard and the hotel would be fined. There was definitely a communication problem with the front desk. We were also told that children 2 and under ate the breakfast buffet for free, but when we ate there the next day, they were charged the same as any other child.
Another communication problem! The pool and location of it were a big disappointment-in the basement of the building. It looks like part of the parking garage. The pool is very small, there isn't a hot tub either. The building is clean overall-bedding is extremely uncomfortable-very itchy as if too much bleach has been used. Rooms are very hot and dry and the only way to cool room down was to open the window. Overall experience was not pleasant-we left a day early!
Changed our reservations
Stayed at the Millenium on Feb 7th and 8th. Overall the stay was nice, unfortunately we didnt recieve the upgraded millenium style room as promised and as paid for but the room was satisfactory. Martinis in the lobby are overpriced and wateredown. Staff is very helpful though, was a good stay, but it is at the opposite side of the skyway to most downtown shopping. Right beside the convention center and also next to the best meal i have ever eaten (Ichiban).
Valentines Day at the Millenium
We stayed in February 2003 for Valentines Day. This hotel is great!!
It's a pretty modern hotel in the heart of the city. Right across the street is the Hyatt which has the best Steak Place in Minneapolis (Manny's Steak House). The Millenium is also connected by skyway to the Minneapolis convention center so you can walk there if you are staying in town for a convention. The room we had was very modern with clear frosted glass countertop in the bathroom and very comfortable bed. The only negative thing I have to say about this hotel is that parking can be troublesome if there is a convention or event in town because the hotel shares a public parking garage. The whole hotel has undergone renovation and is spectacular. In the basement is a heated pool and sauna. Make sure to confirm that the room is a "Millenium Classic ...." or "Club" category, those are the updated and modern rooms. The "Standard" rooms are not decorated in the modern decor and are not as nice at all.
Very quiet, but not guest friendly
We stayed for one Friday night in October. Pros- Our room was very quiet and we slept well on very comfortable beds. Cons- Desk clerks were not the least bit friendly. We were charged more than the rate quoted on the phone, which they very reluctantly agreed to adjust. The sink leaked and the shower did not work properly.
Weekend at the Millennium
We stayed at the Millennium this past weekend for $99.00 + 13%tax per night. My husband and son had tickets for the Packer/Viking game and we wanted to stay somewhat close to the Metrodome so they didn't have to drive to the game. The hotel is at the far end of Nicolet Ave, close to the convention center.
For those of you looking for a "resort feel" or hotel ammenities, the Millennium is not for you. There is a small Martini Bar when you enter the hotel, but that is it for lounges. There is also one small restaurant called Nic's next to the bar. We looked at the pool which was average in all ways. The room had two full beds (not queen) and a desk with a chair, and was still crowded. The bathroom was very small and nondescript, didn't even have a fan.
BUT, for what we wanted the hotel was fine. It was easy to park in their lot, our "Freedom Package" rate included unlimited free parking and $25 per night bar and food credit, making this a good deal for a downtown hotel on the weekend. The staff was pretty friendly and helpful, room was outdated but clean enough. The guys were able to take a cab to the Metrodome for $5.00 + tip, but ended up walking the 10 or so blocks back because of the crowds and no cabs, but they said it wasn't a bad walk at all and there were lots of other also walking back to their hotels. Wouldn't want to do it in the dead of winter, though.
The registration desk had great little direction slips for Mall of America and the various main interstates, which made getting around very easy.
A Very Acceptable Hotel
This hotel was fine. Looks like the lobby was recently renovated, but guest rooms only received new furnature. Bathrooms are small and very dated, but overall, a very acceptable hotel.
Trouble at the Millennium
Stayed at this hotel on 8/02..awakened middle of night with fire alarms blaring..walked down from 4th floor...no fire..waited for 45 minutes in nightwear..finally able to return to room. Then the alarms rang again at 8 am...and at 10:30 while having breakfast there..No offer of discount on our bill however...lost a lot of sleep too.