Travel Blogs from Minneapolis
Day 10 Minneapolis and St. Paul
Miles traveled: 38
States covered: Minnesota (Twin Cities)
Weather: Hot, humid and sunny
Meltdowns: 0...we're on a roll (and we let Abby have so many treats today she barely had time to complain!)
Highlights: Hell's Kitchen, Minnesota State Capitol, NPS stamp at …
Day 9 Wisconsin Dells to Minneapolis
Miles traveled: 267
States covered: Wisconsin, Minnesota (New state for Paul: # 49!!, Owen #9 , Abby #29 )
Meltdowns: None worthy of comment...yeah!
Highlights: Forevertron, Dinner with Feno in Minneapolis
Abby QOTD: @ Breakfast in Wisconsin Dells: "What State are we …
... we will take the midnight flight to Lima. While waiting, mom and I went "out" for dinner at a Cuban restaurant. We ate yuca, fried chicken, fried fish, spanish rice and plantains. The food was only ok but for the taste the price should be lower.
During the plane ride I like sitting by the window and seeing the view when we are in the clouds I took two pictures.
I don't want to bore you guys so I'll add more when I get to Lima.
... 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 ...
... I could rent a bike for $6 for the day so I did. Minneapolis is a great place to bike! They have this super long, scenic bike trail that connects all of downtown and exits on all the major roads. I spent a good 2 hours biking around and seeing the city. There are a lot of really cool looking cathedrals and churches here. I ate lunch at a place called "Hell's Kitchen" where I fit right in because of my tattoos.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews The Marquette Minneapolis
I just spent the weekend in Minneapolis and stayed at The Marquette Hotel. I got a great deal of $60 a night and the room I stayed in was more like a suite. It had a king sized bed as well as a full size desk. The furnishings reminded me of contemporary Scandinavian. The staff was well informed about places to see and directions.
I highly recommend this hotel.
The best hotel in minneapolis!!
This is a fabulous hotel! I travel all the time and the Marquette is one of my favorites. The staff was friendly, fun and always willing to help. The rooms are so comfortable with desks, cd players, steam showers--and the pillows are the best! My room had wrap around windows that gave me a complete view of downtown. There are restaurants, shopping and dancing all right outside your door. The bell men give excellent restaurant suggestions and are always one step ahead of you in making a reservation. I highly recommend this hotel. The next time I am in Minneapolis there is no question where I will stay--it doesn't get better than this.
Very Good Downtown Hotel, Excellent Location
The hotel staff was very friendly and helpful. Parking was easy and convenient. The room was clean and spacious. We stayed Friday and Saturday night... Saturday they didn't come to clean our room until 5:00 when we were just getting back from a day out, inconvenient. The location is excellent. It is an easy walk to the Metrodome, Target Center and historic riverfront. It's part of Nicollet Mall and is also right next to the Warehouse/Theatre District featuring restaurants and night life.
The staff are the greatest you'll find anywhere! The bellmen, especially. They take care of your every need with a smile on their face and give speedy service. Our room was very comfortable and the location is close to absolutely everything you could need.
I went to a convention in Minneapolis and the hotel was beyond what I expected. I had a regular room and not the executive kind. The rooms were beautiful and large. All of the furniture was very nice. There was a huge desk for you to work on and even a shoe polisher. The bathroom had a phone, a scale and a steam bath. I was so amazed after staying at hotels that charge you 6-10 bucks for water, that the Marquette had bottles of water for free. The business center was great as well with free cookies and coffee. I also got an amazing deal on Priceline for this hotel for only 60/nite. The staff was very friendly and would consistently call me by my name. The location is perfect for any kind of traveler because it is connected to a mall with good restaurants, a kinkos and even a gap and banana republic. And even if you leave that mall, there are numerous good bars and restaurants within walking distance (I had to stay for the week). I recommend this hotel to everyone.
I stayed in the Marquette on one of the executive floors. This hotel has your basic turn down service as well as outstanding housekeeping, and it is really worth your money for fine accomodations. Available to executive guests only, they offer a beautiful cocktail lounge for rest & relaxation.
The sheets are clean and sleeping was a breeze and very comfortable. I would most certainly stay here again. It meets an A+ standard.
Loved the Marquette
The Marquette is a great hotel! I stayed here for my bachlorette party. The staff upgraded our rooms to the executive floor free of charge. The room was very nice and had a great view! Our night out was incredible and the staff was very helpful in planning our night. They made dinner reservations for us and even arranged for a limo to take us around town. I would recommend this hotel. Will definately stay here again!
I have been staying at the Marquette for the past year and have been in Minneapolis for the past 18 months. The Marquette is an amazing hotel with friendly staff and AMAZING room service. It is part of the HILTON chain, but is far better than any other HILTON I have every seen. The hotel has all TV channels that you could want (MTV, VH1, A&E, HBO, BRAVO, Comedy Central, etc.) along with all of the standards. The rooms on the upper levels have steam rooms (you close off the shower and it turns into a steam room). The executive lounge has multiple types of wine, amazing variety of cheeses, fresh fruit (and not just cantalope and honeydew) as well as cookies and one hot appetizer. The hotel is currently undergoing renovations for all guest rooms. I have stayed in the example rooms and they are beautiful - marble floors, amazingly comfortable beds, etc. The bar/lounge and lobby have already been renovated. I recommend this hotel to everyone.
I booked the Marquette on Priceline. I wanted to stay downtown so we would be close to the Metrodome for the Vikings/Giants game. Everything was SO expensive downtown so I decided to go onto Priceline to see what I could get. They booked me at the Marquette, which I was initially excited about due to the great deal I received ($70/night-regularly between $2-300/night). I went to trip advisor, which I normally visit before I travel, and I got really nervous about the room, seeing reviews that said it was "a piece of crap and very dirty." I called the hotel and they reassured me that it wasn't and that the rooms were clean and more on the upscale side of things. I couldn't cancel my room so I decided to just go with it. I was dreading what I would see all week. When we got there, we were greeted by some rather rude staff members who expected a large tip for carrying our luggage 20 feet even though we didn't ask them to. We also received several stares as we were walking through the hotel by people wearing expensive suits and so forth, as we were in our sports clothing, ready for the NFL game! However, the hotel itself was beautiful. It was anything special, I will agree with that, but it was clean and well kept and very ritzy in the lobby. We stayed on the executive floor, which you need a key to even get up to, and the room was really nice! Nothing was dirty or unkept. The beds were the most comfortable I have ever stayed in, as they had expensive pillow top mattresses. The steam bath was so relaxing and the bar was stocked. We had a beautiful view of the city from the 15th floor and it was connected to the Nicollet Mall, which is fun to walk around. It was nice to see something different for decor as well in our room, as the floral patterns really get old and drabby in most hotels. The hallways need some definite updating and remodeling, as they were peach in color and worn, but who cares. As long as the rooms are nice and clean, which they were! We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Marquette. We travel A LOT and stay at 5 star resorts often and this hotel was nicer than one of the resorts we stayed in at Miami Beach. I am an EXTREMELY picky person when it comes to hotel rooms/resorts and their cleanliness. Take it from me....I would definitely recommend the Marquette!
Do not stay here
The staff was nice but the actual hotel is a piece of crap. The lobby is nothing special. The rooms are horrible- cheap furniture, windows filthy, the light green courdoroy couch had stains and cigarette burns all over it. The bed was rock hard. And the comforter looked like it was about 20 years old. Trust me, we are not particular people but were blown away at how terrible the rooms are. I have stayed in Super 8 and Econo Lodge rooms that were a lot nicer. We paid $249 for this room, I would not have paid $39 if I had seen it beforehand. Minneapolis: I truly hope you do not consider this a "luxury" hotrel as it is classified on the web. I am sure you have nicer.