A Real Bargin for Shoppers! A review of Crowne Plaza Hotel Minneapolis - Airport West Bloomington
This property is a keeper! I stayed 5 nights while on a business trip from a Friday to Wednesday towards the end of August, and I wished every business trip was a comfortable, inexpensive and relaxing as this stay.
This property was recently renovated; so recent you could still smell the freshness of the paint and carpet! The property had a complete facelift and now has a modern look and feel to it. From the reflection pool to the lighting and signage, everything about this property was well planned. One might expect to find such comfort and style in a downtown location. Clearly this property is a gem for Janus Hotels, the management arm of the property.
This Crowne Plaza held true to its upscale brand by providing a clean, comfortable and relaxing stay. The rooms are large, well appointed and have modern amenities such as: a comfortable bed, upscale bathroom and related amenities, Sony Dream Machines, free high speed internet access, 2 phone lines, desk, coffee maker, iron and did I mention the very comfortable beds!
According to Crowne Plaza advertising, they hired a sleep consultant, and you know what, this consultant really knows his topic because I had a great night of sleep every single night!
In fact, everything about this property seemed to center around a great night of sleep. From the comfortable beds to the free CD of relaxing music, to the sleep aid kit (includes sleep aromas, a bed mask, ear plugs and a night light), wall thermostat for the heating and air conditioning, sleep time tea bags and even a curtain clip, which keeps the curtains together so 99% of the light stays out (a brilliant little invention).
The room was very quiet and dark, and neither housekeeping nor the front desk disturbed my late day sleeping habits. Management really thought of everything to provide a better nights sleep.
As for the property, it has an indoor pool, dry sauna, whirlpool, room service until 11pm, and a modest exercise and game room. The lobby area is an extension of the bar and restaurant, and although small it was inviting and had a nice flow to it. And to provide a nice touch at night, candles were placed in the lobby area which provided a soft, relaxing feel upon arrival. The staffs, especially housekeeping and the front desk, were friendly and helpful.
As for the location, the Sheraton, Hilton Gardens and Clarion are across the highway, and the property is close to to several major corporate HQ. Jolsten, the class ring company, is across the street while Gander Mountain is 1 mile and Best Buy is about 3 miles away.
While a rental car is necessary (parking is free) to get around, the highway ramps are easy to find and there are several chain restaurants within a mile drive. You can stay without a car as the hotel does offer a free shuttle to and from the airport and Mall of America.
I booked my stay directly with the hotel and was able to negotiate a long term stay rate of $85 per night. This was a bargain as the hotel would be reasonably priced at $125 a night. Getting a good night sleep is worth every penny when you spend a lot of nights on the road.
All in all, book your room directly with the hotel and knock yourself out shopping because you are going to find a good bargain and a great night of sleep.
Whether you are planning a business trip, weekend of shopping, family reunion or just passing by, this should be your first property of choice. Everybody needs a good nights rest while on the road, and the Crowne Plaza Airport West is the place to find it.