Value, price, and experience out of sync.
Posted Oct 1, 2016
So most of the hotels in Minneapolis were booked solid on the dates that I needed for a variety of reasons, including the Minneapolis Medical Design and Manufacturing Conference. Through Expedia I finally found this hotel - conveniently located on the LRT's Green Line and in the heart of the University of Minnesota's campus scene. Though expensive (I am a Hilton Honors Member and usually stay with that brand) it had rooms available and was within reasonable range of the Convention Centre. At the price ($763 CAD for two nights), I expected something a cut above Hilton Garden Inns and I was sorely disappointed. No complimentary breakfast - not even the machine-gun eggs, sausage rounds, and toast you get at Holiday Inn Express - in fact the room-service eggs benedict and a pot of tea - after all of the extra charges - cost me $30! It was cold and dried out. The hallway to the rooms had a wide, meandering stain down the middle, the bathroom was like every other bathroom except no fan, the beds did not have fitted bottom sheet so that it pulled out and made a wrinkled mess, and the TV offering was pathetic. The oops-I-forgot-something hotel store didn't have a freezer for all of those business men looking for a late-night ice cream bar. If you are driving to the hotel, make sure your GPS is up to date, it is quite tricky to get to, what with the LRT line.