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Rating: 3.61

Address: 615 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN, 55414
  • Mon: 6:00 am - 5:30 am
  • Tue: 6:00 am - 5:30 am
  • Wed: 6:00 am - 5:30 am
  • Thu: 6:00 am - 5:30 am
  • Fri: 6:00 am - 5:30 am
  • Sat: 6:00 am - 5:30 am
  • Sun: 6:00 am - 5:30 am

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Comments (46):

1. Yo Y.
Location was great, parking stunk (limited close spots, and expensive either way), restaurant was waaay overpriced (do yourself a favor and stock up on breakfast items from the local CVS, or get something from the attached Starbuck's).  Rooms were nice enough, but air conditioning was too loud and staff didn't clean our room half the time, even though we were out early.  Sound proofing stunk, the people next door kept us up half the night and they weren't even being that loud, but it felt like they were in the room with us.  Our TV was broken when we checked in, maintenance fixed it very quickly, though.  Even so, the signal wasn't great.  We mainly chose this hotel for the free internet, and it did not work (except in the lobby) for the first 5 days of our stay.  We complained multiple times each day and were finally given a Starbuck's gift card for a whopping $7.50.  Yeah, thanks.  How about validating my parking instead?? Really, this is a pretty nice hotel, but I expect better for the price.  Will not choose this place again if internet access is important.

15/07/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
2. Sarah M.
Worst hotel experience in 10 years!! Do not book a room here! The first room they put us in had 2 double beds - not the king sized bed we reserved. Worse still, there was blood spattered all over the bathroom and on the ceiling! So they put us in another room with the king sized bed they supposedly didn't have available before, but we were woken up this morning by a jackhammer right in the room above us! I measured the noise level with an app on my phone - 93 decibles for over an hour! The photos online are a lie, it looks and smells like a dirty old Raddison, and there is no gym or restaurant.

18/10/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
3. Kevin B.
We were eating at the Beacon Public House (see my review), and had dug in for a pretty decent eating/drinking session on the order of seven hours or so.  After awhile, the prospect of driving home became more and more dreadful.  We decided to see if they had any open rooms and they did.  Valet parked the car and got into a nice king room, no notice and no reservation with no fuss and a military discount on top of it all.  Further, since we hadn't packed or brought *anything at all*, they were nice enough to assemble full-scale toiletries for me and my wife, which they dropped off in our room while we were in the restaurant.  The hotel lobby and rooms are all tastefully decorated and the hotel itself is situated near myriad university-area shops, restaurants and bars.  Looks like a light rail stop will be up and running right outside in the near future.  A wholly satisfying experience! I'd definitely stay here again if I found myself in the area.

09/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
4. Jenn W.
We had a lovely time on a college search trip - felt luxurious at a reasonable price (got a great blind deal on the internet that really paid off).  Fun style - good restaurant and bar - the bartender even played with our 17 year old sons and made them mocktails to discuss and explore their tastes!

10/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
5. Paula C.
Yep, staying here for a conference and the room is decent. There's no fan in the bathroom (which is a pet peeve of mine) and our coffee maker doesn't work. I typically don't drink coffee, but here I was breaking all the rules. I pushed the on button and nothing. I double check all the steps, make sure it's plugged in, and still nothing. That was a bit of a bummer. Also, there doesn't seem to be enough convenient outlets around the room. There's one on the desk that's easily accessible, but that's it.

However, I do have to say the free shuttle around town is AMAZING. They run on a reservations system, so you might want to reserve a time just in case.

Lastly, they're undergoing some major construction right now, so everything in the lobby is makeshift (check in desk, no work out room, etc.) I don't know what that will be completed, but just keep that in mind if you're looking to book here for the next few months.

16/09/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
6. Terri K.
This place COULD be great, but well, it's not.  
It's cutely redecorated and the rooms are nice.  I stayed with extended family and they all complained about the radiators being too loud.  The cleaning staff was not reliable: we were gone all day with a "please clean" notice hanging on the door, and yes, no cleaning took place.
This place needs a lot of work on it's attention to detail and that aint happenin with the 25 year old I could give a hoot staff.  Where is the manager?  Where is the person that cares?  Not the underemployed recent graduate that's working there wishing they had a real job.  We got our bill with a check out notice a day early.  The free wifi suddenly shut down.  A number of small odd mishaps which didnt really ruin the trip.
I am a whopping 5'5" and my feet touched the end of the bed.  uhhhh what does a six footer do?
We ate and the mediocre overpriced Beacon restaurant, once only.  hugely disappointing.
The gym is fantastic, nice walkway to parking lot, well located hotel.  There is an attached Starbucks, Applebee'sif-you-eat-dog-food and the hotel restaurant all within reach.  I think I would choose somewhere else if I was forced to go the midwest again.

08/02/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
7. Sarah G.
The Commons is a great place to stay and especially if, like me, you're going to be in town for a few days and need to access the University campus.  The hotel is walking distance to both the East and West bank campuses, near to many eateries/drug stores, a Starbucks on the main lobby floor, and once the light rail begins running is located directly on the University line.  The front desk service is good, workout room clean and well stocked, and the room's are cozy though they have limited windows.  I love comfortable beds with lots of pillows and crisp sheets.  This place has all of that. The housecleaning could be better but it's certainly not terrible--just a bit inconsistent now and again.  Definitely check out the Beacon restaurant in the lobby.  It's got great food and a super tight bar/bartender.  Innovative, fresh, local food marks this restaurant.  Also hang out by the amazing lobby fire place.  It just about saved my life in the 7 degree Minneapolis winter!  

I'd definitely stay at the Commons again.

02/12/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
8. Vanessa T.
We are responsible adults.  Most of the time.  After spending seven hours in the Beacon Public House, we smartly chose to stay at the Commons overnight.  Since we initially had no plans to stay overnight, and thus minus razors and toothbrushes and toothpaste, the hotel provided us with these.  All my husband had to do was go to the front desk and request a room and all was taken care of.  The bonus is that we received a military discount!  If we find ourselves in Minneapolis again, I can say with a strong degree of certainty that we would stay here, and I'd recommend this hotel to anyone!

12/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
9. Heather C.
The staff was helpful and attentive.  The decor is simple and elegant.  Very accomodating and perfect location for a visit to the U and the complimentary shuttle to downtown Minneapolis was perfect for us!  Great service - much appreciated.  I will be back!

30/08/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
10. Lodore B.
First I want to say that the customer service here is AWESOME! The folks at the restaurant, the bell desk, and the front desk are all very cordial and accommodating. The issues I have with my stay have nothing to do with service. In fact, if we hadn't had the issues below, I would have given it 5 stars.

We stayed for one night in late June. Luckily, it wasn't a super hot or humid day because the AC in our room wasn't functioning. Upon calling the (wonderful) front desk clerk, we were told that the AC was out in the entire hotel and that the engineers were working on it. Unfortunately, it wasn't complete before we had to shower and get ready for the evening. When we returned later that night, it was working but not well. In addition to that, the thermostat was on the fritz. I set it to 72 before bed. When it reached the allotted temp it would click off but only for about one or two minutes. Then it would click audibly between off and on for a while before the air came on for a few brief seconds, then the process started all over again. This lasted for about an hour before I finally just turned it off only to discover that it turned itself back on later that night. This went on all night. In addition, when we woke up (to street construction downstairs) we were presented with a bill for $15 for parking in the main lot. This would have been just fine but we were never notified in any way of a parking fee. When we complained, the parking fee was removed but nothing was done about the AC issue.

A hotel that costs nearly $200 a night in the summer (when all the students are gone) should be able to provide a comfortable stay. That's really what you are paying them for. I feel bad for the staff but I will not be recommending this hotel to my Minnesota or Iowa friends; on the contrary, I am forced to advise them to look elsewhere. No excuse for a bad nights sleep.

01/07/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
11. James M.
ugh

06/12/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
12. Megan A.
I travel about 4x a month and normally, I am thankful that I have a bed.  I've stayed in beautiful and horrible hotels...generally- a bed is a bed.  However, I stayed at the Commons Hotel in December 2012 and I was blown away.  

The decor was superb-truly outstanding!  The staff was extremely friendly and helpful and the business center catered to my every need without any extra charge.  The beds were super comfortable, the bathroom was modern and spacious with excellent shampoo, conditioner, lotion, mouthwash, bath gel and q-tips.  I felt safe in the building and walking around in the nearby area and there was even a Starbucks inside the hotel!  I was in heaven.  

It isn't often that I will stay at a certain hotel, I usually go with the cheapest option out of 3.5 stars, but I will def. be reserving a room at this establishment the next time I stay in MN.

15/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
13. Jeanne C.
Great hotel if you can buy a groupon like voucher which we did for 79.00 a night including parking. Rooms are really nice. Good beds and quality amenities. We found the housekeeping understaffed . Left our room at 11 am and returned at 330 and room still not made up. That is not a hotel that should be charging 250.00 a night as it is not just a fancy room but the service that is important. Beacon bar is also very well designed with interesting cocktails but we were disappointed in the over priced, small appetizers. We would stay again but only with a groupon. We would have been disappointed if we paid full price.

05/10/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
14. Silena C.
What a charming boutique hotel set on a large university campus. Stayed two nights for a one-day conference and have nothing but good things to say. The decor is very industrial modern, looks like they pulled items straight out the restoration hardware catalog. The bed was absolutely one of the most comfortable I've been in.  The breakfast was very tasty and affordable. The staff was very accommodating and were quick to solve a billing issue on my day of checkout. I would definitely stay here again.

10/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
15. Suzanne H.
When I walked in, I was blown away.  Great ambience.  Great location if you are going to a gopher football game.  Nice public spaces.  Friendly staff.  And, as it turns out, free and fast wifi.

HOWEVER.  Three things (#2 being most important):
1.  Please note what almost every reviewer mentioned--the AC doesn't cool down.
2.  And here is something I haven't read--room service food and prices are BAD.  If you have read any of my stuff, you know I am always blown away by the price differential between the midwest and CA.  However--this hotel is an exception.  We had room service:
hamhock nachos (the cheese was coagulated--I HATE that)
6 (SIX) buffalo wings
1 bottle of wine
Guess how much that cost?  81 freaking dollars in Minneapolis.  Of course, there was a 21% gratuity plus a $3 delivery charge.  But--nine dollars for six wings?  Let me tell you.  We were still hungry when we got done.  And I am ticked.  I am used to paying up for stuff in CA and Chicago and NYC.  Minneapolis--you ain't NYC or Chi town.  Get over yourself with these prices and portions.  And, you know I am NOT a "big portion" gal....but this is ridiculous.  The wings were good--just not enough of them.  The nachos sucked.  Really bad food and prices.  And a 21% gratuity?  Even NYC is 18.5%....yeah, my bad for not going down to the bar and getting the bottle myself and avoiding 21% on a bottle, but still.....see my comments on Punch Pizza for comparative values....
3.  Last thing--cable sucked.  Some people watch TV late at night.  Yeah, you had big ten network--yeah!!  But, how about MLB?  It's playoff time--no MLB?  I think the hotel had maybe 40 channels. No NFL network for Thursday games.   Not acceptable.  This is 2013.  Upgrade your cable--oh, and the cable cut out all the time.  It paused, then cut out.  At home we would reboot the cable box.  Can't do that in hotel room.  Unacceptable.  Had to get engineer up here one night to change the channels!  He was there quickly and got the job done, but still...

01/10/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
16. Chris S.
Okay. The amenities and the rooms are nice,  but our TV never worked and they skipped housekeeping outright one night (we had been out of the room from 10A-9P). Given the cost, could be better.

15/04/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
17. Jeff K.
Had an excellent time in my stay. The room/lobby are freshly remodeled and a just great. The hotel is a stones throw from most of campus and many of the off-campus establishments. Solid amenities, and access to the campus gym. Topping things off are is a friendly, helpful staff.

Only ding in my opinion is with the sound attenuation. The walls don't help cut out noise or conversation.

06/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
18. C-Aye P.
My wife stayed here on for a performance of her show.  She left her phone charger behind and they made every effort to locate it and as a result, they sent it to us.  Small matter, but it meant a lot.  I appreciate their excellent customer service.

02/11/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
19. C J.
We were extremely disappointed.  Bad sleep because of elevator noise ACROSS THE HALL!  People getting on and off talking, the doors opening and closing, etc.  When I called from home before driving to Minneapolis, the front desk assured me there was free parking in the adjoining lot.  When we arrived they gave me a hang tag, but without specifiying that it was not free, they charged me $15 for it!  PWLEAZZ!  Then the coffee.  They provide one free cup per person in the room, but charge $1 for another cup, come on!  No coffee or breakfast downstairs, only Applebee's.  Is that the best they can do?  The only nearby restaurants are oriental.  They offer "high speed" internet for an extra charge but "regular" internet is included.  For this price, I expect more.  More amenities, more service, and more disclosure.
The lobby is very dark and has a low ceiling. The staff doesn't know how the new light rail works, and the handout for restaurants needs updating.  Its pathetic!  There is a train right out the door and they have no idea of restaurants except the pathetic ones across the street or in Dinkytown.  There is more to Mpls/StP than the 5 minute vicinity of The Commons.

24/06/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
20. Greg S.
Our room was robbed at this hotel on 6/25/14. We had multiple items of jewelry stolen. The rooms DO NOT HAVE A SAFE and the hotel expects you to check in valuables at the front desk for the safe they have downstairs. It's completely unrealistic that guests have to go through that process everyday during their stay and not have a safe in the room.

The jewelry was in the room at 5pm when we left for a walk and was still there at 6:20 pm when we left for dinner. We went downstairs and had the desk make us dinner reservations and we retuned at 10pm. Our daughter was back in the room at 8:40pm. When my wife looked for her jewelry box (hidden in the clothes drawer because there isn't anywhere else to 'hide' it) the next morning it was gone, just gone. The only people who knew we were out of the room in that small time window was 2 members of the hotel staff.

When my wife reported the theft to the manager he said he needed to look into things and get back to her. He came to the outside of the room (didn't knock or introduce himself or indicate he was there) to take a door card reading and then over an hour went by without him getting back to us. I went downstairs and asked for him and he magically had the door entry paperwork that didn't show an entry during that time and basically said there was nothing they could do. He wasn't sure if someone could manipulate the I.T. information or not. Doesn't seem too difficult to me if someone knows what they are doing.

The staff knew we were gone, the manager came to the room and didn't let us know he was there getting information and then took an hour to get a computer print out together that shows no hotel staff came in the room. You be the judge if this many coincidence's and shady actions make sense to you. No matter your thoughts they still don't have a safe in the room and your belongings are at risk.

02/07/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
21. Marlon B.
I got this hotel through priceline.com and when I arrived late, see hair on the bed and called the front desk. Told them I was leaving for a late dinner, and I needed the sheets changed.

They told me the housekeeping staff was gone for the day so there was nothing they could do accept bring some linens. I had to call a total of 3x in order to even receive the linens.

How is it that I paid for a room, but I had to change the linens in which they did not even want to bring those.

Terrible customer service, all kids that just don't care.

If you are looking for good service, this is not the place.

06/07/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
22. Abby M.
I stayed at The Commons for two nights as well as has my small wedding ceremony and dinner reception here.  I had a wonderful experience.  The hotel is beautiful and Brenda P was great to work with!

15/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
23. Douglas D.
Excellent service. Great location. Very enjoyable stay on college visit with son. Staff always asked if anything they could do to help. Shuttle van was used several times making frigid temps a lesser issue. Hope to go back.

07/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
24. Micah C.
Overall a solid experience here. We stayed here with our wedding party and really liked the rooms and the service. There were some hiccups with arranging the shuttle (they told us two hours before the wedding that they were double-booked, but they came through with free town cars for the guests, which saved the day). Parking was also kind of a pain -- even though we paid $15 a night, the lot filled up (I presume the hotel oversold it since it's supposed to be exclusive to them) and I had to go to the ramp and validate my ticket.

18/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
25. Nicole W.
Allow me to be brutally honest about The Commons Hotel: I wanted to dislike it. Hard. Why? Well, there was some back and forth about an upcoming event to be held at the hotel, and after I booked my flight *and* hotel stay (paid upfront as the event was under contract), the hotel rescheduled the event for a different day. Hrmph.

After my request to reschedule my stay was flatly rejected by management despite the details above, I was pretty pissed. My choices were to either visit MSP or lose out on a rescheduled flight and my completely paid in advanced room. Off to MSP I went & Annie D and I made the best of it. Please note - I was sure to wipe off my stink eye before I walked into the hotel.

In spite of all of this, the actual hotel was pretty choice. The lobby and appointments were warm and modern, the room was comfortable and nicely appointed. and the front desk staff was quite friendly. Because I rolled in pretty early there weren't any rooms available besides the Presidential Suite. Laugh all you want, but the upgrade only cost me $50 for the day/night and I very much needed a room then instead of waiting until 3pm. That money was well spent and the suite is pretty great if you're hosting a smattering of people.

Overall, I would certainly recommend The Commons Hotel if you're looking for somewhere cool and kitsch to stay near the university. I would only ask that the management is a bit more understanding if the above event situation happens again.

11/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
26. June N.
The rooms were clean and the beds were very comfortable. They have the softest pillows! The gift shop was very interesting. I found some cute things.

11/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
27. Wes O.
Overall, I was very impressed with this hotel from the decor to the room size to my pet peeve about hotels.  Yep, The Commons had plenty of bath towels that were full-sized rather than the typical hotel towel that you formerly saw as a shrunk junior high physical education shower towel. The staff was plenty gracious and accommodating, even moving me to another room because of a poorly running air conditioning in my original room.  

My only complaint is partially beyond the hotel's control.  Namely their parking could use some work.  Parking is a separate charge and for the price of valet parking, I had several issues finding staff to retrieve or park my car.  

However, the hotel is excellent overall and if you can score a deal on Priceline, you'll be even happier.

21/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
28. Henrik C.
Went here for a conference event at University of Minnesota. The hotel is on the campus. It has a very interesting decor. The rooms are moderns with a fresh style. Really liked the rooms. The hallways are a bit dull. The front desk is a bit slow, but the rest of it is really nice. They have a free and a high perf wifi option. The prices are reasonable.

20/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
29. Dan S.
Very disappointed!  We have been here for three nights, and they have not cleaned the room or emptied the trash or replenished the coffee.  They said they typically don't clean after one night, and they did not clean after two because they were 'swamped'.  For $199/night, I expect more!

When we arrived, the AC did not work.  Could not change room because they said they were completely booked.  For some reason they say that we have two devices registered to the wireless internet (we only have one,) so we cannot connect any others.  When I think about it, there really has been nothing they did right!  Will not stay here again.  Ever!!

12/04/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
30. Adabelle E.
Loved this hotel! Great decor and boutique feel. The decorations were very unique! The hotel was very clean and we were very satisfied. Self parking is $15 and valet is $25. The beacon restaurant located near the lobby was great as well. They had great happy hour specials and awesome decor. My only complaint was that the hallway was too noisy and our AC didn't work and it was super warm in the room.

01/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
31. Daniel A.
Staying here now on July 4, 2014.
At 8.35a, loud knock from...housekeeping.

At 8.37a, loud drilling noises. WTH!
I might be slightly hungover but throw me a bone, guys. It's too goddamned early for this shit!

04/07/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
32. Maureen V.
We stayed here while attending the Guinness International Champions Cup game for the convenience of getting to/from the stadium - walking distance!

I was stunned when we entered the hotel. Being an on campus hotel I did not have the highest of hopes. I travel a bit with work and I would rank this hotel near the top of my list. Lobby is absolutely gorgeous! The rooms was a nice size and very nicely appointed. My son laughed when I commented that I loved the light fixture - sometimes its the little details that stand out. There is a full Starbucks attached to the front which made breakfast an easy task and did not break the bank. The onsite restaurant had amazing food and great service!

The only glitch we encountered was the door did not self close completely. I let the front desk staff know as we were heading out for the game and the door was fixed before we got back.

I would like to commend the hotel for having the smoking area far enough from the entrance to not impact the guests coming and going (i"m not a smoker, so thank you), but also commend them for giving the smoking area benches.

With the Metro right out front, for those needed to get out and about, you can easily do it without hopping in a car.

08/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
33. Jamie E.
GREAT hotel! So comfortable and clean and chic. Sort of similar to ACE Hotel but less hipster.

I stay in a lot of hotels and I will always remember this one. And hopefully come back soon!

20/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
34. Mimi B.
I cannot wait to come again!
Nothing is too much trouble.

Greeted at the door when I first checked in.  Even though very busy, people tried to help me with my luggage.  Helped with luggage on the way out as well.  NO attitude at the front desk no matter what I wanted.

Proceeded to my room which was lovely with everything clean and ready.  There were nice fluffy towels and all the bathroom amenities.  I could have used a robe or slippers but not all hotels provide those.  The bed was very nice and clean and comfortable.  Room service from restaurant same price as resto- no upcharge.  

The Public House Bar- awesome.  The bartender was a true mixologist as my friend Jeff says.  I went to the restaurant one night as well and the food was quite nice.  Reasonably priced as well for a hotel restaurant.  

There is an attached Starbucks.  Open early.  Great service.  Was happy to find it as I wanted early breakfast.  

Did not use fitness center but there is one.

The front desk staff especially John and Lynzi were wonderful.  They helped me trade rooms when the hockey and wedding people were just too loud.  They also just made every request possible.   My friend had a flat tire after parking with the valet.  John went above and beyond to try and help.  Real professional and just an upstanding guy.  The customer service really made my stay excellent.

I'll be  back soon I hope and can't wait to stay again.

By The way, did you guys find my hair turban towel?  I forgot it there:?

19/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
35. Katie V.
For the price point, I was underwhelmed. It's trying very hard to be cool and the lobby is impressive. One gets the sense, however, that a lot of corners were cut once you get into the elevators, (dimly lit) hallways and rooms. The carpeting appears cheap and not regularly cleaned and the toilet paper is maybe 2-ply. I am a broke college prof and even I buy softer stuff for my home. No nighttime bed turndown. At check in, I was told I would need to put something in my car to indicate I was a hotel guest, but then they forgot to give it to me. Luckily, I remembered to ask again for it before heading out for the night. It's conveniently located for visitors to the UM campus, but if you are going to be spending time downtown, you might as well pay the same nightly rate and stay at the Hyatt or Hilton. Also, despite a "do not disturb" sign on my doorknob, housekeeping knocked repeatedly in the morning. Annoying. Oh, and the alarm clock in the room randomly went off at 6am. Which I guess is more the fault of the previous guest....

11/04/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
36. Renee S.
I don't know how anyone could give this place less than 5 stars. I recently stayed here for a business trip. And I stayed here AGAIN for a second time most recently because of my first experience. The service is great. The rooms are good. Their newly remodeled (maybe it's not so new anymore? 1+ year?). Fabulous. I would stay here again and again. Thanks for making my week in Minneapolis in the sub zero cold weather so enjoyable, comfortable, and WARM! I'll be back!

05/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
37. RaShonda R.
Stayed here for nearly a week for my job's conference.  When we drove up and I saw an Applebee's anchoring the hotel, I honestly did not know what to expect.  The lobby from the lighting fixtures to the furnishings made for a very warm and inviting entrance.  The hotel and guestrooms seemed to either be new or recently remodeled.  The free WiFi was a plus.

The hotel is situated right off of the University of Minnesota's campus so it was a short walk to get to our various sessions and the Coffman Student Union where our exhibit hall was located.

The staff were all very friendly.  I especially liked that they offered a hotel shuttle that would take you around to various places, you just had to book it in advance.  Definitely saved money on cabs.  Doubt I'll be back in Minneapolis again anytime soon, but I wouldn't mind staying there again.

18/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
38. Mark B.
I recently stayed at The Commons, Minneapolis. While the hotel touts itself as sophisticated and a bit steampunk, it's just another generic place to sleep between wherever you have to be during the day.

Housekeeping is a joke.  Three days passed before anyone from housekeeping did anything. No clean towels, no replacement coffee, no clean sheets, wastebaskets unemptied, etc. I asked the front desk to see to this, but it didn't work. The housekeeper finally showed, was sullen about everything since she arrived at an inopportune time and was asked to come back.  I was out when she returned, and had a hissy fit evidently. The room was untouched except for some new coffee was put out and she wadded up and threw my blankets across the room's chair. Nothing else was changed.

The room was adjacent to the elevators. The elevator space is a huge sonic sounding board which magnifies every possible sound. People stand in the space and talk incessantly, all conversations are clearly and loudly heard in the nearby rooms because the walls are so thin. You can hear everything from the other rooms as well. Flushing toilets, neverending talk about sports and drunken students from UM wandering the halls at 3 a.m.  Yes, the students from UM stay there and do what students do.  Be warned.

Don't even think about the cab situation. The cabbies are lazy, often there are cabs parked at the taxi stand but no one is in them. I got caught in an argument between two cabbies over who got to take my fare. One wasn't anywhere to be seen when I went out, so I waited for a long while. Finally another cab pulled in and I went to use that. The first driver suddenly showed up and demanded I get in his cab. He grabbed my arm, which is assault. I shook him off, and the two drivers began screaming at each other. I went inside, told the desk clerks about it and ended up taking the hotel shuttle (this is the one thing that does work at The Commons, although you cannot exceed a five mile limit and wait times can be lengthy).  The next day the same driver who started the mess was outside again waiting for a fare even though the desk clerks assured me he wouldn't be allowed back. Be warned.

For all its hip displays and fire pits,  The Commons is, well, common. No better than a Holiday Inn. Pricey as well, but since my stay was subsidized by my work the room was covered. The Beacon restaurant is OK, but stay away from room service. It's pretty bad.

18/03/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
39. Jeff T.
Stayed 3 nights in connection with events at the university. Extremely convenient, quiet, clean, wifi worked (but free wifi is slow here), most everything you want in a comfortable place. Not luxurious. Compares well with more pretentious but less comfortable high level hotels in similar cities. Not inexpensive.

04/05/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
40. Jen L.
Love the inventor theme in this hotel.  If you are a science nerd you will absolutely love the decor and theme of this hotel! Everything from the lobby to the rooms had a steam punk theme to it. Love it!

I slept very well in their beds. I wouldn't say it was the best mattress (my mattress at home is the best) but it was very comfy.  Their front desk and valet were some of the friendliest I have come across in a hotel. I had no issues with their service.

t is smack center of the university district.  If you have to visit the University for ANY reason, this place is in the center of it all.  It is within walking distance to everything.  If it isn't in walking distance, they have a free shuttle.  you will have to make reservations for the shuttle, but free is free right? I needed to get to convention center and they shuttled us straight there.

If I am every out here, I will definitely look at staying here again.

23/11/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
41. H. T.
I booked this hotel as part of a package through Priceline. The rates they advertise on their website are on the higher end (for me anyways), but booking through a third party I was able to get a three night stay for under $300.

And I'm really glad I did. I was impressed with this place from the moment I walked in. It is incredibly stylish, from the lobby to the Beacon restaurant (which had a TO DIE FOR apple bread pudding) to our room. The room was spotless and cozy and even came with complimentary q-tips and cotton balls.

It was also conveniently located -- a few blocks from the freeway, right across from the rail, and walking distance to everything you can need (we ate at Stub and Herb ($2 beer!) and the Neapolitan pizza place ($6 small pizza!) while we were there -- both of which were fantastic).

My only complaints are that parking was on the expensive side ($15 a day), and some guest before us had set the fancy ipod docking alarm clock to go off at 5:30 am, and my partner and I could not, for the life of us, figure out how to turn the damn alarm off. And since it was a cordless station, unplugging it made no difference (it held a charge). So we had to fumble at the alarm clock at 5:30 each of the three mornings we were there. It would be nice if they could factor in making sure the alarms are off when they clean the rooms after each guest.

If you have a little extra to splurge and want to stay somewhere that isn't a generic Hilton, I highly recommend this place.

13/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
42. Sarah S.
I've attended a few events for work at the Commons Hotel, more specifically, the Meridian Ball Room. The hotel staff is very attentive and more than happy to point you in the right direction. The hotel is classic but modern. The hotel is connected to the Washington Ave Ramp by skyway. As an event space, I am impressed with the Commons Hotel.

20/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
43. Lori R.
We loved this hotel!  It has character, charm, friendly staff!   The restaurant/bar is nice.  Our room was lovely and very clean.  The bed was quite comfy, shower nice.  

 Yes, parking is $15, but you're on campus here (next to the hospital) so parking is at a premium, and $15 is reasonable.  

 We could not have been happier with our stay unless we could have stayed longer than one night.  Oh, and we got an incredible deal thanks to a bid.

27/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
44. Alan S.
I've stayed here twice; first time there was lots of construction going on and a staff that did not take steps to ensure a quiet and peaceful stay for all; that and a questionable cab ride set up soured me on the place to some extent.  

This time around the early morning construction noise is gone and we are left with a very pleasant, warm, and cozy hotel with a "varsity" feeling to it (i.e. decorated with old school photos of college sports, events, etc).  There is a pleasant fire going in the lobby, plush furniture, and the overall vibe of comfortable and venerable institution of higher learning.  I had minimal interactions with the staff but they seemed professional, polite, and competent.

The rooms are similarly comfortable but there were a few odd and only very slightly annoying issues.  The TV was not connected to the cable and would not turn on.  The rain shower fixture is mounted quite low; I'm about 6 feet so not particularly tall but the shower head was still only about 2 inches over the top of my head.  And the shower tray had widely spaced tines that did not easily hold up the complimentary shower supplies.  

Obviously these are ridiculously minor issues and don't detract from the overall quality of my stay here.  I left the Commons with a much more favorable impression this time around and would happily stay here again.

10/12/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
45. James B.
What a truly excellent hotel.  Came here for a night on business at the University of Minnesota campus and I was wholly impressed from start to finish.  Walking in was amazing, the lobby is beautiful, very well done and makes you feel like you are in a top notch, classy place.  The front desk was very helpful and allowed me to check-in several hours before the official check-in time which was great.  The room was well appointed (though there was a lack of shampoo) and had a nice view of the gigantic gym on campus (made me feel nice and lazy for not working out, but it's truly a beautiful complex).  The bed and pillows were great and the internet was quick.  A top notch experience.

The best perk for this hotel for me was that you truly do not need a car to get around.  It's a block or two from the light rail which goes right to the airport and to all the cool parts of downtown Minneapolis quickly and cheaply.

03/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
46. Helen S.
My stingy side wants to tear my hair out for what I paid to stay a night here. Even with the university discount, the cheapest room amounted to about $160 (single king bed). But I was going for convenience, and being smack dab in the center of campus and across the street from the light rail, it really was a no-brainer.

To future visitors: look between Starbucks and Applebee's. I nearly missed the hotel when I got off the train stop because I was expecting something paralleling the beautiful photos I saw on the website. Instead, Commons (formerly Radisson, according to my parents) blends in with other university buildings in its boxy, red and brown brick casing. Luckily I spotted the giant lettering peeking out from behind the adjacent shops. Drawing closer, the circular driveway framing a giant fireplace begins to hint at what's inside.

The rest of my stay was fabulous. You're greeted by not just a friendly employee, but a cozy, glowing fireplace when you enter. The furnishings? Plush, sophisticated, and hip(ster). Somehow everything looks new and vintage at the same time. Exhibit A: see wall of globes behind registration desk. Minnesota Nice is pretty much how I'd sum up the service (seems like many of them are college students?).

My room was a comfortable 68 degrees when I walked in, and there was plenty of space for me to spread out myself and my things, and then some. Let's talk amenities. An old mini-fridge was in the dresser below the flat screen TV. An also old iHome was on a night stand table, not much use because of the outdated USB port, but convenient for telling the time. The shower handle is located on the wall opposite the shower head (okay, not an amenity but a thoughtful piece of design). And, perhaps the best perk, a Keurig machine with two complimentary K-cups of Caribou coffee (one decaf, one caf). Unfortunately I didn't have time to check out the fitness center and instead stared at the university's jaw-dropping four-story glass gym, but it's there I promise!

Had the best away-from-home sleep ever and awoke refreshed despite the two-hour time difference.

22/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0