Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown
Wife, baby and I enjoyed a weekend getaway in Mid May for a good friends birthday celebration. After a quick 45 minute flight from Milwaukee and a 20 minute train ride from MSP airport we were just a quick walk away from the hotel.
We entered the hotel lobby through the elevators that connect Minneapolis downtown walkways to the hotel. The lobby is bright and full of energy. It has a modern and edgy feel to it. The front desk was fairly small. Just enough for two front desk agents.
Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown Lobby
Our lovely front desk agent was courteous and nice. She advised we were “upgraded”, asked how many room keys were needed and gave our son a very cute, white, Radisson Blu branded teddy bear which we appreciated. We were assigned to a Superior Guest Room on the the 11th floor-room 1111 to be exact.
Radisson Blu Downtown Minneapolis Lobby
The set of elevators is just off to the side of the reception desk. Guests need to have their room keys in order to get up to their assigned floor. While I appreciated the security that this provides it did make it a bit inconvenient to visit friends staying on another floor of the property as I couldn’t reach their floor nor could they reach ours with our room keys. A helpful front desk agent did assist when I did need to visit another floor by swiping his “master key”.
Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown Elevator lobby on 11th floor
Our room was nice. Not very large but average size that met the basic requirements for a comfortable stay generally. I always prefer a room with a separate bathtub in case our baby needs a bath (we don’t bath him in tub/shower combos) so while our room didn’t meet that preference the bathroom was otherwise perfectly fine. The shower had an adjustable hand-held showered with decent water pressure and responsive water temperature. The room was very clean and in very good shape.
We ordered two dental kits and they were brought up to our room promptly. The rest of the bath amenities were fine.
The room had a comfy king size bed along with a desk area and green chair and small end table next to it. We also had a crib delivered up to our room shortly after arriving in the room.
The TV was wall mounted directly across from the bed. There were plenty of channels and the hotel provided free wi-fi. We did not use the wifi during our visit so I cannot speak of the speeds.
We did have a babysitter come stay in the room with our child on Saturday night so it might have been nice to have an executive suite with a bit more room or a separate living area but alas our Club Carlson Gold status didnt have that much pull. The hotel was fairly crowded during our stay and we did see a wedding party on Saturday.
The view was just across the street looking directly at the Minneapolis Marriott hotel. Sadly we had a very rainy weekend in Minneapolis so we didn’t open the curtains much.
ROOM WALKTHROUGH BELOW:
Food and Beverage
Due to the weather we decided to stay in a order room service on our first night at the hotel. The in house restaurant at the Radisson Blu Minneapolis is FireLake Grill House. My wife ordered the veggie skillet, our baby had the oatmeal brûlée, and I had the pannekoeken.
The food was good and was delivered fast. Also the prices were not extraordinary high as they are in many hotels.
I took some photos of the menu, see the selection below:
On Sunday morning after a nice steak dinner and several drinks at Burch Restaurant and a night out on the town we decided to get a late breakfast downstairs in FireLake’s dinning room. We ordered a bowl of oatmeal with fruit for our son, I had the breakfast pizza and my wife a had an egg white frittata (not pictured).
I thought the decor of the restaurant was nice and the bar was really eye catching. I am not sure when this property opened but I was really impressed with the how new or fresh everything seemed. They are doing a good job of keeping the hotel in immaculate shape or perhaps the property is only a few years old?
Overall we had a good stay. Our prior go to hotel in Minneapolis was the W Foshay but I prefer this hotel and would have no problems returning on our next visit. The location is good right in the heart of downtown just a short walk to Target Center or Target Field.
One of the primary reasons for booking this hotel is that we had some Club Carlson points to burn. In fact my wife and I combined our points into my account in order to have just enough for our two night stay. This property required 70,000 points a night which is really absurd in my view but we really don’t use Club Carlson points frequently and when a chance to burn them at a decent property presented itself we jumped on it.
We also continue to hold on to our Club Carlson Visa credit cards which annually awards us 40,000 points a yr in exchange for the annual fee ($60/yr for the business card and $75/yr for the personal card). We feel its a fair deal even though Club Carlson has devalued their award chart substantially in the past few years.
The cheapest cash rate for our two night stay was $198/night or $400+taxes for the weekend!
So using our points in this scenario saved us a decent amount of money and we were happy to burn the points!
Any comments or questions are welcome! Thanks for reading.